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Mutiny in Space

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) #90
Contained In: Choose Your Own Adventure Box Set (88-92) (Collection)
Authors: Montgomery, R. A.
Packard, Edward
Illustrators: Hescox, Richard (cover)
Bender, Howard (interior)
Release Date: 1989
ISBN: 0553278541 / 9780553278545
Length:116 pages
Number of Endings:15
CGally's Thoughts: I remember this one. It had some interesting ideas to it that I can remember even now. In the beginning, when the mutiny occured, you got to choose if you wanted to side with the mutineers or instead join the side of good and be exiled along with your (former) captain.

If you did join the bad guys, your character would later become disturbed by some of their actions, which looking back, was definitely a nice touch. There was even internal strife among the bad guys - one of them privately tells you that he and you might have been better off drifting through space with the captain. This fleshing out of the characters really added a nice touch to the story and brought it to life.

Another thing I remember is how one of the endings involved you and the mutineers all getting caught by authorities. You are told that if you chose to go along with them, you'll be put in jail along with them, but if you did not, you'd be let off the hook. This was to deal with the fact that it was possible to reach this ending several ways.

The one thing that is definitely odd in hindsight, though, is that the main character is a kid! This of course is common for the series, but when you consider the gravity of what could happen to him if he chooses to join the mutiny, it could be a bit disturbing. But back when I was a kid and reading this, I never thought it odd that a child could be sentenced to prison.

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Enigmatic Synergy's Thoughts: I like this one. Edward Packard and R. A. Montgomery team up to deliver a slightly better-than-average book. While some of the endings could have been a little better, the book makes for an interesting read that plays with the notions of space travel and the possibilities/dangers encompassing it. I am curious about the divvying up between both authors; I feel that I am easily able to distinguish Packard's work from Montgomery's work in certain parts, however, in other sections I am sometimes confused as to who has written what. Overall, this book is worth picking up and reading.

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