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 stopped twirling the virtual pencil and tried to concentrate. “Modern wars aren't fought by people. I mean, they're kind of fought by people, because people on Earth control mechanized drones remotely, but the machines do the actual ...
He stopped. “At what?” He couldn't come up with anything else, so he just said it. “Games.” The word sat on the air between them, and to Tom it suddenly sounded utterly sad. “So is your father, Tom. And where is he now?
I bet this is why—” He stopped talking. He'd almost said it. That dark thought, the one he never voiced. I bet this is why Mom left us. It took Neil a moment to speak, as though he'd heard the phantom words. “This is not the only way we ...
He stopped walking. “Wait, what?” He swung around to look at the two adults. “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 ...
I remember that time you guys were fighting on Titan, when you—” Heather laughed, and linked her fingers with his to stop him. The physical contact was something of a shock to Tom, because it was nothing like VR.
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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