A fantastic romantic sci-fi thriller for teens featuring virtual reality, simulated environments, and just the right mix of mystery and first love
He lay on the ground, his eyes open but unseeing, his pinstriped body blinking in and out of existence like the picture on a fault television.
Alex Thaler can't wait to start her dream work experience placement at Virk, where staff from all over the world mingle in an astonishing virtual office. But when an employee is found murdered, the dream becomes a nightmarebecause Alex is the prime suspect. Fortunately, Alex's friends are willing to brave shark tanks, disgusting pathology specimens, and even a nude beach in order to clear her name. Can a hippie chick, a goth girl in a lab coat, and two guys with a taste for blowing things up really help solve the mystery before Alex becomes the next victim?
|Publisher:||Random House Australia|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Nansi Kunze is the author of Mishaps.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Alex Thaler is your average teen. Ok, maybe a bit above average, for she was placed in one of the most prestigious work placements a teen could get: Simulcorp. Alex will spend her week using the most advanced technology and working in a completely virtual environment. However with great technology comes great trouble. In her excitement to present her project idea, Alex stumbles across the body of her boss laying dead in the virtual environment and she's the main suspect. The story then follows Alex and her friends as she tries to solve the murder, prove her innocence, and figure out just who that guy that's following her really is. Dangerously Placed takes you on an adventure through an environment we all hope to work in one day: a virtual one. Basically anything you imagine can happen including chairs made of water and floors carpeted with grass, even a dragon as a pet. If you can program it, you can have it. In order to hop into your virtual office, you first have to hop into a Virk suit. This full body suit fits to the form of your body allowing for a perfect replication of yourself inside the office. There are also sensors in the suit that stimulate the feeling of touch, smell, sight, etc. while in the virtual environment so that you can truly feel the entire experience. A truly innovative idea that I for one want to try out right away! Can we um..get on that technology please? Besides being amazingly creative with technology, Kunz is able to take you on a who dun it adventure as Alex tries to piece together all the facts surrounding the murder of her boss. False identities, undercover reporters, hot guys, and water parks are just a few of the things you'll encounter as you read through the story. Kunz also creates some interesting characters as Alex's friends range from the hippie type to the doctor type and everything in between. It is definitely a very eclectic and colorful cast of characters. So, with all the praise, why only three stars? I felt the story was a little too guided leaving little to the imagination and taking out some of the fun guess work of a true mystery. Also, while I found the book fun to read, it didn't have that wow factor for me. Despite these facts, I'd still recommend the book to anyone that loves virtual reality and a good murder mystery.