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Space and Beyond (Choose Your Own Adventure (Chooseco) #3)

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WHAT IF YOU COULD CHOOSE THE PLANET OF YOUR BIRTH? Born aboard a deep space cruiser on a dangerous research mission, you are asked to choose your home planet. Your parents are from different planets in different galaxies. Their planets are alike enough so that you will not be a freak on either one. But they are different enough so that YOUR choice will have a huge effect o ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Chooseco (first published 1979)
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Jason Koivu
My first ever Choose Your Own Adventure book. I was so excited to get Space and Beyond and to learn about the existence of these strange tales that you could control as the excited in fact that my review/rating is completely biased and should be taken with a HUGEMONGOUS grain of salt.

No offense to Montgomery, but this ain't Shakespeare. It is however good, light-hearted fun. And honestly, for kids, Space and Beyond delves into some relatively heady stuff, such as contemplation of th
Jun 18, 2012 Petercsm730 rated it did not like it
In space, no one can hear you sigh..

Space and Beyond (CYOA #4) by R.A. Montgomery. This is the first (and so far only) Choose Your Own Adventure book I didn't finish. It reads like dull gibberish from an aging hippie. I stopped reading after coming across my fifth ending of nonsense. The initial plot is that you have just turned 18 (in apparently 3 days and 2 hours) and must now choose your home planet for citizenship. You were born in space and can choose either your father's planet, with its t
Tony Go
Feb 09, 2012 Tony Go rated it it was ok
You woke up from nothing. Your feet hit the cold floor of your bunker; it's always cold and it's always a surprise. It's not exactly morning. For that, you'd have to be orbiting something that dictates relative time. There used to be a sense of urgency, back on Earth at least. Things to get done, places to go. But in space, such a pull is immaterial.

Still, there is a wanderlust in your bones.

The recreational room is empty as always. By the looks of it, you would think humans didn't require dail
Jun 11, 2013 Swankivy rated it it was ok
I read this Choose Your Own Adventure book as a kid and I think it was the first one that almost always weirded me out with the endings. I never knew when I would get a choice that just wanted to lead me to an ending just so it could get another ending on the roster and advertise how many endings it had. There were about ten or eleven endings that led to a fate not at all indicated by the choice you'd made--for instance, if you're in a space war and you choose to stand and fight with your side, ...more
Jun 02, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children who enjoy choose-your-own adventure books
Our oldest has been bringing home various You Choose books from her elementary school library. And now at our local library we've discovered some of the books from the original Choose Your Own Adventure series that I read when I was a child. I remember loving books like this in my childhood and I am excited that our girls are discovering them as well.

This book centers on a space journey to different galaxies and planets, where various civilizations experience sickness, wars, pollution and other
Holden Attradies
So far, of all the newest edition books in the series this has been the worst. It has a good flow of story arcs, and the endings are well spread out but the writing is just really sub-par.

The space techno-babel is pretty incomprehensible as are the made up names for planets and aliens. It's not necessarily that they are so obviously made up that's bad, they just all seem so half arsed and random that it makes the stories hard to follow. I think above all this books biggest flaw was that it was
Jan 21, 2014 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: books
The book Choose your own adventure: Space and Beyond by R.A. Montgomery was a good book. I think that the author that rights this series sometimes writes really good books and sometimes writes not so good books. I also think that this author is unpredictable. In this book my favorite character was probably me because in this book they have a character that is supposed too play you. I also think that I was the main character because I was basically the only character. I think that this series of ...more
Jul 26, 2009 nov rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
udah lama punya buku ini. waktu kecil di beliin papa di lapak2 buku bekas bareng setumpuk buku2 bekas lainnya. dulu papa kl pulang kerja emang hobi nyariin anaknya yang satu ini buku2 bekas di lapak2 pinggir jalan daerah jatinegara. tujuan awalnya sih biar hemat krn buku baru mahal. hehehe. tapi sekarang si papa agak tega soalnya anaknya gak pernah dibeliin buku2 bekas lagi alhasil uang bulanan cepet abis buat beli sendiri :p

yang menarik dari buku ini karena buku ini gak cuma terdiri dari satu t
Nov 22, 2015 Joe rated it liked it
R.A. Montgomery was obviously never privy to a hidden-whiteboard physics lesson.
This book is great because you can choose your own pages and things like that.
Brett Robinson
What the fuck, dude?
Dec 14, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi fans, kids, childrens lit historians
Recommended to Michael by: Martha Grutchfield
I recall that this was never one of my favorites of the “Choose Your Own Adventure series, and revisiting it now, I can see why. It begins with the same aesthetic mistake as “Journey under the Sea,” that of drawing the protagonist as a big-chinned masculine male, instead of a kid. But, more than that, the adventures are often short and frustrating. The premise sets you up with a choice of two possible destination planets, “Phonon” and “Zermacroid,” but as far as I can tell, you never make it to ...more
Julie Decker
Jul 08, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was ok
You're an alien teenager whose parents come from different planets, and the choices you make may affect the outcome of a space war!

