Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: Can You Survive in the Special Forces? by Matt Doeden


Your survival depends on making the right choices in key moments. Which path to take? Readers use their wits and knowledge in these nonfiction adventures, learning about survival skills in various settings and making choices that will lead to either survival or doom. Talk about narrative nonfiction!
3 story paths. 35-55 choices. 15-30 endings
Readers choose who to be, where to go and what to do
Ages 8-12. From the You Choose Survival series.


I used to be a fan of choose-your-own-adventure books way back when I was a kid. It's been awhile since I read one of those so I'm glad I was able to get a copy of this.

Can You Survive in the Special Forces? is a three-in-one choose-your-own-adventure book. You have the option of being a Green Beret, an Army Ranger or a SEAL. I tried all three, starting with the Green Berets. The funny thing was, I kept making the right choices until the end, when I would overanalyze it and go against my natural instincts. This resulted in either a failed mission or a more complicated one. I guess I'm not cut out for the Special Forces. Haha. :D

The great thing about this book is that even though it's meant for younger readers, the subject matter and the very nature of the choose-your-own-adventure book means that even older readers can enjoy this. It has plenty of factoids about the Special Forces, so you learn something new.

Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Press for the e-ARC. Publication date of Can You Survive in the Special Forces? is on August 1, 2012.


  1. There are three Special Forces you can choose from so it's like having three stories to read.
  2. You learn new things about the Special Forces.
  3. It's not just for young boys.


  1. Since it's a kid's book and not a real mission, there are some details that aren't mentioned in the book, which can affect your decisions.

You're in command of a team of 12 Green Berets.

  1. You have a young child who wants to join the army/marines, etc.
  2. You've thought about joining the military but aren't sure if you can make it through training.
  3. You want to know what it's like to be a Special Forces member.




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