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About the Author: S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Staff thoughts: I absolutely loved Insignia! I loved the humor; I loved the friendships; I loved the simulations. (And you know a book is good when your son asks you if the book is more important than he is and you hesitate, just for a second. . . .) This is a rollicking, thought-provoking thrill ride like I've never seen before. Neither my son nor I could put it down. -Cathy Book: More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible. Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him? Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology. What: S.J. Kincaid will discuss and sign Insignia, her debut novel. When: Thursday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. Where: Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079 Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet S.J. Kincaid for book personalization, please purchase Insignia from Blue Willow Bookshop. A limited number of autographed copies of Shelley’s books will be available for purchase after the event. If you cannot attend the event, but would like a personalized copy of the book, please call us before the event at (281) 497-8675. PRAISE FOR Insignia "Insignia expertly combines humor with a disarming and highly realistic view of the future. The characters are real, funny, and memorable. You won't be able to put this book down." - Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of DIVERGENT and INSURGENT "Hip, high-tech, and hilarious, Insignia made my heart soar and left me with impossible-to-shake questions about technology, reality, and war."-Rae Carson, author of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS - Rae Carson "An unlikely teen is selected to attend Hogwarts-at-the-Pentagon. With action, real humor and a likable, complex protagonist, this fast-moving, satisfying adventure also provides some food for thought." - Kirkus Reviews "Kincaid's debut novel, an ambitious, high-concept mélange of the teen hacker and teen spy genres provides a fast-paced and exciting tale." - Publishers Weekly "Fast-paced battles in a variety of worlds will excite gamers of all ages. Insignia will make a popular series for readers who enjoy adventures, science-fiction, and espionage." - Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Location: Street: 14532 Memorial Dr City: Houston, Province: Texas Postal Code: 77079 Country: United States (tillagd från IndieBound)… (mer)