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In S. J. Kincaid’s fast-paced and humorous sci-fi Insignia trilogy, the earth is in the middle of World War III when teen gamer Tom Raines is recruited to train with other young cadets as a pivotal member of the elite combat corps, the Intrasolar Forces. At the Pentagonal Spire’s training academy, he makes the best friends of his life—fellow government weapons-in-training In S. J. Kincaid’s fast-paced and humorous sci-fi Insignia trilogy, the earth is in the middle of World War III when teen gamer Tom Raines is recruited to train with other young cadets as a pivotal member of the elite combat corps, the Intrasolar Forces. At the Pentagonal Spire’s training academy, he makes the best friends of his life—fellow government weapons-in-training Wyatt Enslow, Vik Ashwan, and Yuri Sysevich. In this 47-page prequel novella to the series, budding genius Wyatt Enslow—intensely loyal and hyperintelligent if occasionally, hilariously, socially awkward—takes center stage as S. J. Kincaid reveals Wyatt’s life before she found her place, and her own inner strength, among her devoted band of friends at the Spire.


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In S. J. Kincaid’s fast-paced and humorous sci-fi Insignia trilogy, the earth is in the middle of World War III when teen gamer Tom Raines is recruited to train with other young cadets as a pivotal member of the elite combat corps, the Intrasolar Forces. At the Pentagonal Spire’s training academy, he makes the best friends of his life—fellow government weapons-in-training In S. J. Kincaid’s fast-paced and humorous sci-fi Insignia trilogy, the earth is in the middle of World War III when teen gamer Tom Raines is recruited to train with other young cadets as a pivotal member of the elite combat corps, the Intrasolar Forces. At the Pentagonal Spire’s training academy, he makes the best friends of his life—fellow government weapons-in-training Wyatt Enslow, Vik Ashwan, and Yuri Sysevich. In this 47-page prequel novella to the series, budding genius Wyatt Enslow—intensely loyal and hyperintelligent if occasionally, hilariously, socially awkward—takes center stage as S. J. Kincaid reveals Wyatt’s life before she found her place, and her own inner strength, among her devoted band of friends at the Spire.

30 review for Allies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    4.5* This novella is from Wyatt the main character's friend. This was funny just like the normal books, but it was too short. Some cool new scenes. When the neural processor was installed into Wyatt brain it changed her and gave her the desire to be social. So she's dealing with those new emotions of wanting friends when before she was fine with being alone. I really wanted some bonus content with Tom (the normal main character), but all those scenes were repeated from the first book just told fro 4.5* This novella is from Wyatt the main character's friend. This was funny just like the normal books, but it was too short. Some cool new scenes. When the neural processor was installed into Wyatt brain it changed her and gave her the desire to be social. So she's dealing with those new emotions of wanting friends when before she was fine with being alone. I really wanted some bonus content with Tom (the normal main character), but all those scenes were repeated from the first book just told from Wyatt's perspective. That was pretty disappointing. Tom and Wyatt (They are in a VR battle simulation.) He said nothing, and her eyes skittered back to his face. He was staring with openmouthed amazement and joy at his avatar’s breasts. To Wyatt’s disbelief, he began to examine them hands-on, right there in front of her. She felt compelled to clear her throat, and remind him she was actually still in the room with him. “You aren’t just planning to sit there groping yourself in front of me, are you?” she asked him. “It’s kind of rude.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    david y biblioflick

    Wyatt is one of my favorite characters in Insignia and it showed the events before and during Insignia in her POV. So before Tom came, the prodigy Wyatt is just new and is trying to fit in. So Wyatt first "friend" is Heather, who only wanted to use her knowledge to add some achievements into her info, like we learned on Insignia. That cause Wyatt not to trust anyone. Until Yuri, Vik and Tom came that change her and become her first friends. This one of the great novellas, I've ever read. And I en Wyatt is one of my favorite characters in Insignia and it showed the events before and during Insignia in her POV. So before Tom came, the prodigy Wyatt is just new and is trying to fit in. So Wyatt first "friend" is Heather, who only wanted to use her knowledge to add some achievements into her info, like we learned on Insignia. That cause Wyatt not to trust anyone. Until Yuri, Vik and Tom came that change her and become her first friends. This one of the great novellas, I've ever read. And I enjoyed reading it. Hoping to see more of hacker-Wyatt in Vortex and Catalyst.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mikala Deck

