Virtual War by Gloria Skurzynski

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Imagine a life of virtual reality -- a childhood contained in a controlled environment, with no human contact or experiences outside of the world of computer-generated images.

Corgan has been genetically engineered by the Federation for quick reflexes, high intelligence, and physical superiority. Everything Corgan is, everything he has ever seen or done, was to prepare him for one moment: a bloodless, computer-controlled virtual war.

When Corgan meets his two fellow warriors, he begins to question the Federation. Now Corgan must decide where his loyalties lie, what he's willing to fight for, and exactly what he wants in return. His decisions will affect not only these three virtual warriors, but all the people left on earth.
 

About Gloria Skurzynski

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Gloria Skurzynski is the author of forty-five books for young readers. Her books have won many awards: the Christopher Medal, the Golden Kite from the Society of Children's Book Writers, the Golden Spur from Western Writers of America, the Utah Children's Book Award, and the Children's Science Book Award from the American Institute of Physics. They've been named Junior Library Guild Selections, Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, Best Books of the Year by School Library Journal, New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age, and NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
Published May 8, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 170 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In her depiction of a society that prefers virtual reality to the real thing, Skurzynski plays a nice riff on appearance and reality: Although Corgan's team members appear fit and healthy in the virtual realm, he secretly meets them in person and discovers that the third member, Brig, is actually...

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Taking place almost entirely in a shifting series of simulated environments, this speed read could be just the ticket for cyberfiction enthusiasts. Fourteen-year-old Corgan has been genetically engine

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Still, Skurzynski's (Cyberstorm) pacing is zippy, and the drills set for Corgan in preparation for the war (e.g., ""Golden Bees,"" ""Triple Multiplex"" and a simulated 20th-century minefield with miniature soldiers) will keep gaming fans in good humor.

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