This is the world of Insignia. It is hard to believe this is S.J. Kincaid's first novel. The world of Insignia could be complicated; countries still exist but corporations hold the power, new alliances have been formed between countries and companies, technology- neuro processing chips and computer programming language are common. However, Kincaid makes the reader's transition into this world seamless. Never did this future society feel artificial or forced. The world of Insignia feels close enough to touch.
Tom Raines is average, maybe a little below average, teenager. The only thing he has going for him is that he can play virtual reality games like no other. The reader forms an instant attachment to Tom. A down on his luck kid like Tom needs to catch a break- question is what will it cost him?
Each character in Insignia is easy to relate to and to understand. Each one carries their own flaws and imperfections . You can understand their motivations even if you don't necessarily agree with them.
This is a thrill-ride like no other. For fans of dystopian and science fiction will be enveloped by the fast-paced unpredictable plot lines, action sequences, and smart dialogue.
I couldn't put this book down and read well into the night. It reminded me of an update version of War Games- love it! I am highly recommending this book to friends and fellow readers ya to adult.
Action keeps the story moving.