Book Review – The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
The fabulous foursome readers embraced as The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission, significantly closer to home. After reuniting for a celebratory scavenger hunt, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are forced to go on an unexpected search — a search to find Mr. Benedict. It seems that while he was preparing the kids’ adventure, he stepped right into a trap orchestrated by his evil twin Mr. Curtain.
With only one week to find a captured Mr. Benedict, the gifted foursome faces their greatest challenge of all — a challenge that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and will require them to fight for the very namesake that united them.
I loved Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society (here’s my review), so the sequel The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey was definitely on my TBR list. Honestly, I was so pumped about immersing myself in the further adventures of Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance – the four exceptionally talented kids who acquitted themselves so admirably in their first mission for their mentor Mr. Benedict.
In The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are brought together again one year later by Mr. Benedict for a new mission. The original plan was that the children would be embarking on a surprise adventure – a globe-trotting scavenger hunt where they will have to solve special clues that Mr. Benedict has left for them at each stop. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan, and the treasure hunt instead becomes a race to save their mentor’s life. Mr. Benedict has been kidnapped by his evil twin Mr. Curtain, and the only way to find/rescue him may be by successfully completing the treasure hunt! Will the children be up to the task?
The four kid members of The Mysterious Benedict Society and their strong friendship was a huge reason why I enjoyed this series so much – and let me assure you that the kids are as clever and lovable here as in the first book. The children are like family now, and it’s so satisfying to see them working so well together. Another plus for The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey is that the plot is much more fast paced & exciting this time around. Book two is much more action-oriented, and the children have to quickly figure out brain-teasing riddles and puzzles while dodging Mr. Curtain’s henchmen on their hops around the world (going as far as Portugal and Holland!). There’s lots of twists & turns, plus tense exciting scenes where I was literally at the edge of my seat – hoping that the kids would be able to outsmart their enemies!
There is a fair amount of having to suspend your disbelief though when reading the book – the children truly have extraordinary talents (especially three year old Constance who develops extra sensory powers) and the non-villain characters are all unbelievably noble & idealistic (for example, Kate’s secret agent father Milligan takes special pains not to kill anyone, even those who would have no qualms about killing his daughter).
And now am off to get the last book in the trilogy!
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart is available on Amazon as a Kindle Edition ($6.99), Hardcover Edition (Bargain) ($6.55), Paperback Edition ($6.99) and Audible Audio Edition ($29.95).