Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998)
Wing, Ron (interior)
Hostage! was mentioned in a list online as being one of the... craziest CYOA books. Their description was not accurate.
This book is surprisingly straightforward. No major tangents, reasonable choices, mostly good consistency.
While your class is touring Washington, D.C., a local institute for biological research is invaded by a terrorist group, and your bus is taken hostage. You get some choices about trying to escape, or you can stick with your classmates on the bus.
The terrorists want a bunch of other terrorists released from prison, and are using a killer virus being held in the institute as leverage. There's a good amount of drama with this, swapping vials of the real virus for fake virus, you can be injected with the virus, and most importantly, there is a balance of good and bad endings.
I love when the books aren't afraid to go into some dark places. There's an ending that results in the end of mankind. I love it!
This book has been fairly hard to find, and seems to be high-priced. Of the expensive ones, this has been the most satisfying so far.
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