    I'm so glad we have more insight into Wyatt! Again, I'm also so glad there are more authors writing in characters who have autistic-like struggles. It's so relevant and it's so sweet to see authors write in characters who try and understand the social struggles of people on the spectrum instead of treating them like garbage because they don't understand. I love this, and I love Wyatt and I love the normalcy of the whole thing. We're all just trying to love and be loved in this crazy world, and i I'm so glad we have more insight into Wyatt! Again, I'm also so glad there are more authors writing in characters who have autistic-like struggles. It's so relevant and it's so sweet to see authors write in characters who try and understand the social struggles of people on the spectrum instead of treating them like garbage because they don't understand. I love this, and I love Wyatt and I love the normalcy of the whole thing. We're all just trying to love and be loved in this crazy world, and it's sweet to see that in a book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Super short novella. Gives some additional background information on Tom.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sofia~

    Me gustó ver más sobre Wyatt, sobre su vida antes de conocer a Tom, e incluso antes de llegar a formar parte de las Fuerzas Intrasolares. Con esto, concluí y admito por fin, que me parezco mucho a Wyatt en algunos casos, y que, si me pasase lo que a Wyatt, tomaría las mismas decisiones que ella. Me encantó cómo comenzó su amistad con Yuri, their meeting was so bootiful. Sigo odiando a Vik, no entiendo cómo les puede gustar. Todo lo que Wyatt sentía, y Vik llegó y le hizo sentir peor. Heather, me Me gustó ver más sobre Wyatt, sobre su vida antes de conocer a Tom, e incluso antes de llegar a formar parte de las Fuerzas Intrasolares. Con esto, concluí y admito por fin, que me parezco mucho a Wyatt en algunos casos, y que, si me pasase lo que a Wyatt, tomaría las mismas decisiones que ella. Me encantó cómo comenzó su amistad con Yuri, their meeting was so bootiful. Sigo odiando a Vik, no entiendo cómo les puede gustar. Todo lo que Wyatt sentía, y Vik llegó y le hizo sentir peor. Heather, me agrada porque es real a su personalidad, se mantiene con sus principios y su forma de ser y no cambia; siempre lo que quiere, lo obtiene, no importa el costo. Con todo esto quiero llegar a que, Heather es una maldita leech manipuladora, pero ella lo sabe y aún así no le importa, no cambia por nadie. Igual, la odio. La detesto como persona, pero me gusta como enemiga. -------------- EDIT 07/07/14 -- Now review in english! I really liked seeing more of Wyatt, about her life before meeting Tom, and even before she joined the Intrasolar Forces. With this, I can now admit that I am like Wyatt in certain things. And, if I were in her place, I'd take the same decisions and would make the same choices. I loved how her friendship with Yuri started, their meeting was indeed beautiful and amazing, it couldn't have been any more perfect. I still hate Vik, sorry. I just... I don't understand how can you like the things he does. Wyatt was already feeling down before meeting the boys, and then Vik comes around and makes it worse, makes her feel even worse. Now, about Heather. I like her and I hate her. I like her because she's true to her personality, she stands by her principles and her character, and she doesn't change. (Fine, she was "nicer" with Tom some times, but it was fake, so...) She always gets what she wants, no matter the cost. With all this, what I want to say is that, Heather is a freaking manipulative biatch, and she knows that and she still doesn't care, she doesn't change for anyone or anything. (well, okay, she changes /just like the Tom subject/ but only when it's good for her//when she can get something from it) Still, I hate her. She's a bad person. (Or well, an unlikable person, in my opinion) But I still like her very much, as an enemy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Limmer

    I loved Allies almost as much as I loved Insignia! I just wish it were longer because it's so interesting to see the world through Wyatt's eyes!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yesenia

    Wyatt is great and I love Yuri. Also, this made me appreciate Blackburn more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sana

    As much as I love Wyatt, it wasn't super interesting to read from her point of view. That is, until Tom arrived after which I wanted there to be more to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ranforingus

