Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

“The Mysterious Benedict Society is up against 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.” (from Goodreads)

After the magic that was The Mysterious Benedict Society, I ordered the sequel from Book Outlet* and put it in the “Read This Sometime, It’s Gonna Be Good” queue.

It was good. 😀

I love how the characters were affected (for good and for ill) from the first book and the growth that happened in them. And it was great to see the bonds between them strengthen. Reynie and Constance have a particularly sweet sibling-ish relationship. Speaking of Reynie, his struggles always speak so much to me and are often something I need to hear. XD

The treasure hunt in this was sooo much fun! And dangerous. And fun. I especially liked the place names that were clever wordplays, and the kind adults that helped them along the way. The children’s gifts were stronger than ever and complemented each other so well. And Constance. O.o. They were up against an even more powerful enemy in this one, and with Mr. Benedict out of commission for a good deal of it, things got pretty crazy. I did love how he was more in control than he seemed but no spoilers. 😉

This wasn’t my favorite in the series only because the themes were less strong and didn’t “sparkle” as much as the first one. Also, something Mr. Benedict said at the end about being “clever enough to take advantage” of the goodness inside of people sounded a bit supervillain-ish even though I think I understand what he meant (and he did regret some things about S.Q.). 😉

Just a note, the agents on the side of evil were very threatening to the children. There was also some lying and running away.

Best quotes: Mr. Curtain pursed his lips, pretending to consider. “But you’re right, it may prove too much of an inconvenience. I’ll need to reflect upon it. What do you say, Benedict? Would you prefer to be gotten rid of entirely, or to sleep your life away in a closet?” “I am partial to long naps,” Mr. Benedict said. “But I’ve never been gotten rid of before, so it’s difficult for me to say.”

“You’ve all grown so much!” said Number Two, jotting the figures down on a scrap of paper. “I suppose that’s to be expected. At some point your bodies have to catch up with your hearts.”

Altogether, I enjoyed this sequel, and falcons are cool.

*My budget-breaking happy place.

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