Sunday Book Club: Insignia – SJ Kincaid


Here we are again for another Sunday Book Club. 

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For this Sunday’s book club, we are looking at a   book I found in one of my local supermarket where they sell books at cheap prices and I just randomly chose it. I’d previously bought a book from the same place; The Rig by Joe Duice and I thought “Hey why not?” I chose this book over another one because well, because the cover was red. Thats all there is to my choice on that matter. It’s superficial, I know.

Insignia written by SJ Kincaid is a sci-fi adventure book targeted at a YA audience. The book is based in the future and has a dystopian feel to it, I’m not sure how far into the future but far enough. Within the book Tom Raines, the protagonist – sort of -, gets enlisted as a teen solider in world war III. The wars that we fight are no longer physical but are fought electronically up in space as each coalition alliance fights for resources and lays claim to areas of space. Once Tom becomes enlisted he realises that becoming a combatant, a teen solider, isnt all fun and games involving virtual reality prowess. Tom’s need to question and defy those around him makes him realise that deep rooted and twisted politics are the foundation of the life he lives and it is masked in the glory of war.

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Tom Raines is a layered character. There are elements that render him heroic and other traits that make you want to smack his head of a nearby wall. Although he can be infurianting his mishaps and flaws lead to a good plot development. I found Insignia to be a good read although it took me a while to really nestle myself into the story and want to read further. Insignia mixes political distrust with virtual reality technology and a splash of coming-of-age stuff. 

Although if it weren’t for the explicit – ITS IN THE FUTURE PART I could easily see this taking place in modern day society, Overall it was a decent book. Not the best book I’ve ever read or the worst either as it took me a while to get nestled into the story. There were a few pages I had to re-read a few times to get my head around and, I think that was simply down to the technological prose that threw me a bit.

Insignia has an average Goodreads rating of 4.16 out of 5 based on 10,849 reviews.

“Come on, Beamer! I beheaded you for your own good.”

Rating: 3.5/5

One word review: decent

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