The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society, composed of Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance, are reunited for a surprise trip organized by Mr.Benedict. But even before their little adventure begins, things go haywire and the four learns of Mr. Benedict’s kidnapping by none other than his evil twin Mr. Curtain. Using clues Mr.Benedict has left for them, the gifted children embark on a journey to continue the supposed scavenger hand and at the same time rescue Mr. Benedict before it’s too late.
I’m the type of reader who likes finishing a series when I start with one and this book is no exception. I liked the first book because it is a quick and enjoyable read. For the second book of the series though, I cannot say I still feel the same way.
- I don’t think the Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance as main protagonists of the story are given enough character distribution throughout the story. Reynie who is obviously the pack leader is always given the spotlight. The other 3 were not given as much credit. Sticky, had some drawbacks in the story. He has had some crisis within himself, lets his friends down big time and then goes full out in the end (which I think is not as helpful). Constance although revealed to have some special qualities, is as stubborn as ever. Kate on the other hand, well she’s the muscle of the group.
- The clues left by Mr. Benedict are what makes the story worthwhile since it makes you guess the answer to the riddles but the manner by which the characters solve the clues are sometimes dragging and repetitive.
- Mr. Curtain as a villain is a disappointment. For a supposed genius like him, he makes very simple mistakes which makes all his plans crumble.
There still is the final book to be told and I’m hoping it will be better than this.