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A unique book with a "hidden chamber",
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This review is from: Inside UFO 54-40 (Choose Your Own Adventure) (Mass Market Paperback)
These days we are surrounded by hypertext links which offer us a set of options: your television, your camera, your ATM or this page can each offer enough to keep you busy all day. So it is easy to forget that in the early 80s that sort of choice was a novelty and the mechanisms involved tended to be completely different.
For me the "choose your own adventure series" was my introduction to "interactive narrative" when I read them as a kid. I remembered this one by Edward Packard in particular because the book featured a passage about the planet "Ultima" - which was a sort of paradise. In fact (as the introduction of the book warns) there was no way to get to Ultima by following any of the 30 other storyline options in the rest of the text. But of course the only way to find this out was to spend ages trying to find one.
The book itself asks the reader to become a kid who is then abducted by aliens while flying in Concorde. It is a well told and illustrated story and would probably still appeal a contemporary 9-12 audience. Adult collectors who are interested in narrative tricks or who remember the book from when they were children would also be satisfied buyers.