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Virtual War Hardcover – June 1, 1997

3.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Amazon.com Review

Any teen who's ever been sucked into a video game or spent time in virtual worlds on the Net will be completely transfixed by this chilling, fast-paced novel. Fourteen-year-old Corgan was genetically engineered to be the fastest player on any electronic playing field. Every second counts, too, because Corgan is preparing for the big war: a bloodless, electronic battle to be waged against other doomed worlds. Always mindful of the Council's orders, Corgan has trained his whole life for this war, but--on the eve of the battle--he decides to break the rules for the first time. Do the Council members really know what's best for the Earth? Corgan needs to learn to think for himself, because everyone on the planet will be affected by his decisions.

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"Taking place almost entirely in a shifting series of simulated environments," said PW, "this speed read could be just the ticket for cyberfiction enthusiasts." Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689813740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689813740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,878,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a really good book. I used to hate Science Fistion Books but for school I had to read one. One of my friends told me to read it. It is a bout a fourteen-year-old boy who lives in Wyoming in the year 2080. After Earth is infected but many diseases there is a war over an island that is not infected. Corgan and two other people Sharla, and Brig. They have to help Corgan win the war. This is one of the best books I've read. If a 12-year-old girl tried it and liked it you should too. It is fun and exciting. It gets you hooked in the second chapter.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Gloria Skurzynski, you lucky puppy. This book is in our middle school reading program called iLit and is required reading. So I downloaded it on Kindle, to get a jump on the story. The kids loved it and I agree, it was well-told and had some good conversation-starter themes in it. But I was so distracted by the typos. In addition to punctuation problems, Sharla's name was written as Shark 8 times. Yes, I counted! Thank you Kindle highlighting feature. I can accept a typo here or there. It happens. But these typos were so distracting. 5 stars from the kids. 2 star from me. And a big congratulations to the author at being required reading in a middle school classroom.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this book in middle school and came back to read it for a bit of nostalgia. But what I was surprised to find were SO MANY ERRORS. The spelled Sharla's name wrong (Shark) about 3 different times in two pages and there are random periods in the middle of sentences. I can see how some minor errors get through, but I'm only 3 chapters in and it's getting distracting. If I'm spending money on a published book, I expect a certain level of proper English.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. I highly recremend it. The way it was written makes you feel like you're in the war and seeing it first hand. It was full of action and set in the future, and its plot introduced a creative way to think what the furure is going to be like. Even more important than the idea of what the future is going to be like was how they fought the war. The war was in virtual reality, which meant nobody actually died, even though the fighting felt very real. That is a great idea. Virtual War has suspense, action, great characters, and is extremely exciting. You've got to read it!
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By A Customer on July 18, 2000
Format: Library Binding
Virtual War is a great Science Fiction story for Young Adults.Gloria Skurzynski provided the reader with a futuristic view of whatthe world could be in the future. She produced a great setting of three superpowers fighting a virtual war to win an uncontaminated island. The participants in this virtual war have been genetically bred for this event. This book has a good plot and is delivered in a progressive format that makes the story easy to follow. Flashbacks are used to provide the reader with background information to understand the characters and earth at this time in the future. Virtual War is very creative and realistic in displaying possibilities of what technology may play in our futures. If you like science fiction and technology, you can't go wrong with Virtual War as a reading choice.
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By A Customer on January 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excellent book! a great book with a great plot. This book about a teenager in the future with a lot on his mind. Imagine yourself in a life of virtual reality with no human life. Pretty interesting huh? Read it for yourself and discover the virtual world that lye's ahead!
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Many of my sci fi loving boys loved this book - couldn't put it down. Also, many of my "I don't like to read" boys. Girls liked it too, since there is also a strong female character. Takes X-box and other gaming to its fiercest and most logical conclusion.
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Format: Hardcover
This book has strong points in every field. The premise is interesting, the writing style is easy to follow yet not overly simplistic, the characters are developed nicely, and the plot is intense. It is overall very well-written, and worth checking out.
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