Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
by S.J. Kincaid
The earth is in the middle of WWIII in Insignia, the first entry in S. J. Kincaid's fast-paced sci-fi adventure trilogy perfect for fans of Ender's Game.
The planet's natural resources are almost gone, and 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. . . .
Insignia is one of the best boy books ever! My son has read it a dozen times, and even did a creative writing classroom assignment based on its plot. Of all the standard MG fare--including Rick Riordan, John Flanagan, and Jeff Kinney--this is hands down his favorite book.
He tried for quite a while to get me to read it, but my workload and TBR pile were too much. Then I got sick, and he saw that as a perfect opportunity. Determined that I read "the best book ever," he sat next to my bed and read to me . . . for hours. Needless to say, the book did not leave the room with him. I was hooked.
If you have not read this series yet, you need to. I highly recommend it!
Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. For a full selection of MMGM posts, visit her website HERE.