To Be or Not To Be

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To Be or Not To Be is a choose-your-own-path version of Hamlet by New York Times best-selling author Ryan North.

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Play as Hamlet, Ophelia, or King Hamlet—if you want to die on the first page and play as a ghost. It's pretty awesome! Readers can follow Yorick skull markers to stick closely to Shakespeare's plot, or go off-script and explore alternative possibilities filled with puzzles and humor.

Each ending in the book is accompanied by a full-color, full-page illustration by one of the 65 most excellent artists working today, so each rereading yields new surprises and rewards. Ryan's prose is, as always, colloquial and familiar but full of clever references, vivid imagination, and only the most choice of jokes. Inventive devices like a book-within-a-book (to mirror Hamlet's play-within-a-play) take full advantage of the gamebook medium and liven up the original story for even the most disinterested of Shakespeare readers!

To Be or Not to Be became a sensation when it launched: over 15,000 people backed the book in just one month, and it remains the number-one most funded publishing project ever on

To be, or not to be: that is the adventure!

Additional Information

Author Ryan North
Publisher Breadpig
Page Count 720pp
Publication Size 6 x 9 x 1.25
Publication Notes Saddle-stitched, color
Publication Date September 10, 2013
ISBN 978-0982853740

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