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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, the winner to take possession of the only place on Earth still safe to live undomed- a remote tropical islEarth'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, 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, physical 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......

Title : Devastation
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ISBN : 9781442416802
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 356 Pages
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Devastation Reviews

  • Sam
    2018-09-26 14:13

    Devastation is a compilation of the first two books in the Virtual War series. I found most of the first book rather enjoyable, however the climax seem quite anticlimatic. The climax was, in fact, the virtual war. However, the "war" was quite undetailed, sped up, and shared no characteristics with a real war scene.The second story takes place partly on the Isles of Hiva, the area they were fighting for in the first book. The majority of this book is quite unrealistic, even in a dystopian society, and everyone but the main was quite unlikable. Overall, if you're looking for an exciting read, I would skip this one.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-19 14:02

    First part was good. But i really dont understand the second part. I feel this book isnt that great.

  • Amber Couch
    2018-09-27 14:57

    I've abandoned this one. I'm not certain when it was written in realtion to Hunger Games, but I can't help compare it. And there is NO comparison.

  • Nicole Sampson
    2018-10-20 19:08

    I like the topic and the multiple plots within the book, but the character's emotional and background stories are lacking

  • Kris
    2018-10-11 18:11

    I honestly couldn’t get into this. The concept is cool, very reminiscent of Enders Game...

  • Sean
    2018-10-12 18:10

    *3.25/5This is the bindup for the first two books in the Virtual War Chronologs, Virtual War and the Clones, which I gave 3.5 and 3 out of 5 stars respectively.

  • Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    2018-10-17 22:16

    VIRTUAL WORLDIn the not so distant future man-kind lives in boxes, everything is synthetic or virtual. Even war is a very elaboate, high-intensity video game. The "Bloodless War" that Corgan, Sharla and Brig have trained their whole lives for is near at hand. As the three part group who will wage the war for the last uncontaminated island left on earth it is all down to them and training becomes intense. Does this group of youngsters, two fourteen year olds and a ten year old, have what it takes?In my opinion, this is a brilliant premise for a novel. The concept of the "war" essentially being a video game was intriguing for me. And truthfully the tale was an interesting one. It does make me wonder how much more impact it may have had in the hands of a brilliant writer. Now I am not saying Gloria Skurzynski is not a good writer in her own right but she isn't a brilliant one. I felt that all three of the main characters could have been fleshed out a bit better and that the exploratory monologues and explanations lack any real umpft. Explanations can be informative and interesting to read is all I'm saying. I also felt it lacked a true voice, but even with that I still liked this novel. THE CLONESFirst off I'll start by saying the idea of clones really creeps me out (like clowns, clones and clowns *shudder* thankfully there are no clowns). I won't dwell on what I said previously about her writing style, the same holds true as noted previously. The writing just quite frankly leaves something to be desired. It feels like she is trying to cram too much information into too few pages here. I'm not sure why she made the choice to include some of the elements that she did in this one, the novel would have flowed better without so many underdeveloped sub plots floating around. I am now curious if the jilted and broad emotional statements are a choice she made for these characters on purpose, perhaps to show a lack of concious awareness in this world. If so, honestly it doesn't work for me. There is just too much going on in this novel. It seems like she's just throwing information out there as build up for the next book. I didn't like this one as much as the first, it felt too rushed for me, rushed headlong into the ...... dun dun dun cliffhanger.

  • Haven Angel
    2018-10-05 16:58

    (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!contians spoliers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!contians spoliers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)ok so i have to say this,this is definetly not what i thought i would be what so ever, in a good way.i licked the first haph but i think the second haph was better but what i think is really kind of metaphoricly "nocks you of your feet" is the ending.the best way to describe it is a awsome roller coster rise with the highest incline and right after decline at the verry end.i was reading along and then i get to then end and am like "huh" the ending is nothing like the rest of the book to me.On other note though, is the whole bloodless war concept, i mean the had grusomly killed vertual soders, even though its vertual blood, i still call that a bloody war. and i fell bad for corgan sharla and brig, i mean no kid should have to go through what they saw.

  • Andrew
    2018-10-22 15:06

    The book Devastation in my opinion was a relatively good book about an apocalyptic future. I found that the plot was original (in my opinion as I have not read books like this) and the development of the characters was interesting and funny. However, this book lacked description in certain areas and sometimes there were plot twists that, while they were surprising, didn't really matter at all to the plot, which can be extremely annoying when you expect it to result in some gigantic change yet it yields no difference than if it didn't happen. Overall, I think this was a good book and I would recommend it to people who like apocalyptic and somewhat controversial books.

  • Laura
    2018-10-10 17:13

    This is actually two books in one: Virtual War and The Clones, and is part of the Virtual War series. Earth has been destroyed and only a few pockets of civilization exist under domed cities that prevent the spread of contamination and disease. Of course, science and politics reign supreme. And to keep nations on an even footing, a virtual war has been planned that will decide the ownership of an uncontaminated island. The war is fought by highly trained, genetically engineered test tube children working in tandem in a virtually realistic setting designed to eliminate the devastation and bloodshed of past conflicts. Gamers will especially enjoy this dystopian sci-fi double novel.

  • Melissa
    2018-10-20 21:20

    I'm struggling with rating this book because some parts of it I enjoyed and other parts I forced myself to read.It starts out interesting, what's going on? Curious to know. But after the "war" the book just doesn't feel right. Having finished the book I think the middle was just a way for the author to make the ending possible. It felt unlike the rest. I forced my way to the end, and I planned not to read the sequel but the last few pages piqued by curiosity again. So on to book 2. I can't say I recommend this, there are so many better post-apocalyptic novels out there.

