“I really, really enjoyed this, although at first when I heard the concept I thought it would be Ender's Game redux. Really fun.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The further I got into the book the less I liked it. It was too long. I got bored with it. And I did not appreciate the "coming of age" fantasies that that the main character was having. Due to that, and the amount of violence my children will not be reading this book. I will not be reading...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I really, really enjoyed this, although at first when I heard the concept I thought it would be Ender's Game redux. Really fun.”Amy W wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Insignia" by S.J. Kincaid is a terrific, captivating storyline that is populated by impersonal, not very likeable people whether protagonists of antagonists. I really enjoyed the premise which is computer enhanced intelligence placed in YA's who are tasked with fighting the corporate wars. I appreciated the imagination of the author although the story is admittedly similar to Ender's Game although more violent and infected with an anti-capitalist bent. I enjoyed it enough to want to read the sequel so stay tuned! 3.5 stars!!!”Dave H wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tom Raines is not average. He is way below average. Going motel to motel with his sad, x-pro poker player dad. They are, however, beating the odds of surviving. The world is owned by 12 mega-corporations. But the world is at war, and it is World War Three. On one side, you have six of the companies, with USA, India, North America, Oceania, Europe, Central America, and Australia. On the other, you have the other 6 corps and China, Russia, South America, and Africa. Even fight, right?
Even though the wars been raging for years, the human casualties are: 0. Because they are fought in space by unmanned drones. Controlled by a group of teens. And the Americo-Indio alliance want Tom. So, with a very reluctant father, they go. Where he becomes part android. Yes, they put a computer chip and computer port in his head.
Can he survive the Spire (where they are)? Can he beat Medusa?, and for that matter, who is this elusive Medusa? Join Tom and the other teens at the Pentagon Spire as they fight for the resources of space. But wait. I forgot to mention one thing. Only six of the forty have the power to fight. Not Tom. He’s in training with the rest.
Reviewed and recommended by Adam Storrier.
“I was really looking forward to reading this one. I actually came across it because it is being reviewed by a teen award committee I serve on. To be honest, I doubt it will make the final cut, but it was quite enjoyable. Fans of "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline or "Ender's Game" will find a lot to like in this book. Tom Raines lives in a time when another world war is taking place. He is an underachieving students with a talent for gaming, which would seem to make him perfect for helping the war effort. You see, this is a war being fought far away in the Solar System through drones. The two sides of the war are the usual mixture of nations, but this time, there is a third alliance made up of a number of multinational corporations.
I did enjoy the book, but like so many teen novels today, I feel like the book runs on for far too long. And to make matters worse it is the first book in a series. When did we stop being able to tell a story in a single book? That's right, when publishers realized they could trick us into buying multiple books to get a story!
All joking aside, this was pretty good, though I have to admit that I won't be reading the sequels "Vortex" and "Allies."”
“The further I got into the book the less I liked it. It was too long. I got bored with it. And I did not appreciate the "coming of age" fantasies that that the main character was having. Due to that, and the amount of violence my children will not be reading this book. I will not be reading the sequels.”Heather P wrote this review Monday, October 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this read. An amazing book. I was shocked to find how written it was an how the author shaped the plot to keep your ever attention!”The Book Sorcerer wrote this review Wednesday, October 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Have you ever had the feeling of being worthless? Well this is how Tom feels in the book "Insignia". He and his dad travel a lot from casino to casino. He has to support his dad by playing VR (virtual reality) games. Well, doesn't that sound like a life. Never in the same place more than two days. Going to a school using VR. Well Tom doesn't feel that way about it.
He gets the chance to change his life. Of course he ran into a lot of problems.Like the only people that can fly these ships that are in space are the ones who get drafted into that part of the army. Then you have three levels until you reach that. If this does not sound good so far keep reading, it might just hook you on this action packed thriller. But there was a problem with the program that the public doesn't know. And at first it was a big conflict with Tom. But they brought out the big guns and he couldn't say no.
This is a book you won't want to put down. It will have your brain working to solve this puzzle. It was a book that I got lost in and I bet you will too. I liked how the books main purpose was to never focus on just you but be proud of who you are and trust your friends. This is an important aspect for a character. I know I hope I can learn how to imply it in real life.
I recommend this book for anyone who likes to read science fiction thrillers. This book pulled me in within the first 25 pages. I would suggest this book for 7th grade and up. I give this book two thumbs up. It is one of the best books I have read. Definitely in the top 5. -- James W.”
“Kincaid draws you into the world of a futuristic WWIII, where online gaming controls the battle in space. In it Thomas Raines stars has the boy offered a unique opportunity to fight in the Indo-American Alliance against the rivals across the ocean, the Russo-Chinese Alliance. Suspicions and paranoia flies as Tom deals with eccentric people while making friends and enemies along the way. All in all, it was a very good book, and the twist at the end was interesting as well. Definitely a recommendation for those who like sci-fi like Ender's Game!”Esther I. wrote this review Wednesday, September 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing science fiction from S.J. Kincaid, who immerses you right away into the world of Thomas Raines, who travels around America with his father scraping a living playing VR games. He's something of a genius at them, and it isn't long before he attracts the attention of the Pentagonal Spire...