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Author: S. J. Kincaid Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780062132772
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 12/15/2013

    " Very good debut novel. Can't wait to see what she does next with this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 11/9/2013

    " This book was a little bit like Feed and a lot like what I remember of Ender's Game, but whether or not it was very original, I totally enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.W. | 8/25/2013

    " Fun book! At first, I was afraid INSIGNIA was going to be too much like Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME, which I loved. But Kincaid found a way to breathe new life to the idea of teenaged virtual warriors. The premise is too realistic for comfort, but that's also part of its appeal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/16/2013

    " Fun book for boys who love gaming of any kind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selena | 5/31/2013

    " EXCELLENT book. I didn't want to put it down. It was well written, action filled and a fairly realistic view of how the world could change in the future. I sure hope it doesn't go that way...but it IS a possibility I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 5/17/2013

    " If only every book was as spectacular as this one. Insignia is without a doubt one of the very best novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Please do yourself the ultimate favour of giving it a go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 4/10/2013

    " One word... AMAZING! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 nancy | 3/28/2013

    " Great read. Review to come "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 3/9/2013

    " This would make an awesome movie. The book was fun, action-packed and riveting. I will keep an eye out for the second book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia | 2/9/2013

    " It was ok. I got board in some parts. Most of them were when the main character was in class learning stuff. Although those parts were very boring I knew I needed to read them because something that connected to what they were talking about would come up later in the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Josu | 10/22/2012

    " I can't finish this book, sorry about the author, who has brilliant ideas, but the story is simple and the characters are completely normal, with nothing new to show. The story is tooooo slowly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akanksha | 8/21/2012

    " OH.MY.GOD...I want MORE...I am ADDICTED!!! "

About the Author

S. J. Kincaid originally wanted to be an astronaut, but a dearth of mathematical skills turned her interest to science fiction instead. Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize. Its sequels, Vortex and Catalyst, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist.

About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.