Monday, October 17, 2016

MMGM - Insignia

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.


Jenni said...

The fact that your son loves this is high praise. This sounds like an intriguing story. I see the connections with Ender's Game. I think my boys would love this too--and I might have to check it out myself.

Joanne Roberts said...

Awesome. I will definitely recommend this to my kids. Thanks.

Rosi said...

Having your son read this to you while captive in your bed is high praise. I will have to check this out Thanks for the review.

Alexia561 said...

Very cool that your son loved this book so much that he read it to you while you were sick! High praise indeed!

Kim Aippersbach said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if our sons' awesome video-gaming skills that they spend so much time perfecting really did turn out to save the universe one day?! Sounds like this book is wish-fullfilment on many levels, and what's more fun than that? (My son is just a couple of years too old for this, which is too bad, because it probably would have been one of the few books he enjoyed.)

Iron Guy Carl said...

Wow! I didn't know anything about this. Must take a look.

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