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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He knew it would just annoy her, but it wasn't like she had a good opinion of him to be ruined. To be fair, he missed class a lot. Mostly not on purpose. Mostly he missed school due to losing access to an internet connection.
... was proud of how very handsome he was—“isn't an avatar, either.” Heather giggled, because his avatar looked just like him, with acne and scrawny limbs and all. It definitely wasn't an image anyone would use to impress people online.
He wasn't sure what else she wanted. He couldn't list all the tiny little countries allied with the two sides if he tried, and he doubted anyone else in the room could, either. There was a reason Rosewood was a reform school—most of its ...
His father was in the hotel room with him, and he'd insisted on watching the entire thing several times because he was convinced that the famed Elliot Ramirez wasn't a real person. He refused to change the channel until Tom was ...
Ms. Falmouth didn't even get a chance to dismiss them. Students began fizzling away. Tom was normally among the first to sign off. He wasn't this time because just as he raised his hand to yank off the VR visor, Heather spoke up.
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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