Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

(Mine is actually green,
but I couldn’t find that one online…)

“Join the Mysterious Benedict Society as Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance embark on a daring new adventure that threatens to force them apart from their families, friends, and even each other. When an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, the foursome must unravel clues relating to a nefarious new plot, while their search for answers brings them closer to danger than ever before.” (from Goodreads)

Once upon a time, I was ordering birthday gifts and this was on sale so I bought it for myself and lived happily ever after. The End.

This book got to travel around with me a bit more than books usually do which probably is a testament to how good it was. XD

I ate up every clever and heart-filled moment of this book. I especially enjoyed moments when the Society was working together and Constance’s backstory. (Seriously, wow. I never expected to get to know it, but when we did, it made soooo much sense.)

Mr. Benedict completely wrecked my heart in this one. He was so giving and selfless and brave. Reynie was great too, as always, and everyone. Constance was fun as a satire of a typical little kid–noticing patterns, getting her way, and subtly letting adults know what she needs.

Something I especially loved in this book (and the whole series, really) is the family relationships both by blood and adoption. Don’t get me started on the amazing loyalty between Kate and her dad, Milligan. Also, the Washingtons and Sticky are sweet, and even though I relate to him least of all, Sticky is growing on me and it’s neat to see his character develop. There was even a hint of this sort of relationship on the evil side which was surprising and interesting… So much love and trust and loyalty in this book. (I mean, I should have expected that from the title. XD )

It ended on a truly triumphant note, and I’m so glad to have read this series. ❤

Just a note, the Ten Men can be very threatening, and there are injuries, kidnappings, and a lot of general peril on about the same level as the other books.

Best quote: Reynie felt an old, familiar ache. He instantly recognized it as loneliness–or in this case anticipated loneliness–and not for the first time he lamented his too-vivid imagination.

(And then there’s the beautiful sentence about Milligan on pg. 337, but it’s a spoiler, sweetie.)

Altogether, this was quite satisfying, and I understand now why this is well-beloved. 😉

It remains to be seen whether or not I’ll read the prequel and the new book. 😉


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