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The planet's natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn't seem like a hero. He's a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.

As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom's life completely changes. Suddenly, he's someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there's a price to pay. . . .



The planet's natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn't seem like a hero. He's a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.

As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom's life completely changes. Suddenly, he's someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there's a price to pay. . . .

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The planet's natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn't seem like a hero. He's a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.

As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom's life completely changes. Suddenly, he's someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there's a price to pay. . . .

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* NarratingTheObvious: Kincaid does this at times.

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: [[HotBlooded Tom Raines]] (choleric), [[ThePollyanna Vik Ashwan]] (sanguine), [[BrainyBrunette Wyatt Enslow]] (melancholic) and [[NiceGuy Yuri]] [[GentleGiant Sysevich]] (phlegmatic).


* BetaCouple: Wyatt Enslow and Yuri Sysevich. [[spoiler:Even though Yuri was unwittingly made Vengerov's spy]], unlike Tom and Medusa they aren't fighting for two opposing sides of an international war and are allowed to meet without being charged for treason.



* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Tom and Medusa.]]

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* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: OfficialCouple
**[[BrainyBrunette Wyatt]] and [[GentleGiant Yuri]].
**[[DatingCatwoman
Tom and Medusa.Medusa]]. In ''Insignia'' [[BigDamnKiss they share a kiss]] and as of ''Vortex'' [[spoiler:Tom is willing to pretend to cooperate with Vengerov in order to keep her secret safe.]]


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* StarCrossedLovers: [[DatingCatwoman Tom and Medusa]], definitely. They fight for two sides of an international conflict and have met only on-line, due to living in the U.S and China respectively, at the same time risking a charge for treason.


* ParentalSubstitute: Blackburn is mplied to act one towards Wyatt as her mentor. He even remarks that Wyatt doesn't have much support from her parents and that she reminds him what it was like to be a father. [[spoiler: It's sort of a {{tearjerker}} knowing that he accidentally killed his own kids after having a neural processor installed in his brain.]]

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* ParentalSubstitute: Blackburn is mplied to act one towards Wyatt as her mentor. He even remarks that Wyatt doesn't have much support from her parents and that she reminds him what it was like to be a father. [[spoiler: It's sort of a {{tearjerker}} {{tear jerker}} knowing that he accidentally killed his own kids after having a neural processor installed in his brain.]]



-->"Wyatt stared at her. “You only sit with me now when you want something.” She stung with the realization. “You don’t want to be my friend; you just want me to do stuff for you.”

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-->"Wyatt stared at her. “You only sit with me now when you want something.” She stung with the realization. “You don’t don’t want to be my friend; you just want me to do stuff for you.”


** As it turns out, this is also the case of [[FauxAffablyEvil Heather's]] call sign, "Enigma". [[spoiler:As revealed in ''Vortex'' [[AffablyEvilshe is nice only on the surface]], [[AmbitionIsEvil uses people for personal benefit]] and has no problem with [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder with stabbing them in the back]] if that would improve her career.]]

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** As it turns out, this is also the case of [[FauxAffablyEvil Heather's]] call sign, "Enigma". [[spoiler:As revealed in ''Vortex'' [[AffablyEvilshe is nice [[AffablyEvil she only on the surface]], appears harmless]], [[AmbitionIsEvil uses people for personal benefit]] and has no problem with [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder with stabbing them in the back]] if that would improve her career.]]


** BettyAndVeronicaSwitch: [[spoiler:In "Vortex" Heather turns out to be a {{false romantic lead}}; moreover, she threatens him with revealing his secret abilities to the corporations if he won't help her win the Capitol Summit. Medusa, on the other hand, is loyal despite the fact that he's American and she's Russo-Chinese.]]

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** BettyAndVeronicaSwitch: [[spoiler:In "Vortex" Heather turns out to be a {{false romantic {{romantic false lead}}; moreover, she threatens him with revealing his secret abilities to the corporations if he won't help her win the Capitol Summit. Medusa, on the other hand, is loyal despite the fact that he's American and she's Russo-Chinese.]]

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** BettyAndVeronicaSwitch: [[spoiler:In "Vortex" Heather turns out to be a {{false romantic lead}}; moreover, she threatens him with revealing his secret abilities to the corporations if he won't help her win the Capitol Summit. Medusa, on the other hand, is loyal despite the fact that he's American and she's Russo-Chinese.]]


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** As it turns out, this is also the case of [[FauxAffablyEvil Heather's]] call sign, "Enigma". [[spoiler:As revealed in ''Vortex'' [[AffablyEvilshe is nice only on the surface]], [[AmbitinIsEvil]] uses people for personal benefit and has no problem with [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder]] with stabbing them in the back if that would improve her career.]]

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** As it turns out, this is also the case of [[FauxAffablyEvil Heather's]] call sign, "Enigma". [[spoiler:As revealed in ''Vortex'' [[AffablyEvilshe is nice only on the surface]], [[AmbitinIsEvil]] [[AmbitionIsEvil uses people for personal benefit benefit]] and has no problem with [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder with stabbing them in the back back]] if that would improve her career.]]


