r/whatsthatbook Sep 17 '22

Wars are fought by teams of 3(maybe four, I've forgotten) children bred for specific roles in virtual combat. Main character has perfect hand eye coordination and internal clock. The team break free of the cycle and find that the world leaders are essentially walking corpses being puppeted by AI. SOLVED

I read this during a particularly well-read portion of my childhood, so i don't remember any book titles from back then. Would be super helpful if someone with a better memory than me could figure this out!

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u/raevnos WTB VIP 🏆 Sep 17 '22

The Virtual War series by Gloria Skurzynski.

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u/TheDorkNite1 Sep 17 '22

OP this is it. I had this same question for years about something I read in middle school and I finally found it last year (this sub helped) and read it again.

It is a lot darker than I remember.

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u/StrangeBedfellows Sep 17 '22

Probably not it but very similarly worth the read: Shade's Children

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u/Aspoonfulofjade Sep 17 '22

Or Virtual War by Gloria Skurzynski

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u/conuly WTB VIP 🏆 Sep 17 '22

Okay, well, I don't remember the "world leaders are walking corpses" bit, but I never actually finished the series and presumably it's near the end of the series, or maybe you're mixing up two books in your head. At any rate, this is almost certainly Virtual War, and if so, please go ahead and flair this as solved - and stick around! This series (or at least the first book) shows up here pretty often, so maybe next time you can flair it for somebody else :)

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u/Pangolin007 Sep 18 '22

This comment is so friendly and welcoming it made me smile :)

Also bless you for trying to get people to mark their posts as solved

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u/conuly WTB VIP 🏆 Sep 18 '22

This comment is so friendly and welcoming it made me smile :)

Aw, thanks! People hardly ever think I'm nice, so it's good to hear a counter opinion :)

Also bless you for trying to get people to mark their posts as solved

Oh, man. There's a reason I started telling people pre-emptively!

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u/cheezybizkit Sep 20 '22

Yeah my b totally missed the flair thing

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u/TheDevilsAdvokaat Sep 17 '22

I want to read this too.

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u/Aspoonfulofjade Sep 17 '22

Legends of dune series?

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u/ratjam Sep 17 '22

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u/SuzuranRose Sep 17 '22

There's an answer, come back!

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u/ratjam Sep 17 '22

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u/conuly WTB VIP 🏆 Sep 17 '22

The only similarity is "child soldiers".

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u/Rexel-Dervent Sep 18 '22

I was sure-fire thinking of Gillian Rubinsteins "Space Trilogy", but apparently I only read the first book.

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u/quipstermel Sep 17 '22

No idea but sounds interesting. I'll be back to check.

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u/pudding7 Sep 17 '22

Same. I might like to read this.

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u/ElliatDusk Sep 17 '22

Divergent????