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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,901 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. J. Kincaid Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Raven | 2/16/2014

    " This was just what I needed--a fast-paced, exciting, intriguing read. Think Ender's Game, but without the language and extreme violence. And ultra-modern. And with a wonderful theme of friendship throughout. Okay, so maybe think a more humane Ender's Game that highlights relationships. That was perhaps my favorite thing about this book--how our protagonist learns about real friends, how real their interactions were, and how those relationships come to be meaningful to him. Very high tech and cool, but not so much so that I was left trying to figure out what was going on. Really enjoyed the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/8/2014

    " I liked it. The characters were strong and plot moved well. I think my middle schoolers will like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Inah | 1/26/2014

    " Perfect example that we can have a well written futuristic sci-fi YA book without all the characters being white. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bethany | 12/27/2013

    " It took me waaaay too long to finish this, and I definitely did not enjoy it as much as everyone else, apparently. "

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About the Author

S. J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire. She also interned for a politician in Washington, DC, and received degrees from universities in Illinois and Ohio, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Edinburgh, Scotland, that she realized she wanted to be a writer. She now lives outside of Chicago.