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Afterwar (The Virtual War Chronologs Series)

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There’s only one thing more deadly than disease, more destructive than the forces of nature: jealousy. It’s been years since the world was nearly destroyed by natural disasters, but even the biggest earthquake couldn’t shake the evils of mankind. Of course, Corgan and Brigand are not normal human beings. Brigand is the product of a cloning experiment gone wrong and Corgan was conceived and raised in a sterile environment, conditioned to be a hero for the Federation’s virtual wars. They aren’t typical humans, but ...

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Overview

There’s only one thing more deadly than disease, more destructive than the forces of nature: jealousy. It’s been years since the world was nearly destroyed by natural disasters, but even the biggest earthquake couldn’t shake the evils of mankind. Of course, Corgan and Brigand are not normal human beings. Brigand is the product of a cloning experiment gone wrong and Corgan was conceived and raised in a sterile environment, conditioned to be a hero for the Federation’s virtual wars. They aren’t typical humans, but they are still flesh and blood. And their virtual competition spills over into the real world when the beautiful, rebellious Sharla comes between them. Corgan’s adventure, which began with Devastation, continues as Brigand launches an attack to eliminate his rival. Corgan is about to see that even battles fought with mind controlled avatars can have very high personal stakes.

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"The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting book four." School Library Journal on The Revolt, book one in Afterwar

"Readers will enjoy the video game-like qualities of the final combat. This is a well-written adventure in which technical details are deftly woven into the fast-paced plot." School Library Journal on The Choice, book two in Afterwar

Children's Literature - Catherine Gilmore-Clough and Meagan Albright
It seems like a popular approach to repackage two or more shorter books into one big paperback. Afterwar consists of two previously published titles—The Revolt and The Choice. However, in The Revolt, Skurzynski fails to live up to the promise of Virtual War (Atheneum/S & S, 1997) in the third installment of "The Virtual War Chronologs." The clone Brigand, rapidly aging because of DNA alterations, has incited a revolt in the domed city and has taken over, attempting to murder Corgan in the process. Brigand's twin, Cyborg, assists Corgan's escape and flees with him, but Sharla stays behind, loyal to Brigand and hoping to cure the twins' aging. After a crash landing in which Cyborg is injured, the fugitives find themselves in the domed city of Florida. Corgan unites with Ananda, the champion-in-training of the Western hemisphere, and Thebos, an ancient engineer with vast amounts of knowledge. Brigand's shocking attack on Florida throws the populace into panic, severely injures Sharla, and sends Corgan and his friends fleeing into space with hopes of healing Sharla and Cyborg. As with The Clones (2002), bouts of action come after stretches of being bad-tempered or complaining. Corgan is still angered by Sharla's attachment to Brigand (an attachment less comprehensible the more maniacal Brigand becomes) and is also jealous of Ananda's attraction to the brilliant Cyborg. Although fans of the series will appreciate the cliffhanger ending and anticipate an upcoming fourth volume, the soap-opera nature of the conflict and lack of character development might turn off some readers. Those unfamiliar with the series are likely to find this story incomprehensible. The Choice, features characters that have evolved from troubled youths to troubled young adults forced to decide between seeking safety and continued isolation, or living and possibly dying as heroes. Disparate and desperate, the teens ultimately engage in a high stakes, old school, video game showdown with the main character's life on the line. This science fiction tale with characters and a story line heavily influenced by advances in modern technology is a highly readable adventure for young adults. This book in the series is quick and compelling, with engaging characters who change throughout the series from ability-enhanced youths separated from modern society, to young adults still plagued by problems and semi-isolated but actively engaged in saving society and finding their places within this new world. Reviewer: Catherine Gilmore-Clough and Meagan Albright
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442416819
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Series: Virtual War Chronologs Series
  • Edition description: Bind-Up
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 590,205
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Skurzynski is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, including Virtual War, The Clones, and The Revolt. Her books have won numerous awards, among them the Christopher Award, the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, the Golden Kite Award, and the Science Book Award from the American Institute of Physics. She lives with her husband, Ed, in Boise, Idaho. You can visit her website at gloriabooks.com.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Better than the first

    If you hated the first book, try the second. Although the ending was given, it was still a fun read for me to watch Corgan change throughout the series. It wasn't the best but it's better than most.

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