Monday, 5 October 2009

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: The Monstrumologist: The Terror Beneath - Rick Yancey (PENCIL)


A gruesome gothic-horror adventure about a monster-hunting scientist and his apprentice. Will Henry is an assistant to a doctor with a most unusual speciality: monster hunting! In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown used to late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was feeding on her, Will's world changes forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagi - a headless monster that feeds through the mouthfuls of teeth in its chest - and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatening to consume our world and find the rest of the monsters before it is too late...


In short this is a book like no other. It's pretty unique on the YA market as its set in the 19th Century as new things are not only being discovered but covered up in this monster hunting extravaganza. Its quirky, its got some dark moments but above all it really brings the tale to life in an almost movie like way. The characterisation is fascinating and whilst you do tend to wonder about the Doctor within the key character is an absolute delight to adventure with. Cracking novel and above all one that is an absolute corker of an opener to a new series. I'll be interested to see how it develops.

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