The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages

Little, Brown puts on its thinking cap for The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages by Trenton Lee Stewart, reuniting the characters from this series to complete an urgent new mission...

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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages Reviews

  • Megan {A Barefoot Gal}

    HOORAY.

    I'm still a tad confused, and confused if I am confused or not... but that probably has something to do with the fact that I read it in about five hours. AHH I LOVE THIS SERIES. I was actually really happy that I got to see the characters grown up! It was interesting how you didn't know what some of what the characters already knew (at least

    didn't, again that could be because I missed something?) because I hadn't seen that as much in the other books, but it turned out great! I LOVED I

    HOORAY.

    I'm still a tad confused, and confused if I am confused or not... but that probably has something to do with the fact that I read it in about five hours. AHH I LOVE THIS SERIES. I was actually really happy that I got to see the characters grown up! It was interesting how you didn't know what some of what the characters already knew (at least

    didn't, again that could be because I missed something?) because I hadn't seen that as much in the other books, but it turned out great! I LOVED IT. I wasn't a huge fan of the new member, but it didn't bother me a ton.

  • raffaela

    This is perhaps my most anticipated book of the year (although, that's partly due to the fact that most of the authors I read are, well, not churning out any more works anymore).

    is one of my favorite children's series ever, and right after I had finished re-reading it I found out about this book. Ever since I've been eagerly awaiting it, but I was also slightly nervous that it wouldn't be as good or even that it would ruin the series for me, based on experiences

    This is perhaps my most anticipated book of the year (although, that's partly due to the fact that most of the authors I read are, well, not churning out any more works anymore).

    is one of my favorite children's series ever, and right after I had finished re-reading it I found out about this book. Ever since I've been eagerly awaiting it, but I was also slightly nervous that it wouldn't be as good or even that it would ruin the series for me, based on experiences with... well, with other series.

    My fears were unfounded. This book is just as good as the second and third books (not quite as good as the first, but only because it would be nigh impossible to beat that), and it is a beautiful continuation of the series while still being its own unique book. The characters are older, yet still themselves - and the themes of growing up and accepting the change that comes with that while still holding on to the memories and the friends of the past really resonated with me. It's classic Stewart, in other words. I'm sure that I will love it even more reading it for the second time.

    I'm so grateful for this series, and I'm glad Stewart came back for more.

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    Original Review (pre-release):

    Release Date: SEPTEMBER 24, 2019.

    Amazon synopsis: "Since The Mysterious Benedict Society debuted twelve years ago, the series has become a modern classic, drawing comparisons to J.K. Rowling and Roald Dahl and selling over three million copies. Some time has passed since the inimitable quartet of Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance have had a mission together. But with the arrival of a new Society member -- and a new threat -- they must reunite to face dilemmas more dangerous than ever before, including the villainous Mr. Curtain and a telepathic enemy tracking their every move, not to mention a dramatically preteen Constance.

    In its triumphant return, the Society encounters all new challenges, but the series' trademark sly humor, sweet camaraderie, hairsbreadth escapes, and mind-bending puzzles are all as engaging as ever. Fans of the series will be thrilled to see the Society has grown up a little with them, while a new generation of readers will fall in love with these irresistible adventures."

    *screams*

  • Aria

    AHHH FINALLY AT LONG LAST! It definitely lived up to my expectations, although, I think the other ones were a bit better. :)

  • Els

    It was interesting? Admittedly, I wasn't in the perfect MBS mood, but it was charming as always (and it's grand to be back!) I laughed so many times, and this one managed to hit on growing up - the same terrors I'm going through - in all the right places. This, and everything Trenton Lee Stewart, will always be a favorite, but somehow this one didn't quite make it to the top. Maybe it's the fact that Kate doesn't carry her bucket anymore, or that I found the riddles boring (I'm not saying they'r

