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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Tom's dad, Neil, usually saved enough money to pay for a roof over their heads and some food at the gift shop. But some days he got totally cleaned out at the poker tables. It happened more and more in recent years as the last of his ...
That's a computer simulation,” Neil had declared. “People have seen him in person, Dad.” “No human being acts like that! Look how he blinks every fifteen seconds on the dot. Time it. And then look at his eyebrows.
Tom slouched back, feeling like he'd just been socked in the stomach. This was not going to end well. Maybe he wasn't reaching great heights of achievement with Neil, but life in foster care wouldn't be.
achievement with Neil, but life in foster care wouldn't be a land of hope and opportunity either. And no way could he stay at his mom's. No way, no way. Dalton, her boyfriend, paid for her fancy apartment in New York City.
“Games.” The word sat on the air between them, and to Tom it suddenly sounded utterly sad. “So is your father, Tom. And where is he now?” CHAPTER TWO BACK WHEN TOM was little, Neil seemed like.
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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