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  • Insignia

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By S. J. Kincaid
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    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.

    Wendy says: "YA Novel with Adult Appeal"
    "Great Characters, Great Narration, Excellent Debut"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Insignia again? Why?

    I don't typically listen to audiobooks more than once, but I would consider it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insignia?

    When Tom realizes the nature of the "incursion," what his capabilities are, and just who he is about to meet there for the first time.


    Which character – as performed by Lincoln Hoppe – was your favorite?

    Vik.


    Any additional comments?

    Why is it that lately, it seems the best sci-fi stories are showing up in the YA category? Maybe I'm just a kid at heart, and something about the struggle to find your place in the world and prove yourself still appeals to me more than reading about characters who already have it all figured out.

    Insignia is a smart, funny, imaginative read. It takes place in a quasi-believable future, but I mean that in the best possible sense. Though the technology and the theory of war that drive the story seems far-fetched, suspension of disbelief is easy to reach, and from there on out the story is compelling in the universe where it exists.

    As with all of the most enjoyable books, it is the fact that Kincaid takes the time to flesh out her characters and make them real, relatable, and interesting that really rivet you to the narrative. The cast of principle characters is fantastic, including some of the villains. I look forward to seeing how they all grow and develop over the coming books.

    This year I've been reading a lot of debut novelists, and based on the quality of work I'm seeing, I couldn't be more excited about the future of science fiction. It's a great time to be a fan.

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