    2016: This is a great prequel/background story for Wyatt, one of my favorite characters so far in the Insignia-universe). I loved reading more about the way she thinks and her difficulties in approaching other people because writing non-neurotypical people is not a subject that is done right often. It's very refreshing to see an author who takes this seriously and still manages to produce a well-rounded, enjoyable character with a believable backstory. Kudos to S.J. Kincaid for giving us this funny, 2016: This is a great prequel/background story for Wyatt, one of my favorite characters so far in the Insignia-universe). I loved reading more about the way she thinks and her difficulties in approaching other people because writing non-neurotypical people is not a subject that is done right often. It's very refreshing to see an author who takes this seriously and still manages to produce a well-rounded, enjoyable character with a believable backstory. Kudos to S.J. Kincaid for giving us this funny, at times heartbreaking prequel story that despite it's short length, still managed to make me love Wyatt even more than I already did :D 2017: No matter how many times I come back to this series, it always makes me smile like an idiot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Parker Lawson

    I read all 3 of the other Insignia books before reading this book. I rated this short story 4.5 stars. Wyatt Enslow was one of my 2 favorite characters in the entire series. This story was gave explanation to who she was, and how she became who she was in the main trilogy. I thought that Kincaid did a great job writing Wyatt in the main trilogy, giving her an interesting personality, and the ability to seem more machine than human at times. This story was just the icing on the cake. It gave expla I read all 3 of the other Insignia books before reading this book. I rated this short story 4.5 stars. Wyatt Enslow was one of my 2 favorite characters in the entire series. This story was gave explanation to who she was, and how she became who she was in the main trilogy. I thought that Kincaid did a great job writing Wyatt in the main trilogy, giving her an interesting personality, and the ability to seem more machine than human at times. This story was just the icing on the cake. It gave explanation on how she came to be who she was in the main series. This is a fantastic read, and I recommend reading it as well as the other books in the trilogy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris March

    I like the idea of an alternate perspective from an interesting character in the series, but this teaser novella reads like a rushed bit of work, forced by a publisher. It does make me wonder how the author decided to focus on the characters she did in the main trilogy though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Schuyler

    Felt like this was a novella for the sake of publishing a novella. It was a tiny bit of Wyatt's background plus a repeat of events from the first book from her POV (as she established friends). Really no value add as no new plotline / interest in this series or even interesting in any way.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lei

    The Book I really liked to see things from wyatt's view but I didn't like how short it was compared to insignia,vortex, and catalyst

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Super short. Not impressed. But okay to get a different point of view from a different character in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    This was a nice little insight into Wyatt’s character though it doesn’t really offer too much that we didn’t already know from Insignia.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matt Reno

    Nice look into Wyatt character

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    To start off, this is an addition to the Insignia trilogy, so if you haven't read that, you should before diving into this. Now. It is SO good! But anyway, Allies is all I could ask for in a companion collection of short stories. It catered to all my fangirlish desires and was so delightful that as soon as I finished the forty pages or so, I turned to page one and started over. And over. And over. The feels never died down, but rather got stronger after each reread. And that is hard to do. Normal To start off, this is an addition to the Insignia trilogy, so if you haven't read that, you should before diving into this. Now. It is SO good! But anyway, Allies is all I could ask for in a companion collection of short stories. It catered to all my fangirlish desires and was so delightful that as soon as I finished the forty pages or so, I turned to page one and started over. And over. And over. The feels never died down, but rather got stronger after each reread. And that is hard to do. Normally, I find it difficult to be as loyal and supportive of a side character's point of view, but Kincaid fleshed hers out so well, made them all so lovable and dynamic, that I frankly wouldn't mind reading from any of their perspectives. Allies focuses on Wyatt, a shy, socially awkward, but very intelligent girl. I could relate to her in many aspects, which made the experience all the more special. Through Allies, we got to better understand the beginnings of her journey to becoming a trainee at the Pentagonal Spire, her experiences before she makes strong friendships. I was considering giving 4.5 stars for this novella because I would have like more of her story and a deeper exploration of Wyatt's character, but on the other hand, it leaves so much more freedom for the fans to use their imagination. What really made me give this a shining rating was the fact that Allies was thought provoking, making me think more about Wyatt as a character. It also made me feel all these emotions worthy of a five star book. So worth the money.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elysia

