Review: Your Code Name is Jonah

You are a clever American spy. On a special mission to Deception Island off the coast of Greenland, you discover a secret of world wide important. But- it may be dangerous to reveal this secret to anyone! Who do you trust? The whales have gone missing and their new songs are the key! What are they trying to tell us?

Your Code Name is Jonah by Edward Packard. Choose Your Own Adventure # 6. Published by Bantam Books 1982, originally published in 1979. 114 pages.

If you grew up in the late 70s, 80s, and 90s, I’m sure you’ve read one of the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I have no idea if they are still being made or not, but for a few decades it seemed like they were everywhere! And they were a lot of fun! You have so many different outcomes to the story, many ending in some sort of terrible death. D:

One of the reading prompts from my 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge is to read a book from the Choose Your Own Adventure series. I thought it would be super easier to find one at all the used book stores in my area, but everyone seems to still love these books because all the Choose Your Own Adventures get snatched up pretty quickly. I did get lucky just last week though and found one at the last used book store I had left to check! 😀 I didn’t even care what the plot was, I was just so excited to finally get my hands on one… it has been a very, very long time since I had read one.

The plot involves saving the whales and the KGB, which seems like a very late 70s / 80s theme. 😮 Some scientist have found that the whales are singing a different kind of song and they are trying to figure out what it means. They can tell that it is something that the whales are trying to tell us, and it’s urgent. There is a scientist who has discovered how to decode the song, but then he vanishes. And off you go on your first set of choices…

It was a pretty enjoyable read. I had fun making wrong choices and usually end up dying or getting told by my boss I was off the case. I had even more fun finally making the correct choices and actually getting the story to progress! 😮 It took me a while but I finally got there! >.> What does that say about the kind of choices I make in life?? Hmm…. I don’t think I want to think too hard on that one…

Any age can find this sort of book entertaining. Even if it’s a little bit dated, it still is so much fun that you hardly notice. I wish it had gone in to a little bit more explanation in some of the outcomes but I understand that they wanted to keep it light and breezy. I was pretty entertained and had a lot of fun reading this. 😀

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