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About The Book

There’s only one thing more deadly than disease, more destructive than the forces of nature: jealousy. It’s been years since the world was nearly destroyed by natural disasters, but even the biggest earthquake couldn’t shake the evils of mankind. Of course, Corgan and Brigand are not normal human beings. Brigand is the product of a cloning experiment gone wrong and Corgan was conceived and raised in a sterile environment, conditioned to be a hero for the Federation’s virtual wars. They aren’t typical humans, but they are still flesh and blood. And their virtual competition spills over into the real world when the beautiful, rebellious Sharla comes between them. Corgan’s adventure, which began with Devastation, continues as Brigand launches an attack to eliminate his rival. Corgan is about to see that even battles fought with mind controlled avatars can have very high personal stakes.

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 (March 8, 2011)
  • Length: 528 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442416819
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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"The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting book four." School Library Journal on The Revolt, book one in Afterwar

"Readers will enjoy the video game-like qualities of the final combat. This is a well-written adventure in which technical details are deftly woven into the fast-paced plot." School Library Journal on The Choice, book two in Afterwar

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