He knew he can’t win.
After all, the game tested your competency at handling a phaser and those things absolutely despised him.
But he can’t lose.
It’s his sister’s future at stake. Winning this won’t change anything for him – he’d still be the Council’s property, but if he made it, then, at sixteen, he can get her out of Redirection. She’d have a proper life as an Elite.
Thinking it through for a moment, he realised that it wasn’t just about shooting your target – it was also about hiding from your hunter.
And he’s always been the best at hide-and-seek.