Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Insiginia: Review


Insignia expertly combines humor with a disarming and highly realistic view of the future. The characters are real, funny, and memorable. You won’t be able to put this book down.”— Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent and Insurgent

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...


Just about time. Today is the release day of Vortex, the sequel of Insignia.

Insignia is astonishingly good. After a couple of serious let-down, I don't expect much from Insignia. But this book... it's insane. I'm not an expert of sci-fi novels, but this one is mad cool. When the book first introduced neural processors, I was like "Wow, I didn't see that coming. Can I have one right now?". And all the tech stuff just blows me away. That is completely brilliant and I love this part of the story.

The second part is the humor. There were times where I busted out laughing so hard I got a lot of weird gazes at me. Well, people, you haven't experienced what I just read because the words are crazy clever and witty. Insignia has very strong characters. Rebellious, sharp, smart, funny, endearing... all kinds of characters and all are very real. I love the world that Kincaid created and the characters that I really like.

The only flaw about the book is the slightly slow start. The training part bugs me a little because sometimes I have to read twice in order to catch up (basically that's my problem, not the book's). But then, when things starts to get clear, I cannot put the book down. I'm struck awed by this book. I can't wait to read Vortex and I hope it will be just as clever and well-plotted as Insignia.

Rating: 7.5/10

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