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Revenge of the Body Squeezers is the sixth special edition book in the Give Yourself Goosebumps gamebook series. It was published in 1999.

The cover art features one of the blue Body Squeezer aliens in an alleyway, holding a squeezing device in both hands.

Plot

In this sequel to Invasion of the Body Squeezers, Jack Archer, the hero of the first book, is your friend. You return from a trip and Jack warns you that while you were away, aliens invaded earth; now, he's seen a new, blue variant of the Body Squeezers appear. You don't believe any of this but suddenly an alien heads toward you. You run inside Jack's house with him and his sister Billie, but the alien produces a weapon and turns Jack and Billie into little black orbs. The alien takes the orbs and travels into the woods.

You decide to follow the creature, and you are led to the alien's spaceship. The alien you followed begins talking to another alien. By evesdropping, you learn that the aliens have planted a "squeeze bomb" that will explode at 10 A.M. the following day, and the bomb will turn everyone in Los Angeles into small black orbs. After this point, the story is devided into two distinct plots depending on the choices you make:

Story A

You decide that you should help your friends, so you choose to sneak into the spaceship so that you can save Jack and Billie. However, the spaceship takes off with you inside of it. Now, you will need to make it back to Earth in order to save Los Angeles from the invasion.

Story B

You decide it's more important to stop the squeeze bomb from going off, so you stay behind and team up with your friend Maddy to find the bomb. At one point, you may choose to hammer a pick-axe into Leonard Nimoy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in an attempt to save Los Angeles from the aliens.

List of endings

There are fifteen bad endings, three ambiguous endings, and five good endings.

Bad endings

Ending Paths
You think that the squeeze bomb is hidden inside a bass drum at the Rose Parade; but rather than take action, you decide to wait for the parade to finish before you try to talk to the drummer. The book tells you off for this, and questions whether you are a real Goosebumps fan at all. Because you chose to do nothing, the squeeze bomb has now gone off, so you're told to start the story again with a new clue the book gives you.
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Rather than help Jack and Billie, you try to hide in the bushes; but the alien finds you and squeezes you into a ball. He tries to juggle with you, but keeps dropping you, which is really painful.
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You're trapped on the aliens' spaceship as it is taking off. You try to escape, but the ramp closes too quickly and your clothes get trapped. As the spaceship takes off, you are thrown into the air and splatter against the windshield.
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You cut open the drum with your pocket knife. But instead of the bomb, it's full of towels the drummer stole from his hotel room. The police intervene and you realize too late that the squeeze bomb is only seconds from detonating.
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You accidentally detonate the squeeze bomb, which was disguised as a pen you were trying to use. (This is another punishment from the book for lying.)
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You win the radio station contest, but realize the DJ is one of the aliens. He reveals himself to be the son of Mr. Fleshman (the aliens' leader in the first two books), and squeezes you into a ball.
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By pretending to be the aliens' leader, you lead them in an "invasion" of earth and get them to take you back to LA. A military helicopter lands beside you and US Army officials question you about the spaceship; but they don't believe your story of having been abducted by aliens. You think it's all over, and head inside for a snack - but Billie reveals she is one of the aliens in disguise. She pulls one of the squeezing devices on you.
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You're frozen solid in alien vomit after an alien throws up all over you.
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Lurthis turns you and all the police into black balls. She donates you to an animal shelter as dog toys.
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You manage to get Lurthis into the body of the neighbor's horrible cat; and get the real Maddy back to her own body. Lurthis fights with you and you both get bitten and scratched. You manage to shut her out of the house, but then the cat's owner comes over and warns you that the cat has rabies. You're told to come back to the book after you have been treated for rabies.
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You lie about having seen a third alien. The book scolds you for lying, and ends the story there.
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You try to tell the police that the aliens have planted a squeeze bomb; but a radio host named Max overhears you. He thinks the aliens were part of a contest that the local radio station is hosting, for people to spot three actors disguised as aliens. He tricks you into telling him what the aliens looked like, then handcuffs you and hides you in a broom closet so he can enter the contest and win a million dollars. You won't escape in time to stop the squeeze bomb.
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You decide that the squeeze bomb must be hidden in one of the floats, but you pick the wrong float. You tear the float apart, searching for the bomb; but it's not there. The bomb detonates just as the police arrive to drag you away from the float.
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You run through a door that you think is an escape hatch, but it turns out to be a giant microwave oven. You're trapped inside, and the aliens cook and eat you.
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You go along with Maddy's plan to try and dig up Leonard Nimoy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to find the squeeze bomb. The police catch you, and you run away, but slip on a banana skin and knock yourself unconscious. You don't wake up in time to stop the squeeze bomb from detonating.
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Ambiguous endings

