Friday, 27 November 2015

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

First things first this book is the second book in a series so if you haven’t yet read the first book then go do that. If you want to know more about that book then click here to read my review of it.

So now that that’s out of the way let me tell you a bit about this book.
The book is set one year after the children initially met and in celebration of this Mr Benedict has arranged a reunion which comes with a mysterious surprise. But unfortunately he goes missing along with the pencil woman (Number Two). After finding this out the children decide to track Mr Benedict and Number Two down by following the clues/riddles he left as a part of their surprise. 

Though I don’t like the plot of this book as much as I liked the plot of the first book I would have to say I still like the second book more (attempting to use phrases such as this book so I don’t have to write the title of the book over and over… it’s such a long title! Ok it’s not that long I just can’t be bothered). I say this because I really enjoyed learning more about the characters and seeing how they changed after their first mission. Also am I the only one who thinks Constance’s talent would be really helpful to have in school when they ask you to look at results in science for example and you have to find what changes when something else changes…??? 

Another reason why this book is better than the first: it’s not as slow! If I got bored while I was reading it mustn’t have been for long because I don’t remember it and I definitely wasn’t sat on the couch wondering when the story would pick up and if it would be worth reading till the end.

I think the riddles were one of the best things about this book. Every time they found a new riddle I tried to work out what it meant before continuing to read and admittedly I didn’t work it out most of the time because I just wanted to keep reading and find out what was going to happen next which is always a good sign in a book.

‘The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey’ is definitely not one of those second books in the series where the first book was brilliant and the second one is a pile of poo or mud or cockroaches or anything else not so nice. Some (me) might say it’s even better than the first book. So if you thought the first book was good then I would definitely recommend the second one to you as well.

Rating: 4 stars.

If you have read this book let me know what you thought about it and if you haven’t what book are you reading at the moment?

Discussion: (this part obviously contains spoilers - hence why it is a discussion - also I couldn't think of what else to call it)
One of my favourite parts of the book would have to be reading Constance’s poem which if you want to read again is as follows:

“The night was black, the owl did call.
I stood upon the silo tall,
Never suspecting I would fall…
Thanks to the boy who bumped me.
Though frightened, I had stayed alert.
No thoughtless slumbering did divert
Me from my task, till I got hurt…
Thanks to the boy who bumped me.”

I found this poem hilarious and I was laughing for quite a while and personally, I think it should be published although to people who haven’t read the book it will seem really weird. Really REALLY weird.  

Also please tell me I’m not the only one who thought of the Hunger Games when they thought they saw a rock yet when they moved closer they realised it was Milligan covered in mud. 

Speaking of Milligan I kind of freaked out when the story alluded to his death. I got to page 360 and I was like this is it, I’m not going to read anymore. He can’t be dead! Kate only just got him back :( But then I got to page 389 and the person reporting whose name I cannot recall said he jumped to his death I was like hmmmm jumped to his death you say??? I think not.

Any way...
Till next time,
Erin xoxo.

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