ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES?
A peculiar advertisement in a newspaper drawn the attention of children to participate in some series of mysterious and mind-wrecking tests. In the end, only four children are chosen. They are joined together by Mr. Benedict along with his assistants Number Two, Rhonda Kazembe and Milligan in an underground mission that only these kids can accomplish.
Meet the Kids — Reynard “Reynie” Muldoon, George “Sticky” Washington, Kate Wetherall and Constance Contraire. These kids are mostly alone, or to be proper, orphans. They are teamed-up to do a special mission, which is to know who is the ‘sender’ of subliminal messages that is sent to the minds of the young people through the television, the radio, etc…so much that these kids enter an institute to investigate the matter. The institute is named as Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened (L.I.V.E.) which is founded by the ‘sender’ itself, Ledroptha Curtain. To these kids’ reactions, He is very very much like Mr. Benedict except that Mr. Curtain is riding an automatic, engine-noised wheelchair and a weird eyeglasses! It turns out that he is Mr. Benedict’s long-lost twin.
In the end, they are able to discover the truth behind those weird-ness of the students, messages/out-of-this world lessons, the Whisperer machine, the amnesia of the Helpers and was able to stop them (only them children can stop it!) with their amazing skills and knowledge. Mr. Curtain was captured but was able to runaway. Oh well, it’s the least of their problems now that the Whisperer machine is destroyed.
Mr. Trenton Lee Stewart did a great job in mixing action scenes (take note of Kate’s skill — superb!) and yes, some nice-to-know facts! I can’t even put it down for the reason that every time I turn the page, there always be an action, a thrill, a surprise to meet. And it’s like written Lemony Snicket-ish but a lot more positive concept/plot of the story (Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events are really are unfortunate). Thumbs up!
Book # 19 for 2010
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Bookmarks: 4/4 stars