    It was interesting? Admittedly, I wasn't in the perfect MBS mood, but it was charming as always (and it's grand to be back!) I laughed so many times, and this one managed to hit on growing up - the same terrors I'm going through - in all the right places. This, and everything Trenton Lee Stewart, will always be a favorite, but somehow this one didn't quite make it to the top. Maybe it's the fact that Kate doesn't carry her bucket anymore, or that I found the riddles boring (I'm not saying they're

    (in fact I only solved one) but they're

    ) ANYWAY. I'll binge the whole series sometime when I'm in a true MBS mood, and I'll probably love it twice as much. Unfortunately, my MBS, along with my

    , which I desperately want to reread now) are packed deep in moving boxes. Phooey on moving & also my own methods of getting through my TBR.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    Did I just finish the book—the book I’ve waited seven years for—in less than five hours?

    Oops.

    Let’s first talk about my overall excitement, eagerness, and also nervousness about this fourth book.

    I first read this series when I was about ten and loved it. Book #1 will always have a special place in my heart that is shown through my fangirling and owning approximately half a dozen copies of the first book. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the second and third book—I definitely did—but it’s the fi

    Did I just finish the book—the book I’ve waited seven years for—in less than five hours?

    Oops.

    Let’s first talk about my overall excitement, eagerness, and also nervousness about this fourth book.

    I first read this series when I was about ten and loved it. Book #1 will always have a special place in my heart that is shown through my fangirling and owning approximately half a dozen copies of the first book. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the second and third book—I definitely did—but it’s the first book and Mr. Benedict’s story that I cannot read fast enough.

    In preparation of this fourth book, I decided to reread this classic series and I’d like to say that even at ten years later, I truly do love this series.

    Because of my great fondness, I was definitely nervous about this fourth book: What if it didn’t feel right? What if I was disappointed? Would it be weird to see the characters a bit older?

    I think these fears were valid and I did read this newest addition on pins and needles.

    However, I’m quite glad to say that I did really enjoy this novel. It was just as clean as the previous books and had all the same suspense and action fellow fans of the series will notice. There are a few new faces in

    and while I do personally think the ending was a little rushed, I really enjoyed it and it was oh-so-special to see the much loved characters. It was fascinating to see Renyie, Kate, and Sticky all around my current age now and dealing with their emotions towards their friends and what is next in their lives.

    The best way I can think to end this happy review is to say how absolutely lovely it was to see The Mysterious Benedict Society again and though it wasn’t my favorite in the series,

    .

    Original review:

    I literally cannot contain my excitement for this book! Elementary school Lindsey is thriving! :D

  • Mary

    Wow. That had to be one of the most unique books in this series. The originality of this series was one of the things that initially drew me in, but the characters kept my interest. I love them all, but Kate stole my heart. She is daring and adventurous, but one of the kindest and caring ones as well. She's not abrasive, she skydives, ground-dives, is extremely fast, can pick locks, and is fun to be around. Life is never boring with her.

    Another aspect of this book that made it irresistible is t

    Wow. That had to be one of the most unique books in this series. The originality of this series was one of the things that initially drew me in, but the characters kept my interest. I love them all, but Kate stole my heart. She is daring and adventurous, but one of the kindest and caring ones as well. She's not abrasive, she skydives, ground-dives, is extremely fast, can pick locks, and is fun to be around. Life is never boring with her.

    Another aspect of this book that made it irresistible is the team itself. Rennie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance look out for each other and truly care about each other's well being. Their conflicts weren't immature squabbles, but reflected deep issues they had. I mean, let's face it; they've got evil masterminds against them, who needs drama? It only scares the poor reader (ahem, me) to see their miscommunications. And if love triangles will factor into this series anywhere, I might just have a coronary because I love this band of characters and I'm not not letting anything break them apart. Unfortunately (but fortunately) I'm not in charge. That's inevitable when a cast of characters grow up. They go their own ways, and I can start to see that happening already.

