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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma (The Mysterious Benedict Society #3)

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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 e ...more
Kindle Edition, 381 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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Insert Name Here I wold recommend you to read the previous two books before reading this because the entire series is like a big puzzle and a lot of the pieces get…moreI wold recommend you to read the previous two books before reading this because the entire series is like a big puzzle and a lot of the pieces get revealed in the previous books. So, if you have not read the other books the plot may/will be very confusing.(less)
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Elisha Condie
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I really loved the first book in this series, the second a bit less, and this third one by far the least.
It's got the same characters I loved before, but now they are no longer regular, clever kids - Sticky sits down to memorize the entire library catalog in case they need it, Reynie starts to have some mysterious sixth sense where he can sense something is wrong, and Constance, this one killed me-she's venturing into Obi-Wan Kenobi territory by reading minds and pulling Jedi mind tricks. My
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, childrens

The third book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series, is pretty much perfect. We solve all sorts of mysteries like Constance's past and Number Two's real name while trying to stop Mr. Curtain at the same time.

I love how these books are so smartly written. He doesn't write down to children at all. There's so much conflict and a lot of it isn't even Big Bad conflict, it's bureaucracy and government red tape. They're, for lack of a better word, grown-up problems, the kind that make you really
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, youth
A fun, fast read, even for adults. However, I cannot pretend that it is anywhere as good as The Mysterious Benedict Society, or even quite as good as book #2, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey. The situations are increasingly strained as far as believability, as well as being simply less weighty than the original book's. Certain elements - Mr. Benedict's narcolepsy at inopportune moments, Milligan's ridiculous tendency towards injury, etc - are becoming rather rote at this ...more
I AM A VERY DISAPPOINTED HUMAN BEING RIGHT NOW. This book started off fabulously witty and engaging, and the middle was fantastic, but then towards the end the book just sort of lost it's charm? I felt like the ending should have been less melancholy and more BOUNCY. Also this book was the least witty of the series, and the plot was the least engaging. THE CHARACTERS WERE STILL GOLDEN THOUGH SO THERE'S THAT. I think part of my rating could be the fact that it just took me so long to read this. ( ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Constance finds out that she is adopted, she runs away out of sadness. She can’t control her emotions, and can’t think of anything else to do. All the grownups in the house go out on a search party to find her, leaving Kate, Sticky and Reynie home alone. All seems well until a mysterious vehicle arrives at the house. They soon find out that Mr Curtain is out to capture them. The children attempt to run away. In the process, they find Constance but unfortunately get captured as well. They ge ...more
Jan 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It just keeps getting more and more ridiculous. In a world where grown men electroshock small children, hit them on the head with pipes and threaten to break their legs, NO ONE THINKS TO BRING A GUN. What do they bring to combat electricity shooting masochists? Rubber gloves (that can defy physics and REPEL electricity. Yeah, I know, lame) and their other tool. A boomerang.

It's like a bad episode of MacGyver. "Oh no, MacGyver, there's only 35 seconds on the bomb. What will you do? It's ok, I ju
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this supposedly last book of the MBS series, I thought it was very clever how the title was incorporated into the story. Mr. Benedict continues to try and stimulate the superior intellects of his young charges, and is always giving them clever mind games and puzzles to solve. In the opening pages, the four kids are divided into two teams and presented with a "Prisoner's Dilemma"--they are given 3 scenarios with different consequences, and each team must decide not only which scenario they wou ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Actual Review: I liked this book. I felt like the new plot was interesting, with the Stonetown blackout and all. But, I did have some problems, as
The Prisoner's Dilemma is the third book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series.

For those not in the know, The Mysterious Benedict Society is a children's series by Trenton Lee Stewart. It follows the escapades of four specially gifted children as they work with their mentor, the wise and benevolent Nicholas Benedict, to thwart the plans of his evil twin brother, Ledroptha Curtain.

I think it’s easily the best new series to hit children’s lit since the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary (that’s r
Star Shining Forever
Now THIS is the Mysterious Benedict Society we know and love! No plodding travel, disobedient kids, and scarcity of riddles. Just our favorite characters saving the world the way they do best!

The opener is an enthralling real-life Prisoners Dilemma, with the Society locked in 2 attic rooms. Recapping and hashing through it brings to light that the children are all naturally loyal, possibly with the exception of the still cranky Constance, that Kate's physical prowess can still get them out of ju
Dixie Thamrin
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In their third adventure, the Society (and powerful machine known as the Whisperer) are under heavy guard at Mr. Benedict's house. The government wants the machine, as does the nasty Mr. Curtain, who is not above kidnapping the children to get it. Fearing the worst and frightened by her new mental powers, Constance runs away; it is then that Curtain’s Ten Men strike, and the children are on their own, hoping to save the day.

