Wednesday, July 3, 2013
In S. J. Kincaid’s fast-paced and humorous sci-fi Insignia trilogy, the earth is in the middle of World War III when teen gamer Tom Raines is recruited to train with other young cadets as a pivotal member of the elite combat corps, the Intrasolar Forces. At the Pentagonal Spire’s training academy, he makes the best friends of his life—fellow government weapons-in-training Wyatt Enslow, Vik Ashwan, and Yuri Sysevich.
In this 47-page prequel novella to the series, budding genius Wyatt Enslow—intensely loyal and hyperintelligent if occasionally, hilariously, socially awkward—takes center stage as S. J. Kincaid reveals Wyatt’s life before she found her place, and her own inner strength, among her devoted band of friends at the Spire.
Praise for Insignia: "The characters are real, funny, and memorable. You won’t be able to put this book down."—Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of Divergent
Allies features Wyatt Enslow, the socially-awkward girl we know in Insignia. In this short novella, we get to know more about the Wyatt before being recruited and her life at the Spire. We also get to know how she was treated before and in the Spire and how she become friends with Wik and Yuri.
Besides the social-weirdness and straight-forward honesty, Wyatt remains a mystery to me... until Allies. She's one of my favorite characters in Insignia, and getting to know more about this female character is rather interesting. We also get to know more about the dark sides of the Spire and the salvation for Wyatt, which is Vik and Yuri. There are also some scenes between Wyatt and Tom that you read in Insignia in Wyatt's point of view. I can't help but smile at those scenes because reading those scenes in Wyatt's perspective is refreshing.
Allies may not be a must-read novella, but it sure is fun to read.