Sunday, June 23, 2013

Book Review: The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey

The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
(The Monstrumologist #2)
Young Adult
October 12th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Literary Awards:
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011)
borrowed from library
My Rating:
While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiancé to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, and which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband from death and starvation, and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo.

Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied?

This second book in The Monstrumologist series explores the line between myth and reality, love and hate, genius and madness.
 In this sequel to 'The Monstrumologist' we continue with the story of Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop, whom he is ever loyal to. When Pellinore Warthrop's ex-fiancĂ© shows up and asks him to find her missing husband, his best friend, old thoughts and battles are stirred up and Will Henry finally gets a glance into the part of the doctor that he had not yet discovered. They set off into the Canadian wilderness in search of John Chanler but what they find is an emaciated man on the brink of death and a story of the 'Wendigo' that no matter how much Dr. Warthrop refuses to believe, keeps coming back to haunt them all.

While I didn't think 'The Curse of the Wendigo' quite lived up to 'The Monstrumologist', it was nice to continue with the lives of the doctor and Will Henry in their disturbingly unique career of monstrumology. It was interesting to have a small glance into the Society of Monstrumologists.

As always, Will Henry is indispensable to the doctor and suffers for it greatly at every turn for being the assistant to a scientist is no easy task when facing the unknown. Will Henry is my favorite character, of course, and I liked the character growth and the promise of more within this sequel.

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