Devastation (Virtual War Chronologs #1-2)
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Devastation (Virtual War Chronologs #1-2)

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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 isl...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Sam
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...more
Amber Couch
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
I like the topic and the multiple plots within the book, but the character's emotional and background stories are lacking
Sarah
First part was good. But i really dont understand the second part. I feel this book isnt that great.
Melissa Robb
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...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja*
VIRTUAL WORLD

In 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...more
Haven Angel
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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 a...more
Andrew
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...more
Laura
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 childre...more
Sarah
It's really, really good. Now I have a new series. I can't wait to read the next one!
Hudsonpubliclibrary
Oct 16, 2013 Hudsonpubliclibrary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ender's Game lovers
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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...more
Jennifer Lavoie
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...more
Evan B.
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Stephen
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.
Micah
Apr 12, 2013 Micah rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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.
Kayley
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
Juan Tello
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.
Joe Holman
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.
Thomas Herrin
I'm thought this was a very good book and I really enjoyed the concept the author had. The beginning of the story evoked a clear vibrant picture in my mind of the vibrant setting.
Julia Reynolds
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.
Victoria
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.
Meera Patel
Jan 25, 2012 Meera Patel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like books that take place in the future
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
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I love this book but someone please tell me what happened on page 344 and 345 please someone tell me !!!!!
Michael
it was such a great book
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"May you live in interesting times."

That ambiguous wish was not meant to be kind, because interesting times can be difficult. You and I certainly live in interesting times - dangerous, challenging, and fascinating.

My parents were born just before the start of the twentieth century; my youngest grandchild arrived in this century's final decade. The years in between have been the most dynamic in the
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