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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Now with Ms. Falmouth and his entire class watching him, Tom tried to think of an excuse he'd never used before to explain why he'd missed the last ten days. He'd missed school so many times, he'd repeated himself a couple times by ...
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 ...
“I don't. I don't,” Tom had protested. He wanted his dad to be right. He really did. Even now, he studied Elliot and tried to see something fake and computer simulated about him, but he just saw a cheesy kid madly in love with himself.
“I try.” “No, you don't. And what's more, your father doesn't try, either. Do you realize you missed two quizzes and a history paper last week?” “It couldn't be helped.” “Russo-Chinese hackers, right?” she said.
He tried to turn his thoughts toward the other thing that happened today: Heather. His brain buzzed with the memory of her words, the way she'd smiled when she thought he was asking her out. He was still thinking of her later that night ...
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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