The moral of the story is: DON'T LET ANYONE PUT A FREAKING COMPUTER IN YOUR BRAIN.
There. I had to get that off my chest.
This is not my kind of book, but I really liked it.
I don't play video games and I'm not interested in technology or politics. Insignia is full of all these things (and much more).
I struggled in the beginning of the book. I liked the main character, but I wasn't sure how to picture the video games he was playing. It reminded me of Ender's Game, which I hated (I know...crucify me). But, it ended up being a million times better than Ender's Game.
As I read more I began to easily picture what was happening and I became accustomed to the cool "tech" talk. I actually started feeling cool myself, but then I remembered I wasn't. (This is the part where you feel sorry for me and think of really neat-o ways to describe how cool I am in the comments section.)
I loved the characters. I like books that give me more than one or two characters to be friends with. And even a few to be enemies with.
I liked that Insignia had me guessing. Who is Medusa? What the hell is wrong with Blackburn? Is someone a spy or not? Does Wyatt like Tom or Yuri?
I didn't like the idea of having a computer thingy stuck in a person's brain. But, it was kinda interesting to see the characters giving each other viruses (get your mind outta the gutter!).
I really, really liked the main character Tom and his friend Vik. They made me lol ("laugh out loud" for you older folks) multiple times. They were realistic teenage boy characters.
I think my favorite part of the book is when Tom had to have his brain scanned through all his memories and Blackburn could see them playing out on a screen. What does Tom think about? What every teenage boy thinks about: his sculpted abs blazing as his female classmate's clothes fall off and they run to him for protection. I was like, "Damn! S.J. Kincaid stole my teenage mind."
Let's all agree that if the technology to do that ever shows up, we destroy it. Agreed?
I'm giving Insignia by S.J. Kincaid 4 out of 5 viruses.
And with that, it's good to be back.
P.S. When I left this city six months ago, there was no Chipotle. There is now a Chipotle. This may or may not have had something to do with my willingness to move here.