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Heir Apparent (Rasmussem Corporation #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  6,260 ratings  ·  540 reviews
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 defeat the man-eating dragon,...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2002)
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One of my favorite books because it combines fantasy and reality, as well as future-tech gaming with present-day frustrations. But besides the content, I continue to be amazed by the way the book is set up. The main character Giannine is stuck in a virtual fantasy game in which death can occur to the protagonist. Every time Giannine 'dies,' she begins anew from the the start, able to revise her decisions and react differently to the opportunities and threats presented to her. As she goes through...more
Ok, so maybe it's not worthy of the Newbery, or of a recommendation to people who don't read juveniles. But gosh, it's got that 'Groundhog Day' style of time travel, virtual reality, Kings & dragons fantasy, humor, romance, a smart and courageous teenage girl... I just loved it.
I'll be honest, I mostly picked up this audiobook because it was narrated by Carine Montreband and I was so in love with the Uglies books by Westerfeld that she narrated that I wanted to hear her voice again. The unconscious mental comparison between Westerfeld's book and this one may be skewing my opinion of it.

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Giannine becomes trapped in the virtual reality game Heir Apparent when an activist group attacks the gaming center where she's playing. Suddenly the safety m...more
Emma (Miss Print)
May 18, 2007 Emma (Miss Print) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy and/or the movie "Groundhog Day"
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. Her stories are also surprisingly believable given that they are fantasies. Such is the case with this novel, which takes place in some undisclosed future time. The story gets into gear when the narrator, Giannine, enters a full-immersion virtual reality game (by the same name as the title of the book) to compete to rule a kingdom...more
Apr 04, 2008 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Scifi/Fantasy Lover
If someone asked me to recommend a true Scifi/Fantasy book, not the cheap, poorly written pieces of junk that some books are, I would tell them that they would HAVE to read this book! It is wonderfully written, with the right amount of humour, Drama, Suspense/Horror and to top things off it is written in the realm of medieval times=)
Gianne is a believable character, she takes on the situations that are thrown at her whether its reciting a different poem multiple times to searching through spide...more
This book is an excellent example of how much the YA genre has shifted over the past decade. I read a fair amount of current YA, and while I'm technically old for it, I'm clearly not that far out of the marketing department's sights. Publishers Weekly informs me that today's YA is generally aimed at the sixteen to twenty-five set.

But Heir Apparent was published in 2002, when YA was still aimed firmly at young adults--that is, at kids who hadn't yet left home. Even if I'd found in 2002, when I wa...more
What I liked about this book was the idea that you could build an entire story just to make a statement. I suppose that's all anyone ever does when they write, but it was obviously done. Before you even begin the story, there is the page that is made to look like a gift certificate, which sets the tone for what's in store. It's a ticket for the reader to come along to another world within another world--just as the main character goes, too. And then at the end, in case you were taken in by a pri...more
Harold Ogle
A fun read, Heir Apparent is a story about a near-future girl stuck in a VR game (resulting from a terrorist attack) with only a little time to win the game before her nervous system collapses from prolonged exposure to the VR stimuli. Apparently it's second in a series, but I had no idea, as this was another random selection from the library. Also, the author makes it clear that this was written - at least in part - as a reaction to fundamentalists and others who rail against the value of fanta...more
Jul 12, 2010 Kayla rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Video game fans, sci-fi fans
Shelves: favorites
This is another book I find myself rereading at least once every year. That could just be because I am a video game fan, and this book is about a virtual reality video game, or just because it’s a damn good read.

Of course, it’s also one of those books that pulls off the stunt of “changing something” that’s always worked a certain way, but the way it was pulled off… you didn’t even know it was happening until the very end when they mentioned it.

The writing style is easy to understand, and flows b...more
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As a avid gaming fan myself, I was overcome with giddiness when I learned that the main protagonist of this fun read about a gamer trapped inside a medieval virtual reality strategy setup was also a female. I give major one-ups to V-cubed (Vivian Vande Velde) for not making this seem like a big deal. Rather, she just stated that girls can also like games, so let's get on with the awesome adventures, shall we?

Giannine is witty, smart and believably determined as your typical 14-year-old girl une...more
It was Giannine Bellisario’s fourteenth birthday, when she received a gift certificate to a gaming center, given to her from her ignorant, and un involved Father. To get into this gaming center, she had to get through the Citizens to Protect Our Children (CPOC) first. Once she was in Rasmussem Gaming Center, the games began. The place was filled with virtual games, and she had to decide which to choose. Giannine selected the virtual game, Heir Apparent, but she was limited on time. The time in...more
The book Heir Apparent, by Vivian Vande Velde, is about a girl named Giannine Bellisario who gets sucked into the video game Heir Apparent. Giannine is turning fourteen and her father gives her a gift certificate to the gaming arcade called the Rassmusem Gaming Center. To start off the beginning of a “fantastic” day she has to pass the CPOC (Citizens to Protect our Children). Once she gets in, she has a few games to pick from. She chooses a game where they completely put you and make you feel l...more
Maureen Mae
at first I'd thought that this was a sci-fi book that would bore me out of my wits with computer jargon.
Vivian Vande Velde proved me wrong. this was not a sci-fi book at all, nor did it bore me out of my wits. it actually did the opposite--i could not get my hands to let go of this book and stop reading!
i can hardly imagine anyone reading Heir Apparent and not tingle with excitement as Giannine goes through the seemingly never-ending game. she has to somehow finish the game by making the right...more
I read this because I found it at the thrift and it was 50 cents and about computer games. I thought, hey, ok, it might be YA lit, but maybe if I put it in our miscellaneous fiction, some game art major might find it and read it and get something out of it. Unfortunately, it was not good enough to do even that, and I'm embarrassed to put it on here that even I read it. But I'm doing an experiment in total book-reading transparency, which is why I copped to reading Angels & Demons. Because I...more
The frame of this frame story was pretty weak, and didn't seem to connect well, motif-wise. There were some father issues which didn't quite seem to work out. The cute guy there was introduced here, but there wasn't enough book left for things to happen. The story in the game was really quite interesting, sort of a mix between choose-your-own-adventure and watching someone else play a video game. (Also reminded me of Killobyte by Piers Anthony.) I would have enjoyed this more at a younger age.
Nicole Prescott
I love video games and books. And I love how Vivian Vande Velde combined both of these into one really fantastic book. The main character continues to get frustrated as she tries to find an escape out of the game realm. The end is definitely my favorite part, she meets her prince in the real world! She was very persistent in trying to find her way out in time. It was very interesting to read about her attempts of getting out of the game. I think it took some serious skill to actually get out and...more
Oct 01, 2008 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Susan by: Mom
What a fun premise, Giannine goes into a virtual reality game room and gets stuck thanks to picketing mothers against children wasting their time and minds on fantasy (very funny, since I'm always bugging Tyra about having such a heavy preference for fantasy novels!) Someone gets inside the gaming center and ruins something in the computer that makes it so that basically the heroine has to win the game she's hooked up to or she'll die.

