The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

The Prequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart

Synopsis: Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society, there was simply a boy named Nicholas Benedict – now it’s time to meet the boy who started it all. Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict has more problems than most children his age. Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose, but he also has narcolepsy, a condition that gives him terrible nightmares and makes him fall asleep at the worst possible moments. Now he’s being sent to a new orphanage, where he will encounter vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances — and a mystery that could change his life forever. Luckily, he has one important thing in his favor: He’s a genius. On his quest to solve the mystery, Nicholas finds enemies around every corner, but also friends in unexpected places — and discovers along the way that the greatest puzzle of all is himself.

I wasn’t as big of a fan of this one, as I was the rest of the series. This one just had such different vibes and such a different flow that I just didn’t love. The characters are okay. Nicholas isn’t the Nicholas Benedict that we know and love from his future. He’s much different, a little less quirky and definitely not as much fun.

It may have been a lot better if I had read this one first, however I didn’t realize it was going to be a prequel. I assumed it was an actual fifth book to the series when I started. So maybe that made quite a difference to my feelings about this one, I had time to fall In love with the feelings that the mysterious Benedict society gave me and now I just feel slightly let down by this one.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a decent story with a cute plot and the author really knows how to pull you back into the feelings of childhood. It was fun to see where he got his beginnings and how he coped with his disease before he had Number two and Rhonda. However it was just a little boring, not much drama and action seemed to happen. It was just a story without much happening. I don’t know how to explain it right now, I just know it didn’t live up to what I was expecting from a book of this series.

As for the series as a whole though, I would absolutely recommend it… just maybe read this one first? Maybe that would help.

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