    Short stories seem to be the new promotional thing in the Young Adult/Middle Grade world and thus far, I haven't been all that astounded by what this trend has produced. Allies, however, proved to be highly enjoyable and I think, a worthy addition to the series as a whole. A semi-prequel to Insignia (which I loved), it follows Wyatt from before she enters the Pentagonal Spire through shortly after Tom arrives/they begin to interact. Over the course of this journey, one of the elements that really Short stories seem to be the new promotional thing in the Young Adult/Middle Grade world and thus far, I haven't been all that astounded by what this trend has produced. Allies, however, proved to be highly enjoyable and I think, a worthy addition to the series as a whole. A semi-prequel to Insignia (which I loved), it follows Wyatt from before she enters the Pentagonal Spire through shortly after Tom arrives/they begin to interact. Over the course of this journey, one of the elements that really resonated with me was the handling of Wyatt's intellectual difference. While never explicitly identified as having autism or aspergers, things were certainly written that way, especially in the terms of the differences between Wyatt's understanding of the world before and after implantation. I thought this whole arc was really well done, both in terms of respecting Wyatt as she was before hand and in recognizing that "fixing" her brain was not entirely positive. Beyond this, I really enjoyed getting to see a somewhat different perspective on the early parts of Insignia and especially getting more background on Wyatt's friendship with Yuri. As you can see, this was very much a character driven piece--if you liked Insignia and like Wyatt, chances are very good you'll like it too. It's short and surprisingly emotional and very fun. Also, it's just a $1.99 on Amazon. READ IT.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ariella

    Read more of my reviews at Secrets of Lost Words. Rating: C Allies is a novella in the Insignia series. Last year, when I read Insignia, I was instantly in love. So when I saw that there's going to be a novella in Wyatt's point of view, I was stoked. This novella was really nice as we get to see how Wyatt adjusted to the Pentagonal Spire. We get to experience her loneliness (poor girl!) and how she was different than most people. We get to see a different side to one of the love interests in the s Read more of my reviews at Secrets of Lost Words. Rating: C Allies is a novella in the Insignia series. Last year, when I read Insignia, I was instantly in love. So when I saw that there's going to be a novella in Wyatt's point of view, I was stoked. This novella was really nice as we get to see how Wyatt adjusted to the Pentagonal Spire. We get to experience her loneliness (poor girl!) and how she was different than most people. We get to see a different side to one of the love interests in the series, Heather Akron. And let me say, I do not like that side of her. What a b*tch. I do have a complaint though. This is too short (even though it is novella). It's a great book to satisfy you for a while before you go back to wait on Vortex :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael Loring

    An interesting bridge between books, this novella tells the story of Wyatt Enslow, the genius who could, at times, seem more machine than human. We get a sweet little look into her mind, her struggles, her desire to be normal like everyone else. She's way too smart for her own good, but when she goes to the Pentagonal Spire she's given a chance to actually fit in. And despite a few setbacks, she finally feels herself growing into her own identity after meeting Tom, Vik, and especially Yuri. This An interesting bridge between books, this novella tells the story of Wyatt Enslow, the genius who could, at times, seem more machine than human. We get a sweet little look into her mind, her struggles, her desire to be normal like everyone else. She's way too smart for her own good, but when she goes to the Pentagonal Spire she's given a chance to actually fit in. And despite a few setbacks, she finally feels herself growing into her own identity after meeting Tom, Vik, and especially Yuri. This was a terrific look into an exceptional character from the Insignia series. I'd recommend this to anyone who has read at least the first book! Now, I'd be extraordinarily happy if we got another novella about Medusa...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    I like the series, so I was excited to pick this one up when I realized it existed — and even more excited when I realized it was about Wyatt. It was such a treat getting to learn more about this character, her life before the Pentagonal Spire, and her initial experiences there before Tom arrived. It made me like her even more, and it actually surprised me, some of the thoughts she had regarding some of the other students at the Spire. This was a fun read, and pretty satisfying, but they did tha I like the series, so I was excited to pick this one up when I realized it existed — and even more excited when I realized it was about Wyatt. It was such a treat getting to learn more about this character, her life before the Pentagonal Spire, and her initial experiences there before Tom arrived. It made me like her even more, and it actually surprised me, some of the thoughts she had regarding some of the other students at the Spire. This was a fun read, and pretty satisfying, but they did that thing I hate. You know, where the file is this long, but actually only half of it is novella, and the rest is just a preview of the book. Boo! I was tricked! I wanted more!