The fun part is that she just goes around getting killed and...more
Nov 03, 2007 Kat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
over all it was a good book. i liked how it turned out the system was damaged because of a group trying to protect kids and ended up nearly killing one. i thought it was going to be some virus thing hidden in the game that killed her if she failed to finish the game. the queen is a gold digging bitch though...not surprising really. But honesty i found myself liking Wulfgar more that Kenric, which is a bit surprising because i like the "Kenric" type more when it comes to these books, but Wulfgar...more
It was a good book, I think the reason why I didn't like it so much was that it was not real. The whole story was about her progress in a video game...I felt like there wasn't very much character progression. Those that enjoy RPG games or video games will probably like it, but I've never really liked video games, so it wasn't as enjoyable for me. I do have to admit, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon church) it got me think about Free Agency. That part was...more
Gilbert M.
My son read this novel for a Battle of the Books competition at his middle school (which his team won) and I decided to read it with him. It has a fairly common theme focused on what the future of roleplaying games will look like. Think Dream Park by Niven, Pournelle and Barnes, except instead of the players acting out their roles in a theme park competition, they are wired into the game and play in their minds.

Teenage heroine Giannine decides to spend her birthday at a virtual reality arcade u...more
Vaughn Ohlman
I am going to agree with a lot of the previous reviewers. This book was witty, fun, etc. etc. And then there is where I disagree...

First of all, I don't think the main character got wiser, etc. One neat thing about replaying a game is that you get to, well, replay. You learn things, and you get to re-do on the second time around. A truly great role playing game will change the situation the second time around. The louse who betrayed you (the first time around) will turn out (the second time arou...more
I thought this book was great. At first, I got about 12 pages in and was deterred because I accidentally found out it was the second book in a series. But that soon changed when I figured out it was pretty easy to pick up on the backstory and it's not a "series" where it needs to be read chronologically.

Of course, when I got passed those 12 pages and kept reading again and got about another 12 pages in, the main character, Giannine, became really frustrating for me. She was making silly mistakes...more
May 17, 2014 Connor rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Connor by: Mrs Ermenville (Battle of the Books)
Giannine lives in the future (but not so far as you would think), and in this future, a new type of gaming has been invented. A player is hooked up to the interface and can move around in the virtual reality as if in the real world; they can smell, touch, taste, walk - whatever. Giannine really enjoys these immersive games and asks her father for a gift card to it for her birthday. Not everyone likes video games, though. The place where Giannine goes to play is surrounded by radical picketers wh...more
I had really felt like reading some science fiction books about virtual reality video games, because I love the idea of virtual reality. After looking through a lot of them, I picked out Heir Apparent and was somewhat satisfied. I’d give it maybe a 4/5.
The basic premise of the book is that a girl named Giannine Bellisario goes to arcade and gets hooked to a virtual reality machine. While playing the game, the machine is damaged by the CPOC, a group of people who call themselves Citizens to Prot...more
Liz Greenwood
The main story is standard fantasy, with the main character trying to play her way through a game until she finishes it. I loved the book for the setup: an overzealous group against fantasy and games tries to destroy the computer system, thereby endangering the main character's life. Pointed.
Imagine... you're stuck in a video game, with minutes left.
If you die, you have to start over, and over, and over again. When you die, you start over from the beggining, and you have to remember everything you did right so you can repeat it until you win.
Britt T.
this was one of the best books i've ever read! it was a little hard to red because of the diolog. I loved it and recomend it to boys and girls 9 and up. I recomend it to people who like fantacy. If you don't like fantacy, than don't read this book.
Not far into this one it started to seem familiar until it became apparent I'd read it before. It was hard to stay interested but as I recall, I enjoyed it more the first time.
I get such a kick out of this book. I am NOT a person to re-read a book but I've read this one probably four times, and I've laughed out loud every single time.
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Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults.

Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for...more
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“She sighed. Loudly. "Physical appearance is not what is important."
Yeah right. Tell that to any girl who hasn't bothered to put on a presentable shirt or fix her hair because she's only running into the grocery store to get a quart of milk for her grandmother, and who does she see tending the 7-ITEMS-OR-LESS cash register but the guy of her dreams, except she can't even say hi—much less try to develop a meaningful relationship—since she looks like the poster child for the terminally geeky.”
“They'd poisoned me, dammit. Probably to trade my dead body to the barbarians for Wulfgar's safe return. Or maybe just for the fun of it.” 21 likes
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