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Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 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)
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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Jordashebasics's Thoughts:

There's a fairly clear division of labor in this book - Montgomery took the path where you refuse to join the mutiny, and Packard took the path where you participate in the mutiny.

This is a fairly good book, if a little bleak. There doesn't seem to be a very good reason to join the mutiny, as the conflict between the captain and crew seems pretty trivial, and mostly irrelevant. It's also unclear what the lead mutineer intends to do. There are a few bits of speculation, but the plan never seems to be defined. All of this leads to an antagonist who seems to keep digging himself further into a hole. The entire thread amounts to step after step of trying to run from accountability, but... to what? To barely survive on a hostile planet? Why?

Regardless of these questions, the stories remain fairly compelling. Worth a read.

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