The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
Monstrumologist series #2
Simon & Schuster, 2010
My Rating: 3.5/5
While Dr. Warthrop is attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, his former fiancÉe asks him to rescue her husband, who has been captured by a Wendigo—a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh. Although Dr. Warthrop considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and performs the rescue—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, and 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. (source: Goodreads.com)
Another adventure between Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry is complete! But how did it compare to the first book?
Well, like many sequels, it fell a bit short for me but it was still an enjoyable read. Let’s break this down into categories.
This sequel had significantly less gore than the first book, and it felt like most of it was concentrated near the end in a final scene. I was expecting an equal amount of gore as in the first book with it being about as evenly spaced.
2. THE MONSTER
One of the things I loved about the first book was the description of the monster. It felt like it could really exist. In this book, the wendigo is a bit more loosely defined: we are left with the option of there being no monster at all, and instead perhaps a psychological or biological explanation.
3. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
We are introduced to Dr. Warthrop’s personal history. Much of the book is devoted to learning about his past and how it has made him the man he is today. I loved this aspect of the novel because it allowed the reader to see the doctor in a new light: he isn’t a stuck up asshole for no reason.
Will Henry also has a significant amount of character development, partially in that he becomes more comfortable with himself and his desires.
The first part of the book felt slow because the tone was very dreary. As the tone heightened in excitement, the events of the story started to fall into place.
5. CREEPY FACTOR
This book was less creepy than the first one. The monster wasn’t as scary and the setting offered a different kind of fear. For a portion of the book, our characters are essentially camping in the snowy wilderness of Canada while something *could* be running around in the dark waiting to kill them. That is a different type of creepy than what was offered in the first book, in that there IS something in a specific place and we are going to go check it out. The wilderness aspect added an edge of uncertainty and unpredictability.