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For Giannine Bellisario's fourteenth birthday, her father buys her a gift certificate to Rasmussem Gaming Center, where people can play games and actually feel as if they are part of the story. After a certain amount of time, the game will disconnect automatically. If the person dies before his time is up, he just starts from the beginning. Giannine chooses a game called Heir Apparent, where she will have to try her hand for the throne. In the middle of the game, however, the machinery is damaged and the only way for Giannine to get out of the game is for her to win the game. Also, there is a time limit; if she is on the game for more than an hour, her brain will be damaged from the computer software. Gianine must get past an axewielding warrier who likes poetry, four family members who hate her, a pack of ghosts, an army of Barbarians, a fire breathing dragon and much more before her brain overloads and she is injured beyond repair.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   very upbeat Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   roaming fantasy world, battling hostiles Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   virtual reality Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen


Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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