My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One word – ‘AWESOME’
This novel is just a terrific masterpiece that will have you on the edge of your seat, not wanting to put it down but also not to read after dark!
In this tale Monsters ARE REAL… They are horrific, stomach churning, bone crunching beasts from the bowels of Africa.
Then there is the Doctor – The Monstrumologist, Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, who hunts and studies the real-life monsters, while figuring out the mystery of their existence in America.
Then there is his young orphaned assistant-apprentice, William James Henry, the hero of our book!
And Jack Kearns – another Monstrumologist called into the affair who’s way too jolly for his line of work and doesn’t quite have the same human morals as everyone else…
My question is… could any twelve year old boy in this day and age show the same courage and bravery as Will Henry does in this nightmarish adventure?
In 1888, a mysterious midnight vistor brings Dr. Warthrop a young girl’s corpse entwined with a monstrous beast called anthropohagus. A pod has been festering over a period of 20 years and the doctor wants to figure out why they are in America when they reign from West Africa. The characters learn things about the past which they must face if they want to stop the plague of the monsters taking over the town… because they’re hungry and won’t stop until they’re full. With razor sharp knives as claws and teeth, they become a dastardly determined race, hard to extinguish and even harder to for our heroes to survive. A nightmarish adventure that will evoke terror on every page!
Rick Yancey is a former IRS Tax Collector turned best-selling novelist… I’m glad he turned for this book has become one of my top five favourite books of all time. The way Will Henry’s journal captivates his reader with his descriptions and expressions. His description of Dr. Warthrop seemed very affectionate in a loving and admiring way (even though he wouldn’t admit it). Their interactions are loving in a bizarre way. They form themselves an odd little family.
And then entered Jack Kearns… dum Dum DUUUUUMMMMMMM! I loved his quips! He was humourous, but also enjoyed monster hunting WAY too much. Like a madman… a madman who didn’t follow the rules even when it was against human nature, but he was always surprising (not always in a good way).
And the Anthropophagi, beasts… monsters… but they weren’t unlike us… fighting for survival, protecting their young, etc. It was just because they were bigger and scarier and still had no chance against the human race. But for the life of me I cannot remember where I’ve read about them before… Maybe Will Henry’s description of them were so vivid that I could just visualise them straight off. They’re not common as I’ve never seen them on a TV show (and I love those kind of shows, especially Supernatural), but still it’s kind of bugging me…
But then remembering Shakespeare referenced them, but still their description seems very familiar… maybe there was illustrations somewhere… I just don’t know!
Within the first few chapters a line of text stood out at me… many lines have which I quote later from books, but this one I thought rang true…
“There are times when fear is not our enemy. There are times when fear is our truest, sometimes only, friend.”
All I know now is that I’m jumping onto my computer and ordering the next two to read… The Curse of the Wendigo and The Isle of Blood… I CAN’T WAIT!