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 car sailed past the finish line while the other car crashed and exploded in the arena's side ditch. “What—what—” the man sputtered. Tom flipped up his visor. “Whoops. I think I have played that game before.
Tom hadn't thought to ask her to do that. He recovered from his surprise quickly. ... “What network address will you be at tomorrow, Tom? ... Oh. A heaviness settled in Tom's chest, because he'd half expected this, and it wasn't good.
Tom took advantage of the crimson haze and flung himself toward the iono-sulfuric weapon. ... and Tom saw the error in his logic: whoever this gamer was, he probably knew the C29 dugout would be Tom's assured path to victory.
Tom dropped the gun and settled down next to the dead body, waiting for the next level, hoping the incursing gamer wasn't going to tuck tail and run. But then the body morphed. Tom leaped to his feet and stared, fascinated, ...
Tom closed his eyes, blood beating in his head. There would never be a “next win. ... And Tom would be worthless, too, if he didn't get away while he had the chance. ... Neil yanked the consent form from Tom's hands.
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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