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Devastation (The Virtual War Chronologs Series)

Devastation (The Virtual War Chronologs Series)

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by Gloria Skurzynski

The earth’s population has been decimated by disease and natural disasters—and those who remain live in domed cities, sealed off to prevent the spread of further devastation. In eighteen days, there will be a bloodless, virtual war between the few remaining world powers with the winner to take possession of the only place on Earth still safe to live


The earth’s population has been decimated by disease and natural disasters—and those who remain live in domed cities, sealed off to prevent the spread of further devastation. In eighteen days, there will be a bloodless, virtual war between the few remaining world powers with the winner to take possession of the only place on Earth still safe to live undomed—a remote tropical island in the Pacific.

Fourteen-year old Corgan was born for this moment—quite literally. Conceived in a test tube by Federation scientists and raised outside the reach of human touch, he has been genetically engineered and conditioned to be the perfect virtual warrior. He has quick reflexes, physically superiority and high intelligence, but Corgan has never met a real, live human being. Enter the beautiful Sharla, Corgan’s teammate for the battle. She’s bold, she’s rebellious and she’s about to show Corgan all that the Federation has been keeping from him…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Taking place almost entirely in a shifting series of simulated environments this speed read could be just the ticket for cyberfiction enthusiasts." Publishers Weekly on Virtual War, book one in Devastation

“...many readers will enjoy this fast-moving, easy read about a possible future where the best video-game player is the ultimate hero.” School Library Journal on Virtual War, book one in Devastation

"the taut psychosexual tension and breakneck pace of events carry the story hurtling towards a cliffhanger ending that will leave fans on edge for the next installment." Kirkus on The Clones book two in Devastation.

Children's Literature - Dana Benge
By the year 2080 the world has been reduced by disease, war, and terrorism to only a few survivors living in select, domed cities scattered over what once was the United States. Fourteen-year-old Corgan has never had any human contact. He has been raised in a virtual reality box by specifically designed computer programs for the sole purpose of winning the virtual reality war that will give the winning sector possession of the Isles of Hiva. Corgan and his two teammates, Brig, the Mutant strategist, and Sharla, the code-breaking rebel, have each been bred specifically to fight the bloodless war, and the three are allowed to meet only virtually to practice. Though the three young warriors manage to win the day-long war, and Corgan is given his chosen reward of living on the Isles of Hiva, Sharla stays on the Isle for only a short visit, choosing instead to return to her lab. She leaves Corgan with the promise that she will return to visit, but her hint that she may have cheated to win the war, unsettles Corgan and causes him to doubt her. When Sharla does visit him, she shares with Corgan the news of her latest research, and Corgan realizes just what a huge mistake trusting Sharla has been. Skurzynski creates a vivid portrait of what the future might hold for a society controlled by its own technology and the consequences of scientific experimentation run amuck. These two stories work well together as a single novel, or as two distinct short stories. Reviewer: Dana Benge

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Virtual War Chronologs Series
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5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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Devastation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
I recommend that you read this book because you¿ll be hooked from chapter one. Skurzynski adds twist after twist to this thrilling book. Corgan the main character is a goody-two-shoe, until he meets Sharla the rebel who is also one of his two team-mates. His second team mate is a mutant genius. Brig was raised in the mutant pen until the supreme council found out he was an extreme strategist. The three were raised separately but were born in the same lab. They fought the virtual war. The virtual war determined which sector would get the Isles of Hiva. When Corgan moves to the Isles of Hiva Sharla goes with him for only a short while and hints that she may have cheated to help them win. Sharla returns soon later with one of the two perfect clones of Brig, because the virtual war may have to be refought because the supreme councils think someone might have cheated. Skurzinski sure knows how to throw in a twist to the storyline every time you think things will work out for Corgan. This book will have you on the edge of your seat in many chapters even just a paragraph might have you trying to read faster. You aren¿t the only one who gets tripped up over a twist in the story. Corgan gets tricked many times. After finishing ¿Devastation¿ you won¿t be able to wait to read ¿After war¿ the second and last book of the ¿virtual war series¿. This book is most likely for anyone who enjoys science fiction but would probably suit a lot of other readers also.
Rebecca-book-lover-Joy More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to read Devestation, an exciting take on a dystopian future. Instead of bogging her readers down with tons of description right out of the gate, the author fills you in gradually as Corgan, her protaganist, learns more about the world he's been genetically engineered to save. Corgan is flawed - spoiled, lonely, selfish, and totally gullible; but he is a product of his upbringing - in a box, nurtured by a computer program that meets his every need but only tells him what he needs to know. I will say by way of critisism that the main character, Corgan, and indeed all the characters, lack a certain depth. I am always wanting more from them; but at the same time, I don't care because the book moves along so quickly with so many twists and eye openers that it keeps you guessing. I feel like I am willingly chasing Corgan from one situation to the next just to find out what will happen next. I am pleased to recommend this book. It's fun and fast. A great read for a sci fi fan or just someone young at heart!