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. ... “got lost in the woods” or “got hit in the head and got amnesia” before even he thought he sounded like a colossal idiot.
But when he asked about visiting Rosewood one last time, Marsh shook his head. “As far as your Ms. Falmouth is concerned, you've been moved to a foster home. We keep as quiet as we can about our young recruits, Tom.
General Marsh shook his head. “No saluting, Tom. This is Olivia Ossare. She's a civilian.” The woman beamed at him. “It's a pleasure to meet you, Tom. He's right. I'm a civilian—as are you. When the military began requisitioning ...
“What do you mean, processors in their brains?” Neither Marsh nor Olivia reacted. It was as if they'd both expected this. Marsh said, “To become a trainee here, Mr. Raines, you have to have a neural processor installed in your head.
His head began to ache. He found himself wishing his dad was around. Then again, if Neil had been there when General Marsh pulled that Oh-I- forgot-to-mention-the-computer-in-your-head-earlier thing, he would've exploded.
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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