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The Clones; Virtual War

About The Book

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…

About The Author

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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

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 24, 2010)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442416802
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

"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.

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