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Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 152
Author: Packard, Edward
Illustrators: Schmidt, William (Bill) (cover)
Wing, Ron (interior)
Date: 1994
ISBN: 0553563998 / 9780553563993
Length: 115 pages
Number of Endings: 13
User Summary: You are visiting your Aunt Lily in Southern Florida, near the Everglades. You soon encounter a creature that looks like a giant, hairy ant -- and which spins webs. More and more of them appear, and soon they get hungry....
Jordashebasics's Thoughts:

Surprisingly, I disagree with the other review here.

I actually found this one of the better books from late in the series. Focus is strong, choices actually have reasonable consequences. It's a pretty dark book, though. A number of deaths, and a surprising amount of tension.

The title is a bit silly though. I put off reading this because I kept thinking of stuff like Prisoner of the Ant People, and how wacky that one was.

It's true that there is only one truly good ending, but if you divide the endings in terms of "do you survive?" then there are plenty more.

Mostly, a good read.

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stonemason's Thoughts:

This book makes use of the same Aunt Lily character as book #140 (Horror House). What I found strange, though, is that both books have the same illustrator, and yet the Aunt Lily character in this book looks very different than the one in (Horror House. Here, she's a blonde rather than a brunette and has longer hair! Maybe she bleached it...

Aunt Lily aside, this is an average adventure in the series. It's well written, but death is usually somewhat arbitrary -- there are two "halves" to the book, one for each option of the first choice, but it is impossible to win in one "half." I typically like adventures where the good and bad options make sense logically, if you think about them deeply enough. It's also somewhat dated, since it refers to Hurricane Andrew as if it were a very recent occurance.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to stonemason for the plot summary.
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