Insignia (Insignia, #1)

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Insignia is set in the future where World War III is ongoing. However, unlike the previous wars, this is one is set outside of Earth and fought by machines, eliminating risking innocent lives.

Reading a  book wherein the point of view is from a perspective of a teenage boy is kind of new to me. Most of the books I’ve read are from the point of view of a female or there are two points of view. I actually enjoyed it and I found it refreshing. Tom Raines is actually very funny. I never thought of him as annoying. Sometimes, I really get annoyed of the main character.

Insignia is actually very well-written. The plot was actually extremely good. There’s something more to every character than what I initially thought. There are lots of actions and virtual gaming. This book is beyond interesting! The best thing about this book is that this is not romance-driven unlike other dystopian young adult books. The story focuses on the character and how he manages his new life. There’s some romance there but it’s not heavy. I would like to look at it as friendship more than romance.

I don’t know why though but I didn’t fall in love with this book. It excited me and made me want to read more but I can’t give it higher than three stars. Maybe this book is for younger readers.





Golden by Jessi Kirby

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How many people have gotten older and forgotten about the things they hoped for and dreamed about when they were young? Or given up without ever taking a chance, or settled in life because it’s easier, or they’re scared, or whatever other excuses? How many people need a reminder of who they once were?

Parker Frost will soon graduate high school and she would graduate without every doing anything risky. Valedictorian of her class and up for a scholarship from the Cruz-Farnetti scholarship, she’s supposed to spend her remaining days as senior composing the speech that will make her win the the scholarship – ticket to the standford, premed and the life she thought she wanted.

But then, she finds Julianna Farnetti’s journal. Shane Cruz and Julianna Farnetti is the golden couple… until a stormy night where they plunged into a river…and gone forever without even a body to bury. After then, their families opened a scholarship program to help teenagers with their future, a life Shane and Julianna weren’t given a chance to.

But Julianna’s journal somehow tells a different kind of story than being the ‘golden’ couple. With the secret Julianna keeps before the accident, Parker knows there’s more to the story. With that, she was ready to do a risky thing and set out to an adventure with her best friend, Kat, and her long time crush, Trevor.

Golden, for me, is one of those typical coming of age story. Typical goody-two-shoes girl but then fate comes along and she starts to “live her life” and have fun. This book extremely reminded me of John Green’s Paper Towns – finding clues and then a road trip and a certain mystery. The romance is also typica. Parker always had  feelings for Trevor but never really acted upon it until her “risky” adventures.

Yes, the book is typical but it is still very enjoyable. I happen to love these kinds of books in spite of me expecting something more. I still found myself immersed into the book and involved with the characters. The book even got me thinking about my life choices and what I want to do with my “one wind and precious life”. And I guess that’s one of the things I like about a book- it makes you feel and it makes you think. The characters are very relatable. I think most of us were in that point when we have the rest of our life ahead of us and we are facing a decision that may change it forever. We are on that point where we dread that maybe some time in the future, we may look back at this moment and feel regrets and not gratitude. That’s exactly what Parker is going through.

Overall, I think it’s a good read. It’s not a “scream while reading” and “put-down-the-book-and cry” kind of a good book but a calming feeling kind of book.