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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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”—he gestured to himself like he was proud of how very handsome he was—“isn't an avatar, ...
Heather took the opportunity to whisper to Tom, “I didn't mean to get you in trouble.” Tom laughed softly and shook his head. “You didn't get me in trouble. This is just Ms. Falmouth letting me know how much she missed me.
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.
She didn't sound like she hated the idea. He broke into a grin. “Only if you're gonna say yes.” Heather smiled. “What network address will you be at tomorrow, Tom?” HE WAS ONLY half in the moment as he gave her his network address, ...
Tom didn't point out that she'd demanded that he promise not to miss class again. What had she expected him to tell her, the truth? Should he have outright admitted he probably wasn't going to show up at school? She would've just yelled ...
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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