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Heir Apparent
     

Heir Apparent

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by Vivian Vande Velde
 

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In the virtual reality game Heir Apparent, there are way too many ways to get killed—and Giannine seems to be finding them all. Which is a darn shame, because unless she can get the magic ring, locate the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, impress the head-chopping statue, charm the army of ghosts, fend off the barbarians, and

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Heir Apparent 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book the main character is Gainnine Bellisario. She is a fourteen year old girl that doesn't care much for men because of her issues with her father. She goes to a place called Rasmussen Gaming. She decides to play a game named Heir Apparent but while she is playing a group named the CPOC breaks in and damages the equipment. So the only way that she can get out is by winning the game. So she has less that a day in real world time to win this game or the damage to the equipment will give her a fatal overload and she will die.for real.I would say that this book is science fiction/fantasy. It has some great humor and the girl is so sarcastic which makes it even funnier. Over all it is an amazing book and I would recommend it to any reader that likes fiction. That's it.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Vivan Vande Velde is one of the best fantasy writers out there. Her stories are believable and populated with characters you'll remember long after the book is closed. They are also surprisingly believable given that they are fantasies. Such is the case with "Heir Apparent", which takes place in some undisclosed future time. Despite the short amount of time spent in the story's "present," Vande Velde manages to describe enough of the the environment to make it feel real. The problems start for the narrator,Giannine, when the automated bus won't let her off at her chosen stop (a game store). Like all good characters, fourteen-year-old Giannine easily circumvents the computer and makes her way back to the Rasmussem Gaming Center. The story gets into gear when Giannine enters a full-immersion virtual reality game (by the same name as the title of the book) to compete to rule a kingdom. Giannine is just getting the hang of the game when she receives some bad news from the owner of the gaming center: Protesters outside of the gaming center (from Citizens to Protect Our Children ironically enough) stormed the entrance and damaged the equipment.Giannine can't get out of the game unless she wins. The problem? If Giannine loses she might not be able to leave the game environment at all--because she'll be dead. As you might have guessed by that little summary, most of this story revolves around Giannine playing the game over and over as she tries to win. This creates a lot of repetition--as we watch Giannine go through the same scenarios repeatedly with varying levels of success. (If this sounds similar to the premise of "Groundhog Day" that's because it is.) Happily, instead of seeming redundant, the story/plot remains interesting. Vande Velde artfully describes the gameplay so that readers won't get bored. This makes the book go by really fast. Even though Vande Velde covers the same territory multiple times, she never gets redundant. Each run through reads slightly differently and covers a different part of the story. Similarly, sinceGiannine also loses the game several times, Vande Velde creates pseudo-alternative endings for the story by showing Giannine pitfalls as she works her way towards a win. The characters are extremely interesting and the premise--while not totally new--is unique, as is the author's handling of it. The story features Vande Velde's usual humor throughout. What it doesn't feature is her usual ambiguous ending. The story is still open-ended but it has more closure than are found in "A Well-Timed Enchantment" or "Companions of the Night" (both also by Vande Velde and also highly recommended), which makes for a nice change. "Heir Apparent" also lacks the typical romantic subplot, making the novel's appeal stronger for boys and placing a heavier focus on the action and relations between all of the characters (instead of the main character and her romantic interest). "Heir Apparent" is a timely book looking forward to what video games might one day be while also reminding readers that there's no harm in a good game--as long as overzealous protesters don't get in the way at least.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not a book you can read too often,since it will be sort if redundant, but it's definitely worth a read! Funny and adventurous :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. One of my favorites. But the nook version has lots of typos and gramatical errors.
snake12 More than 1 year ago
On a scale from 1 to 10, i give this book a 57. The story is funny, action packed, thrilling, satisfying, amazing. Basically, if you think of any comment, i bet you this book would be it. I highly reccommemd it.
Leah Harding More than 1 year ago
Very rarely does a book with such imagination come along anymore. Heir Apparent is a sure to please fantasy about conquering overwhelming odds. Fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally read this book at my library and liked it so much that I went immediately to Barnes and Noble and had them order it for me. In reading this book, I had a hard time even putting it down as I was enthralled.
MusicLover213 More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading the book, I fell in love with Giannine. Her character relates to most teens and briongs a lot of humor to this story. The storyline isn't a normal type of plot in a book which makes it quite different (in an awesome way). The other characters in interaction to Giannine throughout the novel come off as very realistic and adds a lot as well. When her characther ever gets killed in the game, Giannine must return to the start of the game, and also adds suspense in never knowing what could happen to her. I wouldn't recommend this book to just a specific person who likes specific genres because I think anyone would become addicted to Heir Apparent if they read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in a book. This book is simply amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I have read many of Vivian Vande Velde's books but this world that she's built is incredible. A must read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the book but i didnt quite understand most of the words( i was 10 @ the time)but a good book indeed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I read it in school and enjoyed every moment of reading! It is soo original! I definately recommend this book to everyone! (:
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved using the game a part of the plot. But felt that it missed something. Like a good ending or better plan ot something. The main character was a dumb too. The answer couldve been easy as pie but the author treated us like babies and not yeenagers. But overall the plot and character were good even though it couldnt grip person into reading the book. It was good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book fir peiple who like the midevel times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that the book was good but it was'nt worth six dollars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I just did not like that some parts were repeated several times.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When they are reading it they are laughing so hard that it is distracting. Especially Evan H. But it's a good book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not really much into theses kinds of books but for my reading olympics team in my school i was the last one able to pick a book and this was all that was left. After three days i finished the book and im really looking foward to answering the questions in the olympics!
J3v0n More than 1 year ago
Ever saw that Bill Murray movie where he gets to repeat a day over and over until he gets it right? Well, Heir Apparent is like that with a computer simulated fantasy setting. And watching lead character Giannine/Janine having to repeat the same scenarios is hilarious, whether she's tackling obstacles with sarcasm or modern-day wit. I did felt a bit torn between reading to know how Janine is going to fail and die her next VR death (because the moments leading up to it was funny) and routing for her to succeed. This wasn't a bad title.