The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages

The Fourth book in The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart

Synopsis: 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.

Apparently a few years have gone by since the last books, it states that Constance isn’t technically a preteen yet but she’s close so I’m assuming Constance is 11-ish now.. which means that since the first book when she is 3 approximately 8 years have passed.. which means that the older kids being 12 in the first book would now be at least 19 or 20! I didn’t understand the timing of the ages at all! Especially since the way the author wrote them, they all still felt like they were 12. I liked the premise of the age up, but I just don’t think the author knew HOW to age up his characters. It could have been done much better if they actually talked or acted like young adults. (Aside from Constance obviously)

That issue aside though, this one has some intense age revelations… growing up is scary and confusing and then you think about it do we never really even grow up? Do we ever really lose the child that we were, or do we just become more, and add to that child as we grow? It was quite a thought.

The ten men in this one were incredibly annoying, they were so condescending and just talks down to the society. (I get it, they’re bad guys) but in this one they’re talking to Kate and Reynie and Sticky as if they’re even younger than the previous books, they’re talking to them like as if they’re four years old or something. I really hated that. usual story was fun, it had mysteries, lies, confusion, hidden motives, surprises, drama, riddles, action and secret plans (even though they were quite confusing).. speaking of secret plans, I hate how they treated Constance! I get that they had to for her own mental problems.. but honestly I just felt so bad for her the entire time. Poor girl.

This series continues to keep my attention! Unfortunately I think the last book is a prequel? So I think my time with the kiddos is done? Which is sad.. I would have liked to have a little more settled and know where they ended up. But I’m excited to hopefully see mods or where Mr.Benedict came from.

I rate this book




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