  22. 5 out of 5

    AuroraBlaze

    When I found out that there was a mini novel about Wyatt, I was ecstatic. Not only because I had finished both of the first books and was desperately waiting for the third book to come out, but because Wyatt is an interesting character. And I gotta say, this was not what I was expecting. I knew that Wyatt had some difficulty interacting with people, but I didn't know that she was not neurotypical and that she took such a big risk in getting the neural processor installed. It was interesting to g When I found out that there was a mini novel about Wyatt, I was ecstatic. Not only because I had finished both of the first books and was desperately waiting for the third book to come out, but because Wyatt is an interesting character. And I gotta say, this was not what I was expecting. I knew that Wyatt had some difficulty interacting with people, but I didn't know that she was not neurotypical and that she took such a big risk in getting the neural processor installed. It was interesting to get Wyatt's viewpoint on some of the situations from the other book, and I found her opinion of Tom interesting. Although short, this was a very enjoyable read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ranforingus

    This is a great prequel/background story for Wyatt, one of my favorite characters so far in the Insignia-universe). I loved reading more about the way she thinks and her difficulties in approaching other people because writing non-neurotypical people is not a subject that is done right often. It's very refreshing to see an author who takes this seriously and still manages to produce a well-rounded, enjoyable character with a believable backstory. Kudos to S.J. Kincaid for giving us this funny, at t This is a great prequel/background story for Wyatt, one of my favorite characters so far in the Insignia-universe). I loved reading more about the way she thinks and her difficulties in approaching other people because writing non-neurotypical people is not a subject that is done right often. It's very refreshing to see an author who takes this seriously and still manages to produce a well-rounded, enjoyable character with a believable backstory. Kudos to S.J. Kincaid for giving us this funny, at times heartbreaking prequel story that despite it's short length, still managed to make me love Wyatt even more than I already did :D

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Check out my Booklikes Blog, Dan Grover: Cover to Cover Series Review Allies is a short 50-ish page book that should be read between Insignia and Vortex. It's not required if you're not into dropping a couple bucks for the story, but I found that it gave some helpful context to certain events as well as give some enduring insight to Wyatt--who is one of the best characters in the story. Check out my Booklikes Blog, Dan Grover: Cover to Cover Series Review Allies is a short 50-ish page book that should be read between Insignia and Vortex. It's not required if you're not into dropping a couple bucks for the story, but I found that it gave some helpful context to certain events as well as give some enduring insight to Wyatt--who is one of the best characters in the story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anidict13 IsTheName

    I really liked it because~~~ It's mostly about Wyatt's perspective on things and super epic secrets were revealed. But I am so much more interested about what Wyatt feels about the boys on a personal level. Like who does she really likes and whatnot. Oh well. If that was revealed though, then there won't be anymore personal mystery between the gang anymore would it? It's like mystery that can be put and revealed in the next book or the book after.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erikka

    This is Wyatt's story leading up to the events in, and slightly overlapping, Insignia. It was great because she's a fun character and I think she's one if the truest and most accurate portrayals of Asperger's that I've ever seen. Also, the little moment she has with Blackburn about how there is nothing wrong with her brain was beautiful--I think more autistic children need to hear that. It's different, not bad. I look forward to seeing more of her development in the rest of the trilogy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Simone S.

    I suppose this isn't getting a higher rating because it was sooo short - but for what it was, I really liked it, and the continuity to 'Insignia' was fairly spot on. I'm not sure if I was 'supposed' to read this first... or if Kincaid wrote it in such a way that you feel the giddiness of already knowing this part...? BUT! I cannot wait for Vortex! Have to start reading that ASAP! Ok read it - but be warned it's only like 20 pages. Less maybe. Thanks for Reading! ~Simone

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lourdes

    I loved seeing Wyatt's perspective and learning more about her story. To be honest I liked this short novella more than either of the books themselves. It felt a lot more honest and I think that may be because of Wyatt's character and how different she from Tom. Not that Tom is a bad protagonist or point of view, but I think I relate more to Wyatt.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    2.5 stars This was slightly better than Insignia, but it probably helped that it was shorter! I think I liked seeing things from Wyatt’s point of view than Tom’s, and it was good to find out what actually happened when Wyatt changed people’s profiles, and then they didn’t talk to her anymore. 5 out of 10.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Novella. Insignia #1.5 How did Wyatt Enslow end up as part of the Elite Combat Corpse? This story tells the story of how a genius, but emotionally & socially awkward girl ends up becoming friends with Tom Raines. Great insight into a very interesting character. Very enjoyable read. Novella. Insignia #1.5 How did Wyatt Enslow end up as part of the Elite Combat Corpse? This story tells the story of how a genius, but emotionally & socially awkward girl ends up becoming friends with Tom Raines. Great insight into a very interesting character. Very enjoyable read.

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