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Dangerously Placed

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
This work experience is going to be killer...

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 nightmare – because Alex is the prime suspect. Fortunately, Alex’s friends are willing to brave shark tanks, disgust
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Random House Australia Children's
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Reality is individual. We all have different tools with which to perceive it.

The Aussies have done it again! Aussie author Nansi Kunze has created a thrilling virtual world within one thriller of a book.

I don't know what it is about virtual reality that gets my motor running. The world of gaming calls to me like a bird feeder calls to a squirrel. Then it spins me round and round until I'm too dizzy to walk straight and all I can think about is how long until I can hop back on.

You've heard of the
Jess - The Tales Compendium
Apr 26, 2011 Jess - The Tales Compendium rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie, contemporary
Dangerously Placed is a fabulous fast-paced thriller filled with misdirection, danger, a little romance, a mind-blowingly cool virtual reality system and a murder mystery that is guaranteed to keep you guessing.

In the course of Alex's investigation into finding the murderer, she also discovers a conspiracy to bring down the company and that she has a stalker! This may sound over the top, but it's not. The plot works well and Alex and her friends are extremely likeable. The virtual reality worksp
S.J.B. Gilmour
Aug 21, 2012 S.J.B. Gilmour rated it it was amazing
Nansi Kunze is now my number one writer to watch. In Dangerously Placed, she demonstrates her brilliant way with words and a remarkable talent for an original story.

Kunze's style is snappy, her dialogue smart and her characters fun to read. The protagonist, Alex Thaler (like Kunze's other protagonist in her previous novel Mishaps,) is a great mixture of vulnerability, self-doubt and humility, contrasted with dry sarcasm and self-confidence. Kunze may be a grown adult with her teen years well beh
May 13, 2011 Mudgerine rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like a good whodunnit.
Recommended to Mudgerine by: Nobody, the cover appealed to me when I was in a book store.
Shelves: nanzi-kunze
Alexandra Thaler goes for work experience at Simulcorp, a company that makes Virtal Reality.
While ALex is there, her boss is murdered and the police make Alex the prime suspect.
Along with her friends, Alex must find the killer to clear her name... and before she becomes the next victim!

A brilliant story line involving mystery and just a touch of romance makes this book another great read from an up-coming author.

Well done Nansi Kunze!

For more details, feel free to inbox me!
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
An Aussie YA sci-fi murder mystery. What's not to like?
Review to come.
Sep 15, 2011 Jex rated it liked it
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 A ...more
Ely (Tea & Titles)
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I read Nansi’s first book, Mishaps, way back when I was about thirteen or fourteen which I adored, though I probably would have never heard of Dangerously Placed without miraculously meeting her at Supanova (a much smaller Comic Con, here in Australia) last year. It was amazing to meet her- getting my book signed and getting a couple of pictures with her were great but the best thing was definitely learning about and buying this
Sarah (Inklings Read)
Sep 01, 2011 Sarah (Inklings Read) rated it liked it
Shelves: own, paperback
Dangerously Placed was quite a thrill ride. I was blown away by how developed and realistic Nansi’s virtual reality technologies were! They were extremely well thought out. So much that I could definitely see us using similar technologies in the future. I also enjoyed how the book was physically broken up: Each chapter takes place over one day. This made it easy to keep track of how time progressed. Sometimes, for me, it is easy to lose track of how much time has passed in novels. Unfortunately, ...more
Kellie Sheridan
Sep 09, 2011 Kellie Sheridan rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This was such a fun story. I have always found the idea of virtual worlds to be pretty fascinating, so a story where everyday people get to go to work in a spectacular, virtual enviroment was right up my alley. The world that Nansi Kunze has created within Virk is dripping with imagination and really pulls you in as Alex puts on her suit in order to have a realistic experience in the environment right through to her last day on the job.

I also really enjoyed the supporting characters, Alex’s grou
Oct 13, 2011 Pica added it
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If I had to sum up Dangerously Placed in one word, I'd call it unique. It's very different from my normal reading experience, and I enjoyed the change. I kept coming back to it more to find out what crazy situation Alex had found herself in this time than to figure out the mystery. Not to say the mystery wasn't engaging - it was - but it wasn't the draw of the story.

Although the premise of Dangerously Placed had to do with virtual reality, much of the story had
Jan 24, 2016 Julie rated it liked it
This was a really captivating book about a girl called Alex Thaler who starts work experience in her dream workplace, Simulcorp. Virk is a virtual office and the staff wear special suits in order to move around and interact. With another work experience student, called Dale they set about devising a marketing proposal for Impression Jeans.

The book is organised into the 10 days of her work experience. However, early on, Alex stumbles on the murdered body of the CEO, Mr Pierce Grody. At first, Ale
Aug 25, 2011 Lacey rated it liked it
Dangerously Placed is fast paced and thrilling adventure in the world of virtual reality. Meet Alex, a virtual reality savvy chick who is determined and motivated to do well at her new internship at a prestigious Simulcorp.
Dangerously Placed features a young girl who ends up being the prime suspect in the murder of her boss. Of course, Alex, will not take this sitting down. She and her friends are determined to unravel the mysteries of Simulcorp and discover who is behind the murder. This book h
Sep 24, 2011 Kayla rated it liked it
Do not let the cover mislead you! This novel is highly individual in the plot- something new and exciting for readers. This solid and well developed novel has real world characters that you can really relate to.
This is a fantastic story set mainly in the virtual world has everything a good novel needs- a main character who finds themselves along the way- a bit of mystery and a hint of romance. A recipe for a good read! I would recommend this book to teenagers with a taste for adventure and a c
Jul 02, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
This book started really well and I loved the idea of a virtual workplace, but it slowed down about half-way through. The teenage protagonists were likeable, resourceful and intelligent , and the touch of romance was cute. However, I found the murder mystery rather tedious. There weren't enough clues given throughout the book to work out who the killer was - although by the end I didn't really care.
Aug 28, 2012 Loopy rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, thriller
This book reminded me of a modern day Nancy Drew. I know I'm not the target audience, I haven't been a young adult for a long time but some times that just doesn't matter - with this book it did. I think Dangerously Placed is more suited for late primary to early high school.
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