|Series:||1000 Gefahren #2|
The Adventures of You Series #1
Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) #62
Which Way Books #6
|Translated Into:||Avventure nell'isola (Italian)|
L'illa de la canya de sucre (Catalan)
La isla de la caña de azúcar (Spanish)
Jezyerh 1000 hezar khetr [جزيره ١٠٠٠ هزار خطر] (Farsi)
|Author:||Edward Packard||Illustrators:||Barbara Carter (original)|
John Farman (British cover)
Ted Enik (revised edition)
|Release Dates:||1976 (original)|
March, 1978 (paperback)
1980 (German edition)
November, 1986 (revised edition)
1995 (German reissue)
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|0491024266 / 9780491024266 (British hardback)|
0553260405 / 9780553260403 (revised edition)
0671298844 / 9780671298845 (paperback)
0671473778 / 9780671473778 (Which Way edition)
3473386472 / 9783473386475 (German edition)
3473519480 / 9783473519484 (German edition)
3473521280 / 9783473521289 (German edition)
|Length:||119 pages (original), 118 pages (revised edition)|
|Number of Endings:||39|
|Summary:||Your ship is wrecked by a huge wave and you must find a way to survive on an isolated and dangerous island.|
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|This is historically a very important book, being one of the earliest gamebooks ever published. It was written in 1969 and first printed in 1976 by Vermont Crossroads Press as part of The Adventures of You Series. In 1978, it was reprinted as an Archway paperback, first under the Adventures of You banner and later without it as a stand-alone volume. In 1982, the cover was slightly changed, and the book became part of the Which Way series. In 1986, the book was revised and expanded and published as Choose Your Own Adventure #62. The revised edition of the book really does show that Edward Packard grew as an author between 1969 and 1986. Vague points have been ironed out, dangers to the protagonist have been made more immediate, and the characters are better defined thanks to a fair amount of dialogue. With or without improvements, this book wouldn't be particularly exceptional if it weren't among the first of its kind, but it's worth reading if only to see where it all started.|
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|This review is for the revised, 10-year, 1986 edition of the book.
This is a so-so book. The fact that it is the first CYOA book ever written makes this title highly desirable. For an extremely early title, the book is fairly decent; however, I believe that it is nowhere near as strong as Packard's later works. A few of the passages even reminded me of something R. A. Montgomery would write, something I do not find myself regularly thinking in terms of Packard's books. Many of the storylines end in similar fashion, with some endings even being almost identical. A number of the endings could have also been a little better--with more variety. With that being said, I believe that this book still stands the test of time, setting the platform for many of the great titles that would soon follow.
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|Historically I recognize the significance of Sugarcane Island, but as a gamebook it's never found a way to interest me. Being lost on a deserted island just isn't a setting that compels me.|
|Special Thanks:||Thanks to Alec Fleschner for the pictures of the original hardback edition of the book and to Ben Nelson for the British dustjacket scan.|
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Evolution of Sugarcane Island
This article compares the original and revised editions of Sugarcane Island.
Sugarcane Island Diagram
The numbers in this diagram do not correspond with the pages of the book; see The Evolution of Sugarcane Island for a key.
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