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Devastation (Virtual War Chronologs #1-2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  193 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
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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Jul 07, 2011 Sam rated it did not like it
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
Amber Couch
Dec 26, 2010 Amber Couch rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, ya-scifi
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
Nov 30, 2013 Nicole Sampson rated it liked it
I like the topic and the multiple plots within the book, but the character's emotional and background stories are lacking
Jun 06, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok
First part was good. But i really dont understand the second part. I feel this book isnt that great.
Jul 30, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
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
Feb 29, 2016 Bwayden rated it it was amazing
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
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*

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
Haven Angel
Oct 18, 2011 Haven Angel rated it it was amazing
(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!contians spoliers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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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
Aimee Ferguson
Dec 27, 2014 Aimee Ferguson rated it liked it
( 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: )
Oct 16, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 30, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Oct 21, 2015 Julie rated it did not like it
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.
April Duclos
Feb 08, 2016 April Duclos rated it really liked it
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
Mar 27, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
It's really, really good. Now I have a new series. I can't wait to read the next one!
Oct 16, 2013 Hudsonpubliclibrary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ender's Game lovers
Shelves: book-reviews
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
Jul 13, 2015 Sharie rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-level-ya
Really a combination of two short books into one. Dystopic.
Jennifer Lavoie
Jan 07, 2011 Jennifer Lavoie rated it really liked it
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 Baldonado
Aug 29, 2013 Evan Baldonado rated it it was amazing
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May 08, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 12, 2013 Micah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen

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.
Jan 17, 2014 Kayley rated it liked it
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
Jan 24, 2012 Juan Tello rated it really liked it
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
Dec 16, 2012 Joe Holman rated it liked it
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
Feb 03, 2012 Thomas Herrin rated it liked it
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
Dec 30, 2010 Julia Reynolds rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 14, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, ya
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 really liked it
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
Lover Of
Sep 28, 2013 Lover Of rated it it was amazing
I love this book but someone please tell me what happened on page 344 and 345 please someone tell me !!!!!
Aug 30, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
it was such a great book
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Virtual War Chronologs (4 books)
  • Virtual War (Virtual War Chronologs, #1)
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