Since 1979, Choose Your Own Adventure style books have been igniting imaginations and sparking adventures across the globe. These interactive books thrust you into the spotlight, letting you become the hero of your own story. With so many choices to make and outcomes to discover, it’s hard to put these books down once you have started, but finding the right one can be a little trickier. So, to make your search a little easier, we have put together a list of our top 10 choose your own adventure style books.
Have you ever read a book or watched a film about the zombie apocalypse and wondered if you would survive? Well, this gruesome horror novel will let you do just that as it transports you into a world of flesh-eating undead with only your wits to protect you. Will you survive? Or will you join the ranks of the dead?
Step into the life of the one and only Neil Patrick Harris. Walk in the shoes of this star of stage and screen as you follow the story of his life from his big break at acting camp to his successful career in acting. Have a say in how the life of this celeb pans out, but not without risk. Will you achieve greatness, or will you meet your end at the teeth of a shoal of piranhas?
Sometimes the most horrifying things in life are the most mundane. It's these everyday terrors that slowly but surely drain the life from you. Choose Your Own Misery: The Office focuses on exactly that, pulling into perspective the horrors of daily life in an office featuring things like having to sit through pointless meetings, having to stay late, or playing the ‘Do I have a horrendous disease’ game on WebMD. Can you survive a day in the most mind-numbing office in existence?
Have you ever wondered what life would be if you could wonder the stars at will? Space and Beyond helps you answer that question, a book that takes you on an adventure of your choosing through the vast emptiness of space encountering mysterious creatures, extra-terrestrials, planets, and much more.
This exciting novel takes you all the way to Nepal, the home of the tallest mountain in the world in search of the famous Yeti. With your companion Carlos, you are ready to head out and track down the elusive beast, but upon your arrival, you find out that Carlos arrived a few days early and has gone missing. It falls to you, do you follow the tracks leading off up the mountain or do you wait for help that may or may not even come?
Fancy yourself a bit of a detective? Become the hero of this murder case as you step into the shoes of a totally unsuspecting tourist who has just stumbled across a murder scene in the depths of Rio de Janeiro. Work alongside US Agents and the Brazilian Police Force to get to bottom of the this ever-darkening case, but be careful, not everything may be as it seems.
We have all heard the story of Romeo and Juliet, but how many of us have ever lived it? Ryan North gives you that very opportunity with this alternative choose your own adventure style book. Take on the role of either Juliet or Romeo or both, you can even find new characters to unlock and play as. The outcome of one of the world's most famous overstories is now in your hands, do you let it play out to the inevitable end, or do steer it in a different direction and take over Verona with weaponised robot suits?
Are you fed up with being a third party in the game of romance? Reading about all the fairy-tale-like stories where the couple finally discover their love for each other and live happily ever after? Well, now, thanks to Emma Campbell Webster, you can take the reins on your own tale of love and fortune with this book inspired by the works of Jane Austen. Become Elizabeth Bennet and lead her down a path of your choosing. Now the fates of Mr Darcy and all the Bennet sisters are in your hands.
You are Jimmy and you have found yourself in the lab of a mad scientist faced with a difficult decision: before you, lie three items, a time-travelling machine, a mind-controlling device, and the Killitron 3000. Your choices will take you down one of the gazillion potential routes that this book has to offer, challenging you to think outside of the box and look at things from a different perspective.
Some of you, when you think of Choose Your Own Adventure books, may immediately think of epic fantasy adventures in faraway lands with dragons and wizards, and it's true there are a few of those around, but this Choose Your Own Adventure style book by David Velasco takes that genre to a whole new level, incorporating elements from novels, role-playing games, and even video games, to make for one epic adventure. Create your own hero, build your inventory find new weapons and armour, all while battling your way through grand quests. This really is a recipe for success, becoming a bestseller in Spain in 2018.
So that concludes our look at some of the greatest Choose Your Own Adventure Style books up for grabs. Whether you want an alien-infested space adventure or a taste of what it’s like to live in the pages of a Jane Austen novel, there is something on this list for you.
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