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Dangerous Reality [Mass Market Paperback]

Malorie Blackman
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Book Description

1 Aug 2000
VIMS - the Virtual Interactive Mobile System - is the creation of Dominic's scientist mum. And it's amazing. An artificial intelligence masterpiece controlled by a single glove and a special pair of glasses. But then VIMS attacks and Dominic realizes it's no longer a fantastic game.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New edition edition (1 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552528404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552528405
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,911,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Malorie Blackman is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. The novels in her Noughts & Crosses sequence have won several awards, including the Red House Children's Book Award, and she has won many other awards for her books. Both Hacker and Thief! won the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Award - Malorie is the only author to have won this award twice - while Hacker also won the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award in 1994.

Her work has appeared on screen, with Pig-Heart Boy, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, being adapted into a BAFTA-winning TV serial. Malorie has also written a number of titles for younger readers including Cloud Busting, which won the Smarties Silver Award, The Monster Crisp Guzzler and Whizziwig. In 2005, Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children's books. In 2008, she was then honoured with an OBE for her services to Children's Literature.

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Dominic has always been proud of his famous, scientist mother, and when she unveils her latest masterpiece--the Virtual Interactive Mobile System (VIMS)--he glows with pride. But there is a saboteur on the loose who seems set on destroying VIMS and anyone who stands in his way.

As the fast-paced tale of industrial espionage at its highest level unfolds, so too does a haunting story of love and betrayal as Dangerous Reality gradually and intelligently blends the depth of human emotion with a futuristic conspiracy that is at once as breathtaking in its technical detail as it is touching, as the past begins to haunt the future.

Malorie Blackman, bestselling author of Hackers, Lie Detectives and Deadly Dare, again proves that scientific know-how can be combined successfully with the human touch to bring mortal tragedy and mechanical shenanigans into the same sphere. (Ages 8 to 11) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A whodunnit, a cyber-thriller and a family drama: readers of nine or over won't be able to resist the suspense" (The Sunday Times)

"All the ingredients of an exciting read for over-10s - lots of pacey action and snappy dialogue, cliffhanger chapter endings and a central character with the essential qualification of true thriller heroes - an ability to get into a series of ever-worsening scrapes, and yet still emerge triumphant" (Daily Telegraph)

"The suspense builds to a cyber-climax" (Yorkshire Post)

"It is an exciting drama with a thrilling climax" (Education Otherwise) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackmans done it again 6 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading other books by Malorie Blackman, I had high expectations for this book. The others I had read were excellent, but this topped them all off. The story begins with introducing the narrator, who is one of the characters in the story. The story then continues by describing characters, and the background to the story. Blackman's clever writing techniques allow the reader to feel like they know the characters and their background, in just a few chapters, without boring them. Not to give too much away, the story is about an artificial intelligence machine that is sabotaged, with terrible consequences....
The title of the book indicates that the story is all about technical stuff, computers etc - and really, it is. But don't be put off by that. Underneath all the technology is a masterpiece of a storyline. A technique that Blackman is renowned for is that of putting twists into the storyline - and this book is no exception. She cleverly makes you think that the culprit is one character, and then another - and then in the end it turns out to be someone who you would have never expected the culprit to be. The twists in the story aren't just limited to the characters, but they continue onto the storyline as well, keeping the reader glued to the pages, wanting to know what happens next. If you are looking for a bit of light reading - a book that you can pick up every now and again, then don't choose this. It's an action packed, nail-biting, cyber-thriller that is a good read for all the family. I would recommend it to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danger: UNPUTDOWNABLE!! 15 Nov 2012
By JK
Format:Paperback
My 10-year-old son says that this is one of the best books he has ever read. For sure, it's the first time I've ever seen him choose, of his own volition, book over iPad! He read the 200-odd pages over just a couple of days, in I suppose about 2 hours. Thank you, Malorie Blackman!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright 12 Jan 2013
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This book really gripped me nearer to the beginning as the suspense was rising however, I wasn't that intrigued to read the rest during the middle part of the book. the ending wasn't to bad though.... I was disappointed on the whole
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 14 Jan 2014
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A sci-fi definately worth reading. I couldn't put it down! READ THIS AMAZING BOOK BY MALORIE BLACKMEN NOW!!!! So yeah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ 31 Dec 2013
By Rebecca
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AGAIN I WLD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE;I READ IT VERY QUICKLY AS IT WAS EASY AND ENJOYABLE AN I RECOMMEND IT TOO
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 5 Nov 2013
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Good story and plot. This is Malorie at her best, buy it! I would also recommend Hacker as it's my favourite Malorie book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 28 Oct 2013
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I love Malorie Blackman but this book was not so thrilling as her other ones such as Hacker or Pig Heart Boy .Anyone who likes her books do not read this as your taste in books will go off
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good read 14 Jun 2013
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This is a very good book and makes very good reading. Well worth the buy.
Recommend to my friends. Well worth the money.
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