  • Aiden Heavilin

    **Spoilers ahead**

    Wow, this hurts.

    The first "Mysterious Benedict Society" novel is so good its almost unfair to other books. There are many things you can enjoy as a child that then fade as you grow older, that first novel is not one of them. It remains a beautifully plotted and paced story; I love the atmospheric dystopia, citizens of an anonymous city trapped in a vaguely defined political "Emergency", a mysterious academy on Nomansan Island, an exiled genius recruiting a team of children to i

    **Spoilers ahead**

    Wow, this hurts.

    The first "Mysterious Benedict Society" novel is so good its almost unfair to other books. There are many things you can enjoy as a child that then fade as you grow older, that first novel is not one of them. It remains a beautifully plotted and paced story; I love the atmospheric dystopia, citizens of an anonymous city trapped in a vaguely defined political "Emergency", a mysterious academy on Nomansan Island, an exiled genius recruiting a team of children to infiltrate the heart of darkness that is "The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened." I love the nightmare nursery-rhyme classes and the horrific secrets of the academy, "The Waiting Room" of sludge and insects, the Drapeweed Traps if you stray too far off the path.

    There is a demented fairy-tale madness to the first novel; Jackson and Jillson, rhymes and riddles... and this old-time atmosphere is married to a steampunk aesthetic and a truly heartwarming story of adventure and friendship. "The Mysterious Benedict Society" is like a perfect brew of Roald Dahl and Franz Kafka, a gripping, engaging, moving story which evokes, chapter to chapter, nearly every emotion one could ask from a book. It is an adventure in its purest form, and I treasure its sheer creativity.

    Creativity is something that would diminish, slightly, during the following two installments, although they had their moments. I loved the European Treasure Hunt of "Perilous Journey", the terrifying fight in the abandoned town, the mysterious "Duskwort Papers"... It didn't have the magic of the first novel, but it was an admirable sequel. "Prisoner's Dillema" again represented a slight drop-off in quality, but it was still leagues ahead of its competition.

    And then the prequel "The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict" somehow even surpassed the first novel in the series. "Extraordinary Education" is, in my mind, a perfect novel, the final third of which is almost emotionally overwhelming. It's more than just a children's book, it's a masterpiece.

    All of this, not to mention the fact that Trenton Lee Stewart's first novel "Flood Summer", (an adult novel with nothing to do with the Mysterious Benedict Society) is.... uh.... my favorite book of all time, might have raised my expectations too high for "The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages."

    But... man, I did not expect it to be this bad. Going into the novel, I was looking forwards to the riddles and escapades and adventures, the twisty plot and the comraderie between the team. I was looking forwards to every chapter introducing some new and clever twist or idea. But it seems Stewart's creativity and passion for the series has run out, which I can hardly blame him for. Two exemplary novels and two very good ones is a good enough track record to cement the Benedict books as one of the best children's series of all time... but still. Wow.

    Almost nothing happens in "Riddle of Ages". And a slow pace has always been a feature of Stewart's novels, the lengthy testing scenes at the beginning of the first novel, the opening scenes in the house of "Prisoner's Dillema." Yet in those previous novels, there is always a strong undercurrent of suspense and anxiety pressing the plot forwards even through pages of quiet conversations.

    During the first 200 pages of "Riddle of Ages", almost nothing happens. Only one character even *leaves the house* for the first half of the novel.

    Pacing is one of the main problems. The previous novels spaced the story out over weeks, even months of action, allowing for a real sense of scale and time. The events of "Riddle of Ages" occur within exactly two days, which comes out to about *200 pages a day*. This leads to the story seeming both rushed and dragged out. Almost nothing happens, but it takes forever when it does happen.

