Vortex (Insignia #2)

Vortex (Insignia #2)
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July 02, 2013
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The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.

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This much anticipated sequel does not disappoint! Vortex has a much darker tone than Insignia and I love the twists and turns.Readers dive right back into Tom Raines life. Tim's life is in flux. Not only does he still have to deal with having a super computer in his head, he must figure out who really is his enemy. Are people really who they seem?

Vortex is a strong second installment to the Insignia Trilogy. S.J. Kincaid does a fantastic job developing characters' growth and their relationships with each other. The author flawlessly weaves in details about the technology that makes up Tom's world without distracting the reader from the man plot line. The action is nonstop and keeps pages turning. I have to admit, the minute I opened the book and could not put it down till the wee hours of the morning. Even though Vortex just came out, I am anxiously awaiting the final installment.

I love Vortex as much as Insignia and would recommend the series to anyone, young and old alike. Readers of The Ender's Game will love this series as well!
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