Ending Paths
You make a mistake when programming the escape pod, and are accidentally transported back to the 1960s (landing in the middle of the Woodstock Festival.) You have no way to return to your own time, but you're okay with this because you realize that you'll be able to use your knowledge of the future to your advantage.
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The aliens find you so ugly that they decide to cast you as monsters in horror movies. You, Jack and Billie become movie stars on Frith. You express a desire to go home, but you don't know how to return to Earth.
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You end up being turned into a ball and taken to space along with your favorite rock band, whom the aliens kidnapped to play music for them. You join the band and become a rock star on Frith. While you're happy, you're not sure if you'll ever to be able to help the people on Earth.
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Good endings

Ending Paths
You find the parade float that had the squeeze bomb on it. You don't have time to defuse the bomb, so you get the driver of the float to drive it off a cliff — jumping out at the last minute — and let it sink into a lake, where the bomb detonates safely without harming anyone. You head back to the parade to celebrate. (While this ending is mostly good, it doesn't address the fates of Jack or Billie, who were abducted by aliens earlier in the story.)
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You escape from the spaceship too late to save LA from the aliens - everyone has been turned into black balls. But the earth is now safe, so the rest of the world isn't affected. You have an idea, and drive around Hollywood collecting up all the famous people who had been turned into balls. Then you start charging people thousands of dollars to play tennis using their favorite celebrity as the ball. You make a lot of money, and use it to hire a team of scientists. You're hopeful that they will find a way to change everyone back to normal.
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Aliens experiment on you and take you apart to find out how the human body works. But they pull you apart instead of cutting you, so by the time they put you back together, you're ten feet tall (as are Jack and Billie.) The aliens decide it is not safe to invade earth, so they send the three of you home. You all become basketball stars now that you're as tall as giants.
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You land on the aliens' planet but manage to convince them that you're their new leader. You decide it is too dangerous to try to return to earth, and instead you remain on Frith to rule over them. Billie warns you that she overheard the aliens planning another invasion of earth, so you give them an order to bring back chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream believing that they will like it so much that they won't want to destroy the earth.
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The band members reveal themselves to be a different race of aliens, and defeat the blue aliens in a battle. But they tell you that you'll never find the squeeze bomb in time. They evacuate the city, and take you and your friends and family to Colorado in their spaceship (at your request, because you want to learn to snowboard).
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International releases

No. Book Country/Language Translated title Release date Publisher
N/A

Человекосжималки


Revenge of the Body Squeezers - Russian Cover - Человекосжималки
Russia

Russian

Human-Air Compressors 2006 РОСМЭН-ПРЕСС

Artwork

Conceptional

Trivia

  • Despite most of the Give Yourself Goosebumps books being gender-neutral, this book asserts that the reader's character is male. At one point, the reader tries to convince the aliens that they are the son of the previous alien leader.
  • In the background of the cover for this book, a city is visible. Artist Craig White says that the image was a photo of a city skyline that he took.[1]
  • This is Jack and Billie's last appearances to date.
  • This is the first sequel to a Goosebumps Series 2000 book.
  • Maddy Wiener, a character who briefly appears in Invasion of the Body Squeezers: Part 1, returns in this book. However, in this book, Maddy's surname is misspelled as Winer.
  • This book mentions Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Nimoy, Neil Armstrong, Demi Moore, Madonna, Jerry Springer, and Leonardo DiCaprio by name.
    • In one story line, the reader is transported back in time, and they get to hear Jimi Hendrix play "The Star-Spangled Banner". In another story line, the protagonist visits Leonard Nimoy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

References

  1. An interview with illustrator Craig White

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