Books by Rick Yancey

THE LAST STAR by Rick Yancey
Released: May 24, 2016

"A haunting, unforgettable finale. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Cassie, Ringer, Ben (aka Zombie), and company fight the final frontier to save the last vestiges of human life on Earth. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

" A roller-coaster ride of a sequel. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
When aliens attack: the end of the world as we know it. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A fizzling anticlimax. (Horror. 14 & up)"
The Monstrumologist quartet wraps up in a haphazard, patchworked finale. Read full book review >
THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey
Released: May 7, 2013

"Nothing short of amazing. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
The challenge? Surviving the genocide of the human race when aliens attack Earth in the not-too-distant future. Read full book review >
THE ISLE OF BLOOD by Rick Yancey
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"He deftly blurs lines between science and the supernatural, and what results is a long, dark-night-of-the-soul journey for both Will Henry and Pellinore that is certain to turn the hearts and the stomachs of every reader who dares open its pages. (Horror. 14 & up)
When an obscure, slimy, flesh-colored pouch is delivered to Pellinore Warthrop's door and renders the deliverer into a bloody, pulpy zombie-like mess, the Monstrumologist has but one course of action open to him. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

Book two of Yancey's excitingly complex Monstrumologist series follows the inquisitively uncertain 12-year-old hero Will Henry and his Monstrumologist caregiver as they pursue the Wendigo, an elusive, yellow-eyed monster that slices and eats the skin of its human prey before violently devouring the internal organs. Their journey takes them on a perilous hike through Canadian wilderness to New York City, where the Wendigo now makes lunchmeat out of Lower East Side tenement inhabitants. Basing his creature on Native-American lore, the Printz Honor winner slam dunks the blend of horror with science and legend, creating a horrifically believable tale. Visceral gore runs amuck, and tensions between the Monstrumologist and his entourage mount alongside the body count. The narrative, flecked with the same surgical illustrations as the first installment, flows evenly through 19th-century turns of phrases and events, resulting in a page-turner of an historical horror that will simultaneously thrill readers and make them sick to their stomachs. (Horror. 12 & up)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

Herodotus, Shakespeare and other writers have noted the hulking, headless, cannibalistic creatures called Anthropophagi. In 1888, these beasts, originally from Africa, have begun attacking a New England village. Documenting the gothic horror in his diary ("discovered" by author Yancey while researching one of his Alfred Kropp titles) is 12-year-old orphan William James Henry, assistant to monstrumologist Dr. Warthrop. Having made the study of monsters a career, the aloof yet just doctor must solve the origin of the Anthropophagi in America and stop their widespread and extremely violent and bloody carnage, which may not rest easy with readers of any age. With numerous nods to H.P. Lovecraft and other literary and historic figures, Will's intelligent diary captures their page-turning, nightmarish adventures and the constructs and evolving scientific theories of the time as well as his budding independence. Together, Will and the doctor also explore human relationships, especially that of father and son, and the dilemmas between science and morality. The ending hints of a sequel, but can readers stomach it? (Horror. 14 & up)Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2008

Alfred Kropp, the intrepid descendent of Lancelot, is caught up in his third mission to save the world. Alfred's magical blood can heal victims' wounds, a talent targeting him for abduction and use as a government experiment. Yancey (Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon, 2007, etc.) crowds his story with over-the-top chase scenes. He puts his hero on a galloping horse pursued by roaring motorcycles, dangles him by a cable under a soaring helicopter and pushes him down a mountain on an inverted garbage-can lid. The work is soaked with action but characters are cutouts: Jourdain Garmot seeks revenge because Alfred killed his father; Nueve, the new Op Nine (the Office of Interdimensional Paradoxes and Extraordinary Phenomena's top agent), is suspiciously creepy; blue-eyed Ashley seems too good to be true. Surviving back-to-back-to-back escapes, Alfred realizes he can trust nobody while racing against time to locate Merlin's 13th crystal skull, an item with the power to destroy the universe. This action novel delivers its advertised thrills, but familiarity with prior titles in the series is helpful. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
ALFRED KROPP by Rick Yancey
Released: May 1, 2007

Modern technology meets ancient legend as readers climb aboard Alfred Kropp's thrill ride to save the world. Although the last descendant of Sir Lancelot, Alfred is not an elitist but endures school humiliation and is flunking most of his classes. Rogue agent Mike Arnold has discovered the two Seals of Solomon and has unleashed demons upon the Earth. Alfred, a potential threat to Mike's plan for domination, is targeted for execution. A last-minute rescue saves Alfred from Mike's bullet, and the hero joins unflappable agent Op-Nine, and the gorgeous Ashley, as part of the special-forces team sent to derail the evil plan and retrieve the artifacts. The fast-moving storyline is geared to a male audience, and boys will not be disappointed with the gruesome consequences for those who look into the demon's eyes. The world's fastest car, huge CW3XD guns that use bullets laced with Alfred's blood and a death-defying sky dive are only a few of the other action magnets sure to attract middle-school readers. Fans of the first episode, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005), will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Alfred Kropp is an overweight, underachieving teen whose main goals in life consist of getting his learner's permit and dating Amy Pouchard. Things take a very unexpected turn, however, when his uncle talks him into participating in a get-rich-quick scheme. The scheme involves stealing a valuable sword (which just happens to be Excalibur), and before Alfred knows it, he has vowed to protect the powerful sword from the motorcycle-riding, sword-wielding Agents of Darkness. Although he wonders why a group of modern-day knights would entrust him with such an important mission, Alfred enjoys a new-found sense of purpose, which is further fueled by his discovery that he is the last descendent of Lancelot. Yancey has hit one out of the park with this original, engaging and sequel-worthy read. He does a fine job of balancing King Arthur's legend with contemporary action sequences well suited for the silver screen. The expertly paced plot will keep action-adventure fans entertained, and those interested in all things Camelot will get a kick out of watching this funny, self-deprecating teenager save the world. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >