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I am cursedI really am I have fallen trough a vortex of warped novels and am currently stuck in Limbo of unoriginality I will admit to something Lately I choose novels with very good ratings and little to no research thinking that sthan enough for me At least it should have been I am coming face to face with the realisation of how flawed that system of selection is It simply doesn t work A sky high rating doesn t guarantee good book Insignia wasn t bad, but it was unoriginal Th I am cursedI really am I have fallen trough a vortex of warped novels and am currently stuck in Limbo of unoriginality I will admit to something Lately I choose novels with very good ratings and little to no research thinking that sthan enough for me At least it should have been I am coming face to face with the realisation of how flawed that system of selection is It simply doesn t work A sky high rating doesn t guarantee good book Insignia wasn t bad, but it was unoriginal The concepts were borrowed from Ender s Game mostly, and then Harry Potter of all things It was weird It wanted to deliver a sobering reality of thrusting a child in an adults world but it failed It was supposed to portray this feeling of taking on the burdens of life but just wound up boring me to tears WorldWarIII wasn t all that impressive A bunch of machinery traipsing around the solar system, operated by a bunch of gamer kids, scoring points for big conglomerates down here on Earth The whole thing was about as interesting as a boardroom meeting Unlike Ender s Game where you had at least a potential of a threat and a violent history of loss of life, Insignia seems pointless A bunch of kids that got brainwashed to do a lot of work for basically nothing I fail to see why should I connect to Tom as a character He doesn t do anything worth mentioning, except go to school and have a job playing games In Ender s Game I could feel the responsibility on the shoulders of the kids I could feel the devastation of understanding that you are responsible for somebody s life, and that being unprepared and not giving your absolute best would mean admitting to yourself that you caused the deaths of so many In Insignia the war presents no threat, the battles present no gratification or true meaning Here s where Harry Potter comes into play After Tom gets to the Spire he forms a bond with his friends that tried to portray mischief and understanding of each others faults Like Harry, Ron and Hermione used to have Only Harry never changed He simply grew He was still a brilliant guy that respected true friendship and wouldn t hurt anyone for the sake of making himself look good At the beginning of Insignia, I felt for Tom Gambling father, always out of luck and without a roof over his head Unlike Harry, Tom changed A lot And not all of it was good After accepting everything the military had to offer Tom stopped being who he was His past faded away He grew, he became physically stronger, taller,intelligent, prettier Where Harry would teach you a lesson in riches, Tom stands for cruelty of winning by any means necessary The thing is you can get impressed by someone else s work But if you angle yourself to emulate the end result you wind up stifling your own creativity Insignia was not an original work, it was a shadow of many other pieces Because of that it will always be unfulfilling and rough around the edges Unlike Ender s Game, this game had no end to work for Had absolutely nothing to accomplish, leaving you with eventime to draw parallels between it and other novels I wouldn t recommend it I found it boring Original review posted over at KirkusTaken at face value, S.J Kincaid s Insignia is a competent, albeit derivative, science fiction novel about underdog teenager Tom Raines, who is given the chance to prove himself by joining a military program to become part of an elite team of teen virtual combatants during World War III World War III is a bloodless war spacecrafts are remotely controlled by virtual warriors in a fight between Corporations who have aligned themselves with either the Indo Am Original review posted over at KirkusTaken at face value, S.J Kincaid s Insignia is a competent, albeit derivative, science fiction novel about underdog teenager Tom Raines, who is given the chance to prove himself by joining a military program to become part of an elite team of teen virtual combatants during World War III World War III is a bloodless war spacecrafts are remotely controlled by virtual warriors in a fight between Corporations who have aligned themselves with either the Indo Americans or the Russo Chinese we know this via very clumsy info dumps disguised as school lessons There are obvious parallels with Harry Potter Kirkus official review dubbed it rather appropriately Hogwarts at the Pentagon due to the way the teens are organised in different houses inside the training facility , Ender s Game, and therecent Ready Player One Unfortunately for me, I can never take things at face value I always have to question and dig for deeper explanation and meaning Even though, superficially speaking, Insignia could be taken as a fun read, I found that once I peeled back its many layers, I was less than thrilled about it Take, for example, the protagonist Tom starts off the novel as a veritable underdog His problems are as many as they are genuine his father is unemployed and has a serious gambling problem, and his mother is absent He is homeless, uneducated, and physically speaking, he is sensitive about his short stature and facial acne Despite these setbacks, Tom happens to be a daredevil and a genius gamer, which puts him on the radar of U.S Intrasolar Forces Once Tom accepts the invitation to join their ranks and is given a neural processor upgrade meaning he now has a computer on his brain all of his problems magically disappear He has a home and friends, his brain is updated with all the information he instantly needs, he has a growth spurt and his acne problem goes away That poses a problem in terms of his character arc because now Tom 2.0 is nothing but an extremely special snowflake with his genius virtual abilities Once most of his internal conflict is magically solved, the only things left are the external ones which all come from his eviiiiil enemies another student, a professor, his stepfather, evil corporations, etc and this is really, really boring.This is the biggest problem with Insignia this is a novel about a serious subject like world war and yet its plot focuses on petty little things The fact that for most of the novel students spend their days engaging in games and playing around removes any sense of actual danger from the story It also doesn t help that it is nary impossible to take the Evil Corporations That Run The World or the U.S Intrasolar Forces seriously, especially when their intelligence work is so obviously flawed Just about any 14 year old can hack into their systems, Tom often engages in game play with his country s biggest enemy, Medusa whom he has a crush on , and nobody finds out until it is too late It is obvious that the fact that everybody seems to be connected to the same computer systems means nothing in this world Tom has had a computer implanted in his head by people who can effectively control his every movement and this is meant to be one of the main themes of this series but the potential of this storyline is squandered in multiple ways Imagine the possibilities of brain manipulation leading to an unreliable narrative Such a shame that Tom has his brain manipulated but this is done so overtly here that it effectively removed any tension whatsoever from that particular arc Finally, there is the extremely frustrating gender essentialism throughout the book Anything that is cowardly or bad is girly or pansy A boy makes fun of a girl s hands by calling them man hands When she finally finds a voice to get back at him, it is by calling his own hands girly There are things that men do and things that women do Not to mention the fact that the greatest warrior in the world is a girl, but whose Achilles heel turns out to be the fact that she is ugly and scarred The hero uses that fact to humiliate her publicly and win their fight This does say a lot about the hero, how vicious he is, and just how far he is willing to go to win actually, this is an awesome turn of events and paints a complicated moral picture What s not so awesome about this, however, is that this plan to bring her down via humiliation of her appearance actually works One can definitely see these as realistic portrayals of teenage guys But playing the realistic card in a book where there is a virtual World War III and teens have brain implants is a bit disingenuous It always frustrates me when in a creatively imagined world, gender roles are still played in such a traditional manner as though it is impossible to even imagine a different world Well, I can And that s why, in Book Smugglerish, Insignia gets an underwhelmed 4 out of 10 #FREE BOOK ⚸ Insignia É 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 invisibleThen 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 Insigniais the type of book that would have blown me away if I had been any younger While it is marketed as a Young Adult Novel, I d probably recommend it for mature middle grade students or young high schoolers I definitely don t see anything wrong in reading it as an older teen, like me, but it simply doesn t have the desired punch on a much older audience.Tom lives in a futuristic world, not too far ahead from our very own, where World War III is fought solely in space without losing anyInsigniais the type of book that would have blown me away if I had been any younger While it is marketed as a Young Adult Novel, I d probably recommend it for mature middle grade students or young high schoolers I definitely don t see anything wrong in reading it as an older teen, like me, but it simply doesn t have the desired punch on a much older audience.Tom lives in a futuristic world, not too far ahead from our very own, where World War III is fought solely in space without losing any lives Yet, for Tom, war is the last thing on his mind as he struggles to make ends meet with his gambling father who constantly keeps moving him However, when Tom s gaming prowess, which keeps him clothed, is discovered by the government, they recruit him to join the Pentagonal Spire where he is implanted with a neural chip that instantly makes him smarter than the average human being At the Spire, Tom essentially trains to become a combatant soldier yet, as he will soon learn, it isn t the game of battle he needs to learn quickest, it s the game of corporate politics, friendship, and corruption I have to admit, that while I don t exactly recommend this novel for people my age and older, I still really liked it Kincaid obviously has done a lot of research on futuristic technology, corporate politics, and the military and his passion for the subject shows through his writing I loved the futuristic world he managed to create as it was both realistic and interesting Plus, some of the gadgets and creativity with the technology absolutely astounded me Further, for being such a long novel, it was extremely entertaining, well paced, and contained the age old themes of friendship and loyalty which was a nice change from romance I always like seeing a group of people grow to become a group of friends and dispel their previous qualms with one another, and the bonds of friendship inInsigniawere no different.Yet, I was unable to truly fall in love withInsigniaFor one, the novel contains some extraneous scenes which, while amusing, really do nothing for the plot and can be completely cut out or at least reduced In addition, Tom, the MC, is much like a dystopian futuristic Eugenides lite While he is intelligent, snarky, and clever, his antics become predictable after a point and fail to continue surprising the reader Plus, the supposedly deep and provocative family relationships Kincaid tried to build didn t really come through for me and I felt as if the story would have been better if they were just skipped Moreover, the miniscule amount of romance in this story was rather underdeveloped in my opinion I suppose for a middle grade novel it was good, but from an older perspective, I wantedinteraction Yet, I have to admit it was unique and very interesting.Honestly, don t let my review deter youInsigniais a brilliant piece of science fiction with scintillating characters and an extremely interesting plot built around corporate and governmental politics I really enjoyed reading about this world Kincaid had created and would whole heartedly recommend this to younger readers While I d love to see older readers read this one too, I feel as if their interest and wow factor would wane after a couple hundred pages but, don t take my word for it, check it out yourself You can read this review andon my blog, Ivy Book Bindings Tom s never really had the chance to make friends, to live a life of routine or attend a proper school He and his father are constantly on the move, town after town, feeding his father s gambling addiction Waiting for that big break that will set them up for good The break that never comes But then Tom s incredible gaming talent is noticed by the military, who manage to track him down and offer a once in a life time opportunity The chance to train at the exclusive Pentagonal Spire to beco Tom s never really had the chance to make friends, to live a life of routine or attend a proper school He and his father are constantly on the move, town after town, feeding his father s gambling addiction Waiting for that big break that will set them up for good The break that never comes But then Tom s incredible gaming talent is noticed by the military, who manage to track him down and offer a once in a life time opportunity The chance to train at the exclusive Pentagonal Spire to become a future combatant, a soldier in World War Three A war like none before it, fought by teenagers through virtual simulation, with real life effects Kincaid has clearly put a lot of thought and effort into crafting this world and making it feel 100% completely believable given our current scientific and political status While it all could be information overload for the reader, she manages to lay it all out for us to easily follow along and become just as swept up in this fascinating way of life as Tom does The technology is seriously so freaking COOL It s been years since I ve played a video game, but Insignia It made me want to find the nearest port, grab a virtual sword and jump into the fray VR simulations allow students to plug into a port through a handy chip implanted in their brains and literally find themselves in a 3D gaming landscape, all as part of their training for the simulations that actually play a part in the future of our world Fly a spaceship to Mars Battle in the Trojan War Find yourself in a woman s body er avatar when you re actually a guy in reality OH MY GOD I JUST REMEMBERED A SCENE Pause review while I giggle Giggle someAnd a littleOkay, we re good to continue Psh Easy as plug and play With such a creative tool in providing a varied landscape, Kincaid never fails to make her action scenes exciting, fresh and exhilarating And the technology is not just limited to gaming simulations the ways in which Kincaid has adapted it into their everyday lives will tickle your awesome o meter.Tom is a brilliant main character He s not perfect He s far from being a genius, but he s smart in a different kind of way Thanks to years spent having to fend for both himself and his father, hustling the unwary out of their money, he s developed a talent in observing He picks up on things that others don t Tom knows how to play the game and loves every minute on it, thriving on the action and desire for victory, to be seen, to be known, to be important for once in his lifeHe can be a sneaky little bastard at times and I love him all thefor it He has his moments of sweetness, moments of zero tact and sometimes there s a downright devilish glee in his eyes Tom Vik bad, BUT OH SO GOOD , but his heart is truly in the right place From the loner kid who considered himself a loser, to a boy who shone in a beautifully rebellious light, Tom has definitely made it onto my Favourite Character List.Insignia is nothing like Harry Potter in plot, but what it does share is that essence of friendship, wit and sense of growing up Behind the awesome technology and corrupt politics, this book has spirit, thanks to its outstanding characters Tom, Vik, Wyatt and Yuri are all so different, a band of misfits who slowly come together to form fiction s newest Awesome Foursome I LOVE THESE GUYS and girl so much I kid you not, they had me CRYING tears of laughter at times And the best part was, some of those weren t even intentional on the characters part, they were just total screw up moments that blossomed into some of my most memorable scenes of the book Tom and Vik are like Harry and Ron 2.0 with a healthy dosage of Weasley twin mischief If they don t have you cheering, Doctors of Doom by the end of the book, then you have no sense of humour I am beyond excited to continue reading this series to watch as all their friendships strengthen, alive with insults and banter, arguments, respect and secrets There wasn t one thing alone that I made me love this book, it was a multitude of AWESOME, all blended together to form one of my new favourite reads The action and imagination, war and cleverness, comedy and personality it will appeal to boys and girls, reluctant readers and those with too many books on their to be read pile It has something to suck everyone in If you re tired of the same old stories, if you want something new and innovative, a book that POPS out amongst others in it s genre, a book that will make you think as much as it has you snorting laughter, or sitting wide eyed and attentive, then INSIGNIA is for YOU And you And yes, YOU YOU YOU Go Order it Now Okay so here s the deal I went into reading this book knowing very little about it After a small nudge from Molly O Neill and a fun conversation with S.J Kincaid at BEA 2012, it quickly made its way to the top of my to be read list This book is well written, with a plot that sucks you in, and characters that are easy to love I ve already told my mom who is a middle school librarian that she will need countless copies of Insignia for her library The boys are going to eat this one up But Okay so here s the deal I went into reading this book knowing very little about it After a small nudge from Molly O Neill and a fun conversation with S.J Kincaid at BEA 2012, it quickly made its way to the top of my to be read list This book is well written, with a plot that sucks you in, and characters that are easy to love I ve already told my mom who is a middle school librarian that she will need countless copies of Insignia for her library The boys are going to eat this one up But who else will want to read this That answer is relatively simple Everyone If you love sci fi or dystopian this one is for you If you have a teenage boy, know a teenage boy, are a teenage boy, used to be a teenage boy, or think like a teenage boy this one is for you If you re into video games, virtual reality, and some awesome action scenes this one is for you If you love well written YA books that make you smile, giggle, and even bite your nails with nervousness this one is for you If all you want out of a book is swoon, this one may not be what you re looking for Tom is 14 Actually, most of the main characters are around that age He is hilarious, and so real, but swoony he is not He has all the potential in the world to produce buckets of swoon one day, but that s not where his story is at right now With that said, if you re only looking for swoon I m going to beg you to put that aside for a minute and pick up this book, I don t think you ll be disappointed As a person who is a self proclaimed sci fi hater and swoony boy lover, I am beyond thrilled that I took a chance on this one You won t regret it either I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. For a book I actually ended up liking, I can t believe how many times I bashed my head against my desk while reading Insignia I m sorry, but the premise here is borderline nonsensical and just self contradictory, and even worse is the way it s just shoved down my throat via these lectures and speeches by these military experts and top brass I m usually good too if the book at least follows some sort of internal logic, but the first half of this one just pissed me off so bad If it wasn t for For a book I actually ended up liking, I can t believe how many times I bashed my head against my desk while reading Insignia I m sorry, but the premise here is borderline nonsensical and just self contradictory, and even worse is the way it s just shoved down my throat via these lectures and speeches by these military experts and top brass I m usually good too if the book at least follows some sort of internal logic, but the first half of this one just pissed me off so bad If it wasn t for the really well done implanted computer aspect, I don t think I could ve finished this.Even as I m writing this review, I can t believe how all over the place the backstory is In the future, apparently these twelve major corporations hold all the power and countries areof a formality And the corporations support each other on Earth to protect their profits thanks to their monopolies on food and water, but in the scramble for resources in outer space, they ve split right down the middle, six on one side and six on the other, in sort of a World War 3 in space deal Sounds cool, right Maybe, if Kincaid had stopped there, but she just had to shoot herself in the foot by going in depth and making the whole thing sound really implausible it all reads like an explanation for kindergarteners, especially the way I just felt like I was being lectured by idiots I mean, the twelve corporations have all the power, they protect their profits by looking out for each other, but the whole conflict s because one of them got a grant for some mineral rights from China and another got a grant to the same mineral rights from the US Huh What happened to protecting profits and countries being puppets to these money grubbing corporations And then there s all this talk of escalation, how human lives aren t worth shit because the corporations can just neutron bomb anyone they don t like and take all their infrastructure intact, and at this point I mconfused than ever why the two sides don t just duke it out on Earth What happened to escalation Why waste resources on a space stalemate when you can go for the jugular on Earth So, I m hoping beyond hope that maybe it s all a complicated scheme or whatever by the corporations, maybe a way to distract the general populace bread and circuses style Or maybe something like the big reveal in Ender s Game But nope, yeah, it really is actually a real shooting war going on in outer space while the combatants on Earth are happily gaming away, removed from any danger The entire thing just feels like war games and video games without anything being at stake, why pretend otherwise I just wish the premise was better thought out.Which is a shame, because I really like reading about Tom dealing with having a computer implanted in his head There s this really good subplot with Tom being manipulated by his mother s boyfriend, getting personality changing software slipped into his brain, and that part of the story s actually a pretty good look at the implications of humans being wired Tom s character, being the kid who s really done nothing but wants to be somebody important, really fits into that plot There are some good virtual reality scenes to go along with it plus some pretty good questions about the morality of the whole thing too.I really want to like Insignia , but too much of this book s just wasted on bad world building leading to a climax that I just didn t care for If this had been just about Tom and the implanted computer, maybe training in case of war breaking out, I d have no problems with this book But the premise just kills it Quick reaction This book is so funny it will make you laugh until you start to cry Then you ll actually cry because this story is so raw, so complete, so fantastically satisfying that you ll marvel at how, yes, such brilliance finally, finally got published I am in love with this book Head over heels sort of love If you love Divergent by Veronica Roth which should be everyone of you out there reading this , you will be completely blown away by this book Pre order it Now D STARRE Quick reaction This book is so funny it will make you laugh until you start to cry Then you ll actually cry because this story is so raw, so complete, so fantastically satisfying that you ll marvel at how, yes, such brilliance finally, finally got published I am in love with this book Head over heels sort of love If you love Divergent by Veronica Roth which should be everyone of you out there reading this , you will be completely blown away by this book Pre order it Now D STARRED REVIEW Actual, full review Original will be posted on my blog on 6 14 2012 Note Due to copy and paste, formatting and links have been lost Insignia is insane It is beautifully simplistic and complicatedly evocative Crushingly despairing and hilariously witty Intelligently phrased and bluntly honest.I am completely, head over heels in love with it.This book was not what I expected at all in fact, I didn t expect anything And the power this books holds is incredible it is so subtle that you will not feel the choking grip the story and its characters have you until some thing called reality shocks you out of your numbing shell The story isn t even just completely frightening in its very realistic interpretation of our future, but that it s also so funny I laughed out loud so many times that it wasn t even embarrassing any since everyone was used to it though I did get a few weird looks still.Kincaid has delivered a tale that rocked books off of my favorites shelf like a hurricane In other words This book is dominating my love right now And I can t even pinpoint what it is I loved about the book so much Everything It s just so not fair to pick one amazing aspect and laud it, you know That would be like staring at the rainbow and calling one particle the best of them all Inefficiently vague and insufficiently degrading.I can t say much about this book too much and I will spill out a heap of feelings no one cares for, and too little so I would be incapable of expressing my love fully I never say this, but if you loved Divergent, you will love Insignia so hard it ll hurt like plunging into the most dazzling lake from a hundred feet cliff Take my advice and snatch this book It s the most amazing blend of humor and anguish, authenticity and dystopia, evasiveness and blunting that I have ever read And you know I wouldn t ever lie to you about something like that 1 DEC 2016 1.99 on Kindle 1 DEC 2016 1.99 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