Mon, July 9, 2012

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid Review

 Insignia book cover

Insignia book cover

Insignia
By S.J. Kincaid
Publication date: July 10, 2012
Katherine Tegen Books, 444 pages
Source: Party favor from the publisher!

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.

— Goodreads.com description

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid is so NOT an Anna book on the surface.

I mean: War? Male POV? Video games? Normally, I’d be all, “Hello? Where are the beaches? And why are these people not going out on more dates?”

But, oh my word, I loved it. I mean, the stayed-up-till-midnight-on-a-work-night-to-finish-it kind of loved it.

And I’m going to have a hard time reviewing this without spoiling you because I so want to be like: “Can you believe xyz!? Did you see that one thing coming!?” But I’ll refrain.

Just know that this book is exciting, action-filled and, dang, SO FUNNY! It’s been optioned to be made into a movie, and I can definitely see that happening. In fact, Sash and I have already spent a SIGNIFICANT amount of time emailing all about it, so giddy were we with our Insignia love.

The characters are mostly 14-year-old boys, and the voice here is spot-on to that age group. But, never fear, it’s a series, and you can just tell they’re going to grow as things progress. Ahh, I’m so in love with this crazy cast of characters that I cannot wait to watch (read?) it all go down!

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: male POV, science fiction
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  1. April Books & Wine said:

    YES! So funny, especially Vik the spicy Indian lolololol.

    I’d totally go see the movie version and by go see, I mean do what I always do and wait til it comes out on DVD and just rent it.

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  2. Tara said:

    I started reading the synopsis and thought, “Anna is reading a “boy” book? What is happening?!?!” So I know if you enjoyed this one, it’s definitely amazing 🙂

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  3. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    Oh, HI ANNA. You and Sash are really pushing me out of my comfort zone here and seriously are making Insignia sound all kinds of good. It’s glaring at me from my bookshelf.

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    Anna Reply:

    DO IT DO IT DO IT

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  4. Tara @ Hobbitsies said:

    YES I really loved this one too! And I thought the voice was perfectly done. I loved all the stuff with Tom and Vik teasing Yuri and the girl (WAH I FORGOT HER NAME). Anyway, loved it!

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  5. elena said:

    I’ve only heard really good things about this book! Loved that it pulled you out of your comfort zone and you ended up being really into it anyway.

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  6. Lisa said:

    YAYAYAY.
    this book is SO me.

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  7. Ashley said:

    I’m SO GLAD you loved this book! I’m dying to read it. I’m buying the book and meeting the author tomorrow! Hurray! Totally can’t wait to dig into this. It’s right up my alley.

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  8. srjohannes said:

    anna – I heard this was awesome!

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  9. Sorcha said:

    It’s always so exciting when someone is so enuthusiastic about a book and I’ve read a couple like this for Insignia. Definitely need to check it out at some point!

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  10. Lori said:

    My review for this goes up today and OMG I loved it! It’s waaaay outside my comfort zone, but I’m so happy that I read it. Great review!

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  11. Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best said:

    I’ve been hearing that this is a really good book so now I really need to go out and get it. Yeah, it sounds like something my brother would enjoy more than I would but I’m going to be reading it, no matter what!

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  12. Allison reviews Insignia by S.J. Kincaid said:

    […] Anna Reads: “Just know that this book is exciting, action-filled and, dang, SO FUNNY!” […]

    Posted on: Mon, July 9, 2012

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