Insignia, Volume 1
"Insignia expertly combines humor with a disarming and highly realistic view of the future. The characters are real, funny, and memorable. You won't be able to put this book down."—Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent and Insurgent
The earth is in the middle of WWIII in Insignia, the first entry in S. J. Kincaid's fast-paced sci-fi adventure trilogy perfect for fans of Ender's Game.
The planet's natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn't seem like a hero. He's a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.
As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom's life completely changes. Suddenly, he's someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there's a price to pay. . . .
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“I'm Heather.” She flashed him a smile. “And this isn't an avatar.” Sure it isn't, Tom thought. People didn't look like that in real life unless they were celebrities. But he nodded like he believed her. “I'm Tom. And believe it or not, ...
This time he'd give it to her. “Dunno. Sorry.” Ms. Falmouth sighed as though she expected nothing more, and moved on to her next victim. “Heather, you two look to be making fast friends. If you're talking during class on your first day ...
Ms. Falmouth was silent for several seconds, perhaps stunned at how readily Heather had answered the question. “That'll quite do, Heather. Very well articulated. Offshored conflicts are practical socially as well as ecologically.
Ms. Falmouth didn't even get a chance to dismiss them. Students began fizzling away. Tom was normally among the first to sign off. He wasn't this time because just as he raised his hand to yank off the VR visor, Heather spoke up.
Heather twirled a lock of her dark hair around her finger. “So, this is an online school,” she said coyly. “Is video chatting Rosewood's version of a date?” Tom opened and closed his mouth. She didn't sound like she hated the idea.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jennybeast - LibraryThing
Initially I was irritated by the similiarities to Ender's Game, but that book never made me laugh out loud at the antics of the characters. Great, fast-paced, in places hilarious read. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Jadedog13 - LibraryThing
I love this book. It was highly recommended to me by one of my fifth-grade students. In fact, she repeatedly told me that I "had" to read this book. So, of course, I read it. And I am so glad I did ... Read full review