Obviously right from the beginning you know the "you" is not you because, well, you're not an alien, so you're more piloting a video game character than making "your" choices. But beyond that, there were a lot of scenarios that seemed particularly designed to brand your brain with the "WAR IS BAD" message--often spontaneously popping up in the text with no apparent p
Jan 31, 2016 Latique rated it it was ok
After having read several other Choose Your Own Adventure stories, I was anticipating this Sci-Fi one very much. It fell a little short, but that could be my taste in Sci-Fi plot-lines and my own expectations for what could have been choices in the book. Most of the choices in this book scream of "classic" Science Fiction - and would be a good choice for those that are just getting started into the realm of space Sci-Fi. For those that have any knowledge or love of Sci-Fi and specific series (Fi ...more
So it's not the most structured book, to say the least. And sure, you never reach your home planet, no matter what path you take. Yeah, the endings are completely random and pulled out of a hat. But come on. It's R.A. Montgomery; the man specializes in unpredictability, and sometimes that's what one wants from a CYOA.
Santiago Ortiz
Dec 15, 2015 Santiago Ortiz rated it really liked it
It's a good CYOA book, it has got a lot of very diverse finals, time travel, cultural diversity, metaphysical and environmental thoughts, and it contains confluences and loops. I enjoyed reading it very much with my 5yo son (who's now mad at me because I only give it 4 stars). We even made a map.
David Sarkies
Jul 26, 2014 David Sarkies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gamebook
The first Choose Your Own Adventure in space
17 June 2012

This was number four in the series and the first Choose Your Own Adventure that is set in space (at least when it came to the first series because I believe at a later date they renumbered the books). I do remember having this one but it was such a long time since I disposed of my collection that I can remember very little of it. In a way it seems to be pure science-fiction, set in a distant future where you visit multiple habited planets
Jul 03, 2015 Cory rated it it was ok
Everyone on Demian's Gamebook page said this book sucked. I WANT to hate it, since the writing is terrible, there is no central goal, no plot, there isn't even a MacGuffin on which to hang the action. The story threads make no sense. There is no cohesion between the plot branches. The whole thing is drenched in New Age philosophy with a little Stephen Hawking Theory of Time for good measure.

Yet, I can't seem to hate this mess. It kinda grows on you after a few readings.
Nathan Burgoine
May 28, 2015 Nathan Burgoine rated it it was amazing
I read these when I was nine/ten years old, voraciously devouring them and re-reading them over and over. My grade five teacher saw how much I loved them, and brought a "how-to" book to give to me, and I remember writing one of my own. It was probably terrible. Still, these books were one of my gateway books to reading non-stop for most of my childhood.

This one in particular got read and re-read, as it was about space. I loved anything space.
May 25, 2015 Breen rated it liked it
Introduced my under 10 yr old daughter to choose your own adventure series with this book today. It was rainy, we sat in bed and giggled while choosing all the different space "adventures". It was nostalgic, silly, fun, and lots of complex words to define for her which was positive, the story lines were very basic though. Not for her, for me. Overall it stood up to the test of time well enough to read another one or two together. :)
Apr 13, 2015 Tonk82 rated it did not like it
Shelves: libro-juego, propio
Es cierto que no se puede pedir mucho a un libro-juego de la linea "Elige tu propia aventura" ya que eran muy sencillos (salvo honrosas excepciones) y enfocados a un público muy pequeño, pero este en concreto es un pequeño desastre. No tiene coherencia interna ninguna, la narración cambia de dirección casi de forma aleatoria, montones de finales aparecen de la nada... creo que es de los peores que he llegado a tener. Tiene algún pasaje con los habituales pasajes reflexivos que solía escribir R.A ...more
Apr 19, 2016 Stryker794 rated it liked it
Shelves: good-books
There were good endings, and there were bad endings. I did not like how many of the endings disagreed with one another on various things. For example, one ending said that it was all a dream, and the others said it was real. Hardly any of the endings agreed. But I had fun "choosing my own adventure."
Britt Freeman
Jan 04, 2015 Britt Freeman rated it it was ok
I'm glad I didn't buy these. I loved these books as a kid and don't think they hold up well. Slightly less claustrophobic than Journey Under the Sea, but still weird and out there. I wonder if R.A. Montgomery hung out with Tim Leary back in the day.
Sep 26, 2014 Serkelion rated it it was ok
Un libro-game è sempre un libro-game. Non importa la qualità dello scritto, nè i contenuti... quel che conta è che si tratta di un'idea nuova!
A lot of the endings don't make a whole lot of sense but its still pretty fun
Jun 11, 2016 Shelley rated it liked it
El comienzo es el fin. Finales para perdedores, obviamente.
Megan Fahey
Jun 24, 2014 Megan Fahey rated it it was ok
It was a fun little thing.
Oct 06, 2013 Josiah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would actually give this one and a half stars. The adventures in Space and Beyond are definitely unusual in comparison to other Choose Your Own Adventure stories, but I've always found it an enjoyable read, packed with a greater number of choices than normal and story directions that can change on a dime. Additionally, there are so many abrupt endings that getting to a truly satisfying End might be more appreciated than in the average Choose Your Own Adventure book.
Sep 28, 2015 Mikana rated it really liked it
I loved the choose your-own-adventure books during my early years, and believe these are a great set of books for those who are new to reading their own books.
Oliver Hodson
Oct 13, 2013 Oliver Hodson rated it it was ok
Found this in a second hand book store and it was kinda fun to read, but it wasn't as good as i thought with really little detail about the consequences of your choices and max about 5 choices before an ending. Glad i didn't do a nostalgic ebay binge of other titles before finishing this read. Also most of the endings were on the depressing side of post apocalyptic.
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Raymond A. Montgomery (born 1936 in Connecticut) is an author and progenitor of the Choose Your Own Adventure interactive children's book series. Montgomery graduated from Williams College and went to graduate school at Yale University and New York University (NYU). Montgomery has devoted his life to teaching and education.
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