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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma

by Trenton Lee Stewart

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Series: The Mysterious Benedict Society (3)

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Provides a clever outline of the original Prisoner's Dilemma, along with a twist on its solution / meaning given the four kids. Again the kids have a mission which necessitates they are separated from their elders, but this time Constance also is separated from the other three, leading to a motif in which at various points, they split up. Whether intended as an allegorical exploration of friendship and identity and security, or not, it plays nicely into dynamics typical of the kids' ages. Scenarios involve risk of losing friends, consequences of not supporting one's friends, and how to remain fair while seeking an authentic self.

Again the plot and puzzles emphasise both individual talent and collaboration. Emblematic is that final effort to help rescue Benedict, so in turn he can rescue them: Kate's lasso, Constance's mind reading / messaging, Reynie's plan, Sticky's solution to Curtain's original question "electromagnetic waves". It all seems too tidy written out this way, but on the page it unfolded in a quite satisfying way. ( )
  elenchus | Jun 26, 2015 |
The series is definitely getting better as there is less need to explain the characters and more time given to the actual story. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
Was glad to see some resolution but felt this one was not on par with the first two. Still quite enjoyable. ( )
  learn2laugh | Sep 14, 2014 |
Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance come to life once more in the third installment of the Mysterious Benedict Society series. Del Roy does a fair job of involving the listener through inflection and the occasional chuckle at the antics of the broad cast of characters, though his ability to voice individuals falls flat. This fast-paced story describes the children's adventures as they attempt to thwart the evil Ledroptha Curtain. Stewart's quirky, intelligent dialogue allows for the characters' personalities to be determined easily from the start, though Roy's interpretation occasionally missteps and distracts from the narrative. His pacing also leaves something to be desired, as drawn-out phrases and lengthy pauses leave the listener impatient. (Audiobook reviewed for AudioFile Magazine, 2010) ( )
  kgriffith | Mar 29, 2014 |
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In a city called Stonetown, on the third floor of an old, gray-stoned house, a boy named Reynie Muldoon was considering his options.
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Join the Mysterious Benedict Society as Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance embark on a daring new adventure that threatens to force them apart from their families, friends, and even each other. When an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, the foursome must unravel clues relating to a nefarious new plot, while their search for answers brings them closer to danger than ever before.

Filled with page-turning action and mind-bending brain teasers, this wildly inventive journey is sure to delight.



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When an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, Benedict Society members Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance follow clues on an adventure that threatens to separate them from their families, friends, and even one another.

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