    The actual story itself is immensely disappointing. A group of Ten Men are attempting to break Mr. Curtain out of prison. Okay, that would be a good first few chapters maybe to set off a new story, but that's the *whole plot*. The entire book occurs in two locations, Mr. Benedict's house and the prison on Nomansan Island. For the first 200 or so pages, the society sits around talking, explaining, and summarizing days and days of backstory that could have been *shown* rather than told. It annoys me to no end when the exposition that characters explain during team meeting scenes would have made a better story than the *actual plot of the book*.

    After this interminable opening half, the society go to the prison on Nomansan Island to stop the Ten Men and save Mr. Benedict. Nearly every scene during this half of the book consists of technobabble and standing around in dark hallways. Gone are the inventive locales of "Prisoner's Dillema", the secret passages of the original novel, the gothic mansion of secrets in "Extraordinary Education." This entire book except for one or two scenes takes place indoors in hallways. This book feels like a low budget movie that couldn't afford to shoot on interesting sets.

    I remember a hilariously awful description of two Ten Men avoiding Milligan's tranquilizer darts by moving left and right as if in a "lethal dance". This is described as something going on in the background as Kate attends to a different task. Also, this is probably the best scene in the book, which might tell you something about the quality of the surrounding scenes.

    This book possesses no magic, very little creativity, and an extreme reliance on nostalgia to evoke emotion. The only true emotions I felt during this book came with a few cameos of characters from "Extraordinary Education." In other words, the best parts of this book were when it was reminding me of other, better books.

    I'm honestly shocked by just how poorly written, uneventful and *boring* this book is. Trenton Lee Stewart has honestly never let me down before. Even his novel "The Secret Keepers", although deeply flawed, was a fun and unique story. Stewart is truly one of my favorite writers. Like I mentioned earlier, his novel "Flood Summer" is my *favorite book ever written by anyone ever*

    Maybe this book was a contractual obligation, or maybe it was just written to pay the bills. I don't know.

    "Riddle of Ages" does not make me think less of the previous novels, nor does it make me think less of Stewart as a writer; not even a little bit. This is a misstep, to be sure, but, man, the first Mysterious Benedict Society book really is just *that good*. So is "Riddle of Ages" an example of wasted potential.

    Honestly, I don't think so. "Prisoner's Dillema" was imperfect, but the ending was honestly excellent, leaving just a perfect amount of ambiguity and wrapping up the most important threads. There was no point to continue the story, the story was over. And it's weird to me that all this novel does is undo the"Prisoner's Dillema" ending and then quickly return it to the same state of equilibrium again.

    Maybe here's a better way of stating that. In "Riddle of Ages", all four of the society's members are looking at different, personal paths. Reynie has been accepted to dozens of top universities, Sticky has been offered the opportunity to head up one of the top science labs in the country, Kate is becoming a secret agent for her father's agency, etc. Each are afraid to pursue these routes though, because they know it would mean the end of the Society. The arc this seems to be setting up is an acceptance that people change with time and that you can't keep holding on to the fun things of the past. I was looking forwards to a scene of Reynie heading to Harvard, Sticky entering the laboratory on his first day, etc. This would have been an emotionally powerful way to end the story.

    But at the end of "Riddle of Ages", the society ends up agreeing to *delay or even cancel entirely* these personal paths, and to stay together at "home", which seems like not only a tepid, pathetic conclusion to what could have been an emotionally powerful, meaningful story arc, but also a metaphor for the novel at large. This book is a refusal to move forwards and move beyond, a story that relies entirely on nostalgia and faded laurels to court reader goodwill. In short, it's a story that like the characters at the end, refuses to grow up.

  • Haven

    I. AM. SO. PUMPED. FOR. THIS.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Middle school Haven is extremely happy right now... I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS this made my day!!!!!! ACK!!!

  • anya

    The ghost of my former elementary school self and my current self are both screaming in perfect synchronicity right now

    I

    NEED

    THIS

    BOOK

  • Iris

    WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS WAS A THING HELLO THESE BOOKS WERE MY CHILDHOOD OMFG I'M SCARED

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