* MeaningfulName: Medusa's alias [[spoiler: seems to allude to her [[FacialHorror facial]] [[CoveredInScars disfigurement]].]]

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* MeaningfulName: Medusa's MeaningfulName
**Medusa's
alias [[spoiler: seems to allude to her [[FacialHorror facial]] [[CoveredInScars disfigurement]].]]
**As it turns out, this is also the case of [[FauxAffablyEvil Heather's]] call sign, "Enigma". [[spoiler:As revealed in ''Vortex'' [[AffablyEvilshe is nice only on the surface]], [[AmbitinIsEvil]] uses people for personal benefit and has no problem with [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder]] with stabbing them in the back if that would improve her career.
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* Ambition Is Evil: Heather wants to become the most famous Cam-Cos member. This leads her to betray Wyatt, leak information on her colleagues and blackmail Tom to help her win Capitol Summit by backstabbing Medusa.

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* Ambition Is Evil: AmbitionIsEvil: Heather wants to become the most famous Cam-Cos member. This leads her to betray Wyatt, leak information on her colleagues and blackmail Tom to help her win Capitol Summit by backstabbing Medusa.

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* Characterization Marches On: In "Insignia" Heather is merely a member of the Camelot Company who Tom has a crush on, and affably evil at worst. Future installments expand on her personality; [[spoiler:''Allies'' reveals her former friendship with Wyatt, whom she wanted to use for personal benefit. In Vortex Heather leaks humiliating information on her Cam-Cos colleagues to degrade their public image, bullies Wyatt, proceeds to blackmail Tom into helping her win the Capitol Summit by incapacitating Medusa and after refusing to have her memory modified, she is killed by Blackburn so that Tom's secret ability can be safe from Vengerov.]]

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* Characterization Marches On: CharacterizationMarchesOn: In "Insignia" Heather is merely a member of the Camelot Company who Tom has a crush on, and affably evil at worst. Future installments expand on her personality; [[spoiler:''Allies'' reveals her former friendship with Wyatt, whom she wanted to use for personal benefit. In Vortex Heather leaks humiliating information on her Cam-Cos colleagues to degrade their public image, bullies Wyatt, proceeds to blackmail Tom into helping her win the Capitol Summit by incapacitating Medusa and after refusing to have her memory modified, she is killed by Blackburn so that Tom's secret ability can be safe from Vengerov.]]



* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Well, Heather isn't as villainous as [[Bigbad Vengerov]], but being thrown down a vacuum train tube fits this trope to a tee.]]

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* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Well, Heather isn't as villainous as [[Bigbad Vengerov]], Vengerov, but being thrown down a vacuum train tube fits this trope to a tee.]]

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* AffablyEvil / FauxAffablyEvil
**Vengerov initially seems rather harmless. [[spoiler:That is, until he almost gets Tom killed after he refuses to incapacitate Medusa with a virus and electrocutes Yuri's brain.]]
** [[spoiler:Heather Akron. Later books reveal her {{chronic backstabbing disorder}}, [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitions]] to become the face of Camelot Company and her former friendship with Wyatt. [[KickTheDog She proceeds to blackmail Tom]] and [[BullyingADragon later Blackburn]]. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It doesn't]] [[CharacterDeath end well]].]]


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* Ambition Is Evil: Heather wants to become the most famous Cam-Cos member. This leads her to betray Wyatt, leak information on her colleagues and blackmail Tom to help her win Capitol Summit by backstabbing Medusa.


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* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:In ''Vortex'' Blackburn throws Heather down a vactube. Tom is well aware [[NightmareFuel how she will die]].]]


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* Characterization Marches On: In "Insignia" Heather is merely a member of the Camelot Company who Tom has a crush on, and affably evil at worst. Future installments expand on her personality; [[spoiler:''Allies'' reveals her former friendship with Wyatt, whom she wanted to use for personal benefit. In Vortex Heather leaks humiliating information on her Cam-Cos colleagues to degrade their public image, bullies Wyatt, proceeds to blackmail Tom into helping her win the Capitol Summit by incapacitating Medusa and after refusing to have her memory modified, she is killed by Blackburn so that Tom's secret ability can be safe from Vengerov.]]


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* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Well, Heather isn't as villainous as [[Bigbad Vengerov]], but being thrown down a vacuum train tube fits this trope to a tee.]]


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* WeUsedToBeFriends: ''Allies'' reveal that before Heather joined Camelot Company, she used to be friends with Wyatt. Only as it turned out, Heather's ambitions [[AmbitionIsEvil were more important to her]].
-->"Wyatt stared at her. “You only sit with me now when you want something.” She stung with the realization. “You don’t want to be my friend; you just want me to do stuff for you.”
-->Heather rolled her eyes, her lips curling. “Oh my God, that’s so pathetic. Are you this out of touch with the way people work?”

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