THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY By Trenton Lee Stewart [Review]

The Mysterious Benedict Society book

I picked up a copy of THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY a few months ago while visiting the infamous Powell’s bookstore in Portland, OR. At that time, it was on the store’s top seller’s list and because it looked interesting I picked it up. The story is about four young orphans: Sticky, Reynie, Kate, and Constance. They all show up to a mysterious test advertised in the local paper that seeks gifted children “looking for special opportunities”. Although they are not sure what the test is, or what happens if they pass, each child succeeds. They then find themselves inducted to the Mysterious Benedict Society, a special group of agents, lead by a Mr. Benedict, that is working to destroy a plot that could in-danger the whole world. The evil mastermind behind it all is Mr. Curtain – a man that uses children at the private school he owns to carry out his sinister plan.

Mr. Benedict’s plan is to have Sticky, Reynie, Kate, and Constance enroll undercover at the school to gain information so Mr. Benedict and his team and over throw Mr. Curtain and his henchmen. The book that contains all the required elements of a good young adult book – clever children with nothing to lose, an evil plot to destroy the world, and a race against good and evil. The only problem with the book, and why I only give it 3.5 starts out of 5 is that it moves slow. I’m not just speaking about the plot either, the characters are also very slow to develop.I recommend that you give this book at least 200 pages before writing it off as it does pick up towards the middle, and has a fun action-packed ending.

There are a couple more books in the ‘Benedict’ series that I have not yet checked out, although I might after reading this first one. Has anybody out there read any of the others? If so, please leave me a comment and let me know if they are worth checking out.

Here are some quotes from The Mysterious Benedict Society:

“I see you are wondering where the unpleasantness comes in” said Mr. Benedict, “as well you might. Let me tell you, then: The project is dangerous. It is a mission – one that may put your lives at risk”

“Ha!” Mr. Curtain cried, seeming quite pleased indeed. “And Yet observe.”. He tunred the package upside down and out of it spilled hundred of little pieces of paper. “One package, yes, but one package may contain many things, do you see?”

“Kate’s ear had been to the pipe when she heard the splash – she’d barely had time to jerk her head back before the hot water gushed out”.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Little Brown | Pages:485 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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