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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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, ...
Tom noticed suddenly that he and Ms. Falmouth were the only ones left in the virtual classroom. “I was just logging off,” Tom said quickly, and reached up in the real world to snatch off his visor. “Not quite yet, Tom,” Ms. Falmouth ...
Suddenly Tom felt kind of fuzzy and clenched up inside like he was getting sick. Ms. Falmouth leaned back in her seat. “You're competing in a global economy. One out of three Americans is unemployed. You need an education to be an ...
“I'm good at...” 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?
He realized suddenly that she was the incursing gamer. She'd been the one to challenge him to a sim. He wondered if the sense of awe and excitement sweeping through him was what it felt like to be in love. “You're a gamer, too!
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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