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- Publisher: Corgi Childrens
- Format: Paperback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 16mm | 118g
- Publication date: 5 February 2004
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0552551678
- ISBN 13: 9780552551670
- Sales rank: 232,995
So your mum's this brilliant scientist. She's just invented the most awesome Artificial Intelligence system. Its virtual world is the perfect place to forget about real life. Which is exactly what you want. But then a bug corrupts the system. It's violent and unpredictable. This is no ordinary glitch - someone's trying to sabotage it. You need to figure out who, and why. And fast! What if your life was about to be game over? Dangerous Reality is a nail-biting thriller from the author of the bestselling Noughts and Crosses sequence.
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Malorie Blackman worked as a database manager and systems programmer before becoming a full-time writer. Her reputation has steadily grown and she has been awarded a number of prizes including the WHSmith's Mind-Boggling Books Award and the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 award for HACKER, the Young Telegraph/Fully Booked award for THIEF! and, more recently, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for PIG-HEART BOY. She was voted Voice/Excel Children's Writer of the Year in 1997. Her novel NOUGHTS AND CROSSES has won both the Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Children's Book Award 2002. THE TIMES recently described her as 'a bit of a national treasure.'
"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
Fast-paced is certainly the way to describe this thriller/adventure. When Dominic's mother's new invention, the Virtual Interactive Mobile System, goes berserk and knocks her unconscious, Dominic is up against it to try and uncover the saboteur before any further damage is done. This is well up to the high standard of Blackman's other gripping adventures, A N T I D O T E, Hacker and Thief! (9-12 yrs) (Kirkus UK)
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So your mum's this brilliant scientist. She's just invented VIMS, a robot that's the most awesome Artificial Intelligence system. Its virtual world is the perfect place to forget about real life. Which is exactly what you want. But then a bug corrupts the robot. It's violent and unpredictable. This is no ordinary glitch - someone's trying to sabotage it. You need to figure out who, and why. And fast! 'A whodunnit, a cyber-thriller and a family drama' Sunday Times
Controlled by a single glove and a special pair of glasses, the Virtual Interactive Mobile System, created by Dominic's scientist mum, can disarm a bomb, search through underground pipes - or hold a baby. But then, VIMS attacks violently and without warning.