Review: Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

Posted November 21, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Insignia by S.J. Kincaid


by S.J. Kincaid
Series: Insignia #1
Published on July 10th 2012
by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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 Three. 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.

3.5 Stars

I picked this book up because I read that it had some similarities to Ready Player One. I’d just finished that one and it left me with a major hangover and I needed something just as awesome in my life. But it didn’t quite end the way I’d hoped.

Insignia is not a bad novel. Not at all. The fact that this didn’t end up more than 3.5 stars was all on me. In other Sci-Fi books I’ve read, mainly Ready Player One, there were a lot of infodumps and the sci-fi aspect was very big, just like in this book. You also had the virtual reality stuff going on. But while all of that wasn’t a problem for me at all in those other books, in this one I felt like I was drowning in it and I couldn’t keep up. It was just too much for me.

The story is cool and original and I loved all the characters. I loved how the author handled the ending and all that and I do want to continue this series. I also liked the hint of romance on the background. If you’re a big fan of Science Fiction and virtual reality stuff, you have to read this one because it is really good.

Sorry for the short review, guys, I’m just a bit… lost for words on this one. I don’t want to give anything away and honestly, I don’t have much more to say.


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