Friday, August 23, 2013

Insignia by S. J. Kincaid [Review]

Insignia (Insignia, #1)3 out of 5 Robots!

Insignia by S. J. Kincaid
Series: Insignia #1
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release: July 10, 2012
Hardcover: 446 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
The earth is in the middle of WWIII in Insignia, the first entry in S.J. Kincaid’s fast-paced sci-fi adventure trilogy. The planet’s natural resources are almost gone, and the war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning.

The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn’t seem like a hero. He’s a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.

As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom’s life completely changes. Suddenly, he’s someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there’s a price to pay...
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
It's not you, Insignia, it's me.  I feel like I am maybe just the wrong audience, but I just couldn't connect with the story at all.  And it wasn't necessarily because this was a bad book.  It was well written and had an interesting (if unbelievable) story line. It is fast paced and very readable. I liked that it was a male POV, which is few and far between in YA.  If I was a 12 year old boy, I would have loved it.  But like I mentioned, I just didn't connect.  By the end of the  book, I just didn't really care very much what happened.  I think my main complaint is that it lacked emotional resonance.  I felt it was written for a younger crowd and it shows in the character's reactions to the events around them.  Sometimes I felt like I was skimming on the surface.  I also got bogged down in the gaming particulars.  I'm not a gamer so I didn't really find any of it very interesting.   But again, this is more of my personal reaction.  I think there are a lot of people who would really enjoy this book.  If it sounds interesting to you, I would definitely give it a go!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Insignia
2. Vortex

1 comment :

  1. Eesh. Sorry to hear this wasn't for you! I was really curious about it ... but I just have no idea when I'd have time to read it.



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