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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His gaze settled on the two men in the opposite corner, and locked onto target. Them, Tom thought. The men stood with VR visors on, wired gloves clenched in the air. Their racing simulation blazed across an overhead screen for anyone ...
The bad driver was suddenly interested in their exchange. Tom raised his voice to make sure the man could make out every word. “I guess no one's playing games for money in here. Is that it?” The gamer followed Tom's gaze to his victim, ...
Ms. Falmouth's avatar gazed at him with an unnatural, unblinking intensity. “We signed a learning contract, don't you remember?” Tom didn't point out that she'd demanded that he promise not to miss class again. What had she expected him ...
Tom gazed around, surprised. It was like he'd unwittingly activated another game within the game. He went with it. First thing he did was look at his character's attire and weaponry. He was in a space suit. Obviously his character was ...
There was a teasing note in her voice. “Congratulations. You passed.” “Passed what?” But she vanished and the simulation went black. Tom gazed into the darkness, confused, and then a slow, steady clapping filled his ears. His real ears.
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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