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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... fighting the laughter rising in his throat. This guy must already taste his easy fifty bucks since he'd fallen for the act so readily. Most casinos had one or two gamers who practically lived in the VR parlors, fancying themselves gods ...
... fighting. If our machines don't get demolished by Russo-Chinese machines, our country wins the battle.” “And who is ... fights on Earth, we.
S. J. Kincaid. war on other planets, and avoiding fights on Earth, we resolve issues through violence, but we avoid most of the consequences of traditional warfare such as debilitating injuries, human deaths, disruption of infrastructure ...
... of attention these last few years, Mr. Ramirez. How do you feel about the public's fascination with you?” “To tell you the truth, I don't see myself as a great hero the way so many people do. It's the machines that do all the fighting.
S. J. Kincaid. people do. It's the machines that do all the fighting in space. I just control them. You could say”—and here the image flipped back to Elliot just as he threw a wink at the camera—“I'm just a kid who likes to play with ...