More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con... show more
More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible. Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War III. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him? Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.
Publish date: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages no: 446
Edition language: English
Series: Insignia (#1)
That computer in your head is a weapon, but it is a double-edged sword. - page 103 "War evolves over time. It's better to say, 'No one kills in this war yet.'" - page 105 "People are expendable. Period. The only difference between the nineteen fifties and today is that there are billions more of...
I really enjoyed this book. Its more or less about the near future where intergalactic war has ravaged the world. Scared of ruining the earth battles are not fought in space by modified humans called Solar combatants. Tom is just an ordinary kid with a dad with a gambling addiction who opposis the g...
12/31/14I decided to re-read Insignia before starting on the second and third books. I'm glad I did--it turns out I'd forgotten a lot more about the story than I remembered. My first review from a couple of years ago still stands. I'll just add a few additional thoughts. The science fiction is hea...
ES-PEC-TA-CU-LARLei un solo libro, pero me atrevo a decir que ya ocupa el mismo puesto que Maze Runner y Los juegos del hambre en mi mente :)QUE LIBRO GENIAL!
I decided to delve into this one for a read-along hosted by Epic Reads (*book shimmy*) and it turned out be a seriously good idea! When someone says sci-fi adventure I don’t really picture anything but now I think I’m going to have Insignia as a good to mental image. Some have likened this to Ender’...