Some of my best memories as a kid reader (and most probably one of the reasons why I avidly devour books up to this day), came from a series of French books titled “you are the Hero”.
The idea was simple enough: you read the first chapter and, at the end, you are given a choice (“will you turn Left or right? Do you chose to follow that stranger or continue your way?”) that lead you to different chapters, opening different possibilities for the adventure, guaranteeing a new experience (and therefore a new story) with each reading.
It was a very pleasant surprise to find that a new series of books (in English, this time) reprised this wonderful concept with one of our Favourite character: The Doctor! Can a hero be more fitting to this than him? You can start the story again, and change your actions, which will change the whole adventure! Basically: “Time travel, Baby!!”
The first book, Terror Moon, features the doctor landing in a space station on a distant moon, to find that most of the crew was killed by a Monster on the loose. The rest is up to you. I tried reading it a few times, and the possible stories range from a spaceship-filled epic in space to a breathtaking chase in London with the help of the agents of U.N.I.T…
Night Of The Kraken brings you to a desolated Victorian-era British moor, populated by a spaceship’s spare parts smuggler, a giant baby squid and/or even zombies!!!
Following the 12th Doctor, that fans have very well accepted and loved, in his unmistakable sarcastic and grumpy-but-soft-centered style, these settings are sure to be crowd pleasers.
The kids have red them several times, picturing vividly these tailor-made episodes (thanks to the fantastic descriptions made by the authors) and enjoying them tremendously, until the books appeared to have been well handled already…
Chapters are short, which is good for the slow readers (yes, we have a dyslexic young whovian at home, and this kind of things count!), and we can’t wait for the next books!
In Singapore, you can find these books here.