  • Hudsonpubliclibrary
    2018-10-12 15:23

    I enjoyed the first half more than the second which felt a bit less well-plotted and rambling at times. Interesting look at using genetically enhanced individuals to fight a virtual war for the remaining humans living in this distopian future. However, not much info is given on the conditions for anyone other than the main, coddled, character in this world. That would have been nice to go into a bit. Still, the cliffhanger at the end leaves me curious enough to want to pick up and read the next book.I kept thinking about Ender's Game while reading this one...

  • Evan Baldonado
    2018-10-13 16:17

    The theme of "Devastation", by Gloria Skurzynski was "friends are the most important things one can have". It was an awesome book which I would recommend for anyone who likes young-adult dystopian novels. All of earth is plagued and inhabitable- apart from the domed cities and one remote island in the Pacific Ocean. Corgan, a fourteen-year old boy is about to fight in a virtual war, the winner of which gets to earn the island for their domed city. Then he meets Sharla, one of his teammates and she unveils all that the Federation has masked from him.

  • Jennifer Lavoie
    2018-10-16 16:19

    Fantastic book. I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not at first, but it sucked me in and was a quick read. At times I loved the characters and at others I disliked them. There were times when Corgan was childish and annoyed me, but at the same time I understood why he acted the way he did. He was never really given much guidance and then suddenly found himself on his own. Of all the characters, Seabrig is perhaps my favorite because he's the most innocent and childlike of them all. I really cannot wait for the second book. I hope it comes out early!

  • Bwayden
    2018-10-11 19:06

    Devistation by gloria skurzynski , is a story bout a lab born boy named corgan who was raised to perfection by a computer program named mentor

  • April
    2018-10-01 17:16

    I enjoyed the first half more than the second which felt a bit less well-plotted and rambling at times. Interesting look at using genetically enhanced individuals to fight a virtual war for the remaining humans living in this distopian future. However, not much info is given on the conditions for anyone other than the main, coddled, character in this world. That would have been nice to go into a bit. Still, the cliffhanger at the end leaves me curious enough to want to pick up and read the next book.I kept thinking about Ender's Game while reading this one...

  • Stephen
    2018-10-22 18:23

    I loved the book for how detailed and well plotted it was. I thaught that there should have been more action being took when Corgan was living on Nuka-Hiva. I also thaught that more questions were needed to be answered when Brigand had a big malitia of his. I loved how the story unfolded though and actually kept track of how all the characters progressed in exterior traits and personality. All in all, I would give this book a nine out of ten.

  • Kerrie
    2018-10-08 17:15

    I was given this book to read a long time ago and just now finished it. Even though it was an easy read as far as words (which is good for my lower level reading kids), I found the book to be confusing and drawn out. Some parts were dragged out that didn't need to be, and some parts that should have been explained better, weren't. I don't even think I want to read the rest of the series just because of this reason. Especially when I don't have as much time to read as I used to.

  • Juan Tello
    2018-10-14 21:01

    I thought the book was really good, I really liked it. I did not really like the virtual war part it was not as good as I thought it would be, I thought it was going to have a little more action in it. I seem to be some what of a board game other than a war. Even though I didn't like that I still really want to know what happens in the other book with the Brig clones.

  • Micah
    2018-10-12 18:05

    This was an awesome book. When I got done Virtual War (there were two books in one, Virtual War and The Clones, but I didn't know that at first) I kept asking, where is she going with this? After the war, which happened to be the main thing, there was something else happening and I didn't understand it. This is one of those books that go by quick. Overall, it was pretty good.

  • Aimee Ferguson
    2018-10-13 19:57

    ( I don't know when I read this, but I borrowed it only to discover that I'd already read it once before. I'm not sure how I felt about it at the time, but I know I really like the concept but wasn't blown away by this book. I think the Hunger Game comparisons are unfair, but that seems to be what happens in this genre in particular. I might look over some reviews and add as I remember later c: )

  • Joe Holman
    2018-10-20 19:11

    A decent young adult book with a fun plot that kept things moving quite lively. I really liked Mendor, the computer generated mother/father who changed to fit the circumstance. The downside is that it ends in such a way that it begs a sequel or series and I can't make up my mind if it's worth it or not.

  • Kayley
    2018-10-01 22:25

    A little slow to start, but entertaining enough when you get into it. Ending a bit bizarre and unexpected, which isn't necessarily bad, but I will have to continue the series to find out what happens next

  • Nicole
    2018-10-11 16:55

    i love this book! and i cant wait to read the new one. this is a book that takes you to another world. i love how the book has so much details and twists and turns. im so happy that this book was made. big thanks to Gloria Skurzynski! i love your work!

  • Sarah
    2018-09-30 19:23

    It's really, really good. Now I have a new series. I can't wait to read the next one!

  • Sharie
    2018-10-15 19:05

    Really a combination of two short books into one. Dystopic.

  • Julia Reynolds
    2018-10-22 22:25

    It's a really interesting book. I am 13 and I loved it! A book my librarian said was better than this one is Beautiful Creatures by kami garcia and margaret stohl.

  • Meera Patel
    2018-09-27 17:08

    Wow, this book was just like the Hunger Games. Well, it was similar. Different plot, and character types, but has the whole rebellion theme to it. <333

  • Victoria
    2018-09-24 13:58

    Lots of technical and believability holes, but an exciting read nonetheless. If I don't get to finish the story with the next book, Afterwar, I don't think I'll mourn.

  • Julie
    2018-10-20 21:19

    This is the weirdest, most ridiculous book ever. The plot is so frantic and jumpy I could barely stand to finish it. It's like a wannabe Ender's Game.