As with the previous entries in this series, I enjoyed immensely the mi
Rachel T 3
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS WAS SO GOOD WoWIE! I had to lay in bed for about an hour and stare at a wall because I was so sad it ended.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars, actually.
The wit so prevalent in the first book has diminished and is almost non-existent.
The plot significantly improved from book 2. Even though I never quite figured out what exactly Mr. Curtain was planning (maybe I was just reading too fast for my brain to register the necessary details), it still was good. *spoiler/* I did NOT see the trap baited with clues coming! */spoiler*
Constance is back to her normal self, as is Reynie.
I mentioned that Milligan is amazing.
Hafsa Sabira
As much as I have enjoyed the first two novels in this series, I have felt exactly the opposite for this one. I simply can't recognize the characters I fell in love with. They become different in this book.

Sticky: Memorizes library catalogues.
Reynie: Depelops sixth sense.
Kate: Becomes The Flash.
Constance: Becomes a mind reader.

Even though many unexplained mysteries unfold in this novel, the rest is pretty much boring. The part till Constance's past being revealed was so dragged on that it took
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun conclusion to this wonderful series.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While on search for their run-away teammate, the kids were captured by the henchmen as ordered by Mr. Benedict's twin, Mr. Curtain. Our kid heroes were held captive but that didn't stop them to fight for what's right. Ending this book, wraps up everything from the first book to third, it was disheartening to say goodbye to the characters and I just wish they'll have another mission soon.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was sadly disappointed by this book. In book one and two all of the characters grow and mature in someway or another. However, in this final installment I felt that there was very little maturing at all. I loved Constance in the other books, her actions seemed appropriate for her age and she even grew up quite a bit. However, in this final book she's four years old and she acts like she is once again a two year old. It would have been fine if he had left her age at three-I can fathom a three y ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I actually liked this one the best. Stewart has definitely gotten better at keeping the story moving and avoiding the slow repetitious elements in the previous two books. Either that, or he got assigned a better editor when the series became a huge success. Whichever it is, it earned him an extra star from me this time.

The weakness of this book is in the predictability. There really isn't anything new to learn about our young foursome in this tale. They are taking the skills they have ma
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Spencer Brokaw
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently read The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma, the third and final book in the trilogy. The story focuses on extraordinarily smart kids Reynie, Sticky, Constance, and Kate. When the power goes off in the city of Stonetown, the children investigate and problems begin to arise. Out of the books, I'd say this is my second favorite, the first being my least. The books gradually got better, although the plot isn't as strong as the second book, which remains my all-time f ...more

I was just reading a negative review of The Mysterious Benedict Society and felt a wave of consensus rushing over me. I have a 9-year old daughter who keeps falling asleep when I read her this book. While she was away for the weekend, I finished it and thought I understood the problem: it's written for the parents not the kids, at least the parents who want to feel clever for grasping a plot about 'grown-up' problems like bureaucracy, mind-control, and subliminal messages. Far superior to this s
Cik Aini
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you know when you read a good book, you'll be wishing the book not to end despite the eagerness that you feel, of trying to finish a good book to know the ending?

This final book despite the adventure begins only halfway through the book make you feel like you are saying goodbye to your closest friends - Kate, Reynie, Sticky & Constance. I love the fact that I stumbled upon this series while visiting Indonesia. I love it too much hence there's sadness etching inside when finally bidding fa
Kayla M.
This book series, including this final book, had me enchanted under its "spell." The author did an amazing job writing about these characters (Mr. Benedict, Number Two, Rhonda, Reynie Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Kate Wetherall, and Constance Contraire.)
I recommend these because of the fictional, fantasy, and truthful side of it.

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Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What am I supposed to read now that I'm finished with the MBS series?? This book was a huge comfort object for me at the beginning of my first semester in college. Still love the characters, premise, plot, etc. Admittedly this is probably my least favorite of the three MBS books, however, I'm still as big a fan as ever and would recommend this series to anyone.
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book over and over and it NEVER gets BORING! It is marvelous and I just can't believe it's the last book in this trilogy! But you can read Trenton Lee Stewart's newest book "The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict". So i hope to have a review on that book when it is released in 2012
More like 2.5 stars.

This book was...disappointing.

I loved loved loved the first one in this series and I really liked the second one...but this one was a letdown. It didn't have the charm and puzzles and FUN that the other two had and I just wished it was over the whole time I was reading it. It wasn't just didn't do anything for me.


Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
amazing in every way possible! recommended to everyone!
Olivia C
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. The whole series is.
Minseo Kim
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017-summer
The children yet again go out on an adventure,
more dangerous than ever.
How Constance's poetry is getting to me,
I can't stop rhyming you see.

I enjoyed reading this series and it is a shame that it ended(now up to us to imagine the future of the Mysterious Benedict Society) but nonetheless, I spent all night finishing it and it was a wonderful story. :)
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Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the award-winning, bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series for young readers; The Secret Keepers, also for young readers; and the adult novel Flood Summer. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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PO Box 251358
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“Now listen, we need to be quiet as mice. No, quieter than that. As quiet as . . . as . . .”
“Dead mice?” Reynie suggested.
“Perfect,” said Kate with an approving nod. “As quiet as dead mice.”
“You've read half the books in this house? This whole house?"
"Well, approximately half." Sticky said. "To be more accurate, I suppose I've read more like" - his eyes went up as he calculated - "three sevenths? Yes, three sevenths."
"Only three sevenths?" said Kate, pretending to look disappointed. "And here I was prepared to be impressed.”
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