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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Triumph rang in the man's voice. “We're on.” They were off. Their cars roared to life and tore furiously down the track. Tom mentally ticked off the laps, taking it all very deliberately. He made a few token mistakes here and there.
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, catching the implication: if he wouldn't pay Tom, ...
Her voice was a breathy whisper. “You sure?” Tom stared at her as Ms. Falmouth's voice carried on: “. . . exported conflicts serve several purposes...” “I'm sure,” he told her, so keenly aware of her touch she might as well have been ...
The reporter's voice carried on over the image: “... great deal of attention these last few years, Mr. Ramirez. How do you feel about the public's fascination with you?” “To tell you the truth, I don't see myself as a great hero the way ...
For all he knew, she was a guy with a voice modifier who'd hacked the school feed. “Let's just say, I feel like I know enough about Elliot not to buy the hype.” There was something coy in her voice that made him wonder if he was missing ...
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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