Name: Heir Apparent
Author: Vivian Vande Velde
Genre: Junior Fiction - Fantasy
Reviewer: Karen Pellett
Premise (be brief): - "While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself" (King County Library).
Opinions: Now didn't I tell you once that I read a wide range of books...I found Heir Apparent a quick, enjoyable read. Though Giannine is disenchanted and bitter that another year has come and gone with only a gift certificate to a gaming center from her father for her birthday she learns through her trials in the game Heir Apparent that not every father is the same. She also learns that even though you may not trust those around you. that running away from them is not always an option. Giannine finds faith in herself and others while struggling to finish the Heir Apparent story before it finishes her in the real world. I highly recommend this for any young reader (though parents really should read it as well).