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Daredevil Park

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) #114
Translated Into: Luna-park dlya smelchakov [Луна-Парк для смельчаков] (Russian)
El parque endiablado (Spanish)
Terror a Daredevil Park (Catalan)
Terror en Daredevil Park (Spanish)
Authors: Compton, Sara
Compton, Spencer
Illustrators: Huerta, Catherine (cover)
Bolle, Frank (interior)
Release Date: 1991
Stockton's Thoughts: Basically, you win a contest and get to go be the first to ride the rides at the new Daredevil Park, touted as the greatest theme park in the world. The writing in this is very good, with more description than usual. I especially liked the paragraph at the beginning which talks about how you only have something like a one in two million chance of winning the contest.

The plot here runs the gamut of amusement park disasters and horror stories, from disgruntled employees to political protests. It had great potential to loop back into itself, but the authors never did so and the unfortunate result is lots of dull page flipping. Events here are mostly random, but given that no kid would explore a theme park in any logical order, the story fits well with the medium.

Although the ending where you get electrocuted after playing video games in the bathtub (yet another great CYOA "what the heck?" moment) was stupid, it was also really funny in a twisted kind of way. There are one or two other dumb endings here as well, but they're relatively minor. On the whole, I thought this was a really good book.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Stockton for the cover scan.
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