I read a book about 10 years ago about a teenage boy that is in a government program for genetically enhanced children in a post-apocalyptic world. He is training for a holographic battle game against other countries where the winner gets the last piece of uncontaminated land.

He meets his partners, a girl about his age and a young boy who is crippled but a genius.

I don't remember much more than that but I have been looking for it for years. This is NOT Ender's Game or anything from that series, I have checked.

  • I find your emphatic "This is NOT Ender's Game" rather amusing. The books are almost nothing alike, and have different authors, yet I too have somehow associated the two (along with a third book, "Virtual World" by Chris Westwood) with each other...
    – Izkata
    Nov 24, 2013 at 14:21
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    see OP (maybe?) comment below confirming (probably?) duplicate status.
    – Otis
    Oct 13, 2016 at 15:29

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Virtual War Chronologs (1997) by Gloria Skurzynski.

From this review:

By the year 2080, plague, disease, and nuclear war have confined Earth's two million human survivors to a few domed cities, where they are governed by the Western Hemisphere Federation, the Eurasian Alliance, or the Pan Pacific Coalition. When it is discovered that a small group of islands in the Pacific has become livable again, the three federations decide to wage a bloodless virtual war, with the winner to take possession of the island called Nuku Hiva.

All his life Corgan, then fourteen, has trained to be the champion of the Western Federation. Genetically engineered for quick reflexes, superior physical condition, and a remarkable time-splitting ability, he's been raised in isolation inside a virtual reality Box..

Only three weeks before the start of the War, Corgan meets - virtually - his two teammates: Brig, a ten-year-old mutant who is a superb strategist, and Sharla, the same age as Corgan. It is Sharla, with her brilliant ability to break codes, who brings him his first real human contact.

  • Oh my god thank you! You have no idea how long i have looked for this book!!!!
    – user19903
    Nov 24, 2013 at 11:17
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    @Matt: Remember to accept it as the correct answer. Nov 25, 2013 at 0:47
  • I have been looking for this book for the last 10 years!!! I couldn't remember half the information Matt posted, all I could remember was that they were genetically enhanced! Thank you so much! I was beginning to think I had dreamed up the entire book!
    – user19942
    Nov 25, 2013 at 20:21

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