Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Vortex (Insignia, #2)” as Want to Read:
Vortex (Insignia, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Vortex (Insignia #2)

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  2,494 ratings  ·  300 reviews
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. ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Vortex, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Vortex

Unravel Me by Tahereh MafiThrough the Ever Night by Veronica RossiScarlet by Marissa MeyerProdigy by Marie LuEverbound by Brodi Ashton
2013 YA/MG Sequels
46th out of 110 books — 821 voters
Allegiant by Veronica RothClockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareRequiem by Lauren OliverThe Indigo Spell by Richelle MeadUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
YA Novels of 2013
331st out of 1,516 books — 10,510 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Ta§chima Cullen
5 Spanking Full stars to one of the most undervalued series out there.


I suggest you ALL start reading Insignia right now. Soon enough it will be one of the most spoken about series out there, and you will be grateful that you were one of the first ones to discover it.

Another FREAKING FANTASTIC addition to the UNBELIEVABLY ADDICTIVE Insignia series by what I can only consider to be an evil genius (S.J.Kincaid). You know how they say you shouldn't oversell a series to a friend before they watch/re
Esthela Gómez

This was me reading Vortex







Can't wait to read the next one!


Experiment BL626
I thought after the events of book 1 Tom would learn his lessons and be cautious and prudent in book 2. Nope. *anger eye-twitch* He acted the same as before. No character growth. No lessons learned. Dude was fucking TSTL.

*flips table*

Rambling rant ahead.

+ the main character

Tom pissed off every influential and powerful person he came across. He pissed off people he needed help from, people he couldn’t afford as enemies, people who could make his life very hard for him or put an end to his life
Zunaira Ghazal
This, right here? Yeah, its almost better than divergent.

So throughout the book I had this uncanny feeling that I was reading some other version of HP. The spire was Hogwarts, Tom was Harry, Enslow was Hermione and Blackburn was a weird combo of Prof, Solomon from GG series ad Snape from HP. But you know what? It made it a thousand times more epic! Because HP was a cultural phenomenon and this might be next!

it started off as Tom being this prideful idiot! But by the end, I UNDERSTOOD why he was
Julianna Helms
Quick reaction:


also oh my god my name was in the acknowledgments holy crap thank you so much SJ i<3you

alsoalso hey guys so imma give away a copy of this
Valeria Iacovone
There's this quote from the last page I really liked and it summarizes pretty much this book, the next one and Tom: "...then Tom was about to give them an inferno"

Increíble. Me encantó. Excelente. AWESOME. Este libro es waaaay better than Insignia. Tom sigue siendo super stubborn y orgulloso y todo eso, pero me agrada más. Se está poniendo hecho y derecho, y en el próximo libro va a patear unos buenos traseros. Y no puedo esperar para leer eso. Septiembre apurate, por favor.
El plot me parece ge
BookNook — Young Adult book reviews

3.5 Stars

Vortex didn't quite have the same magic for me that Insignia did. It was still a good book, it just didn't have me screaming and shrieking like an excited, insane girl. Vortex had a bit of a slower start and I didn't get fully sucked into the book until half way or 3/4 of the way through.

I kind of had a love/hate relationship with Tom in this book. He definitely came across very immature at times. It almost made me wonder, Was he always like this a
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* YA, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

15-year old Thomas Raines, trainee for the US Intrasolar Forces, is back in the sequel to Insignia. This time around, the dangers are more pronounced, the villains are out in the open, the odds are getting increasingly more challenging, and Tom will stand with his friends (Vikram Ashwan, Wyatt Enslow, and Yuri Sysevich) against the Coalition of Multinational Corporations who controls the globe and determines whether or not you are able to bec
It’s kind of fun to read a sequel to a book you read last year right around the same time. Last year, over the summer, I read Insignia by SJ Kincaid and found myself really enjoying it, except for not being a huge fan of the main character because he was kind of annoying. This year, I’m sinking my teeth into Vortex, the sequel to Insignia mainly because when Allison came over to my apartment, she practically stole Vortex right out of there, so that was the incentive I needed to get through it fa ...more
So Tom wants to be a CAMCO, but he is in trouble. The sponsors don't want to take him in. His relationship with Medusa is waning and waxing, and he is torn in a choince. Will he pull off a plan to get up to a CAMCO, or will he be a person treated as a machine.
Vortex was good. Very good. Until the end. I am so mad that Tom had done such a betrayal. I wanted to chuck this book out as I read it, and only my love of the care of books had I composed myself not to chuck it. Acutally, I will compose my
O.M.G. Worst. Book. Ever. Spineless characters, stupid story, and super lame ending. Kincaid, I know you only wrote this so that I'd buy your next book to see how you end it. But guess what? I could care less what happens to these "people". Do not waste your time reading this book.
Matt Bilek
The book I read was Vortex by S.J. Kincaid. In this book, the main character Tom returns to the tower for his second year. The second year he has a lot more challenges and he makes some advances toward being a Combat but his personality gets in the way. On the other hand, his personality also is a positive. He goes out of his way to help a friend which makes his character likeable and the book more interesting.

I liked the book because it was a fun read. Although there wasn't much development to
No sé cómo explicar este libro. Lloré tanto de la risa, como de cariño, y también, sufrimiento. Yuri, Wyatt, Tom, Medusa, Elliot. Estos personajes no paran de agradarme, y me encariño más y más con ellos, en cada libro. Por un lado, toda la historia me gustó; así como el primero, éste también tenía sus partes buenas de humor, (un muy bien formulado) romance, acción y plot twists que me hicieron sentir insignificante(?). Por otro lado, la narración me agradó, en momentos me parecía confusa lo que ...more
Audrey (holes In My brain)
LOVED it! So much escapism fun, this trilogy is turning into one of my favourites :)

I remember reading a review somewhere the mentioned this series is like a sci-fi version of Harry Potter, and I think that analogy is awesome because Kincaid really does well to explore so many different aspects of growing up. Whether it is friendship, romance, family, the petty squabbles to changing the world, Tom Raines is completely caught up in it and these themes are developed wonderfully. The narration is
I received this ARC book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

OMG! The book was fantastic! A lot of the time the sequel isn't quite as good as the original, but this is the exception that breaks the rule!

The intrigue gets deeper and the stakes get higher in this amazing sequel. Tom has to face the executives of the sponsoring companies to get backing to become CAMCO.

The danger lines blur as Tom faces greater threats than ever before.

I loved it! It was by far one of the best sequels i've rea
Kelly (Belle of the Literati)
4.5 Stars. LOVED the continuation of this story. Lots of twists and (very) unexpected turns! Full review to come <3

"You outrank me.
You shouldn't call me 'Sir.' "
--SJ Kincaid, Vortex

I love me some sci-fi. I mean, seriously. The science talk. The geek vibe. The battles. Everything I love about sci-fi and Insignia was present in Vortex. All our characters are back in full swing…and with a lot of surpises.

The plot of Vortex picks up and continues to show us how this war is being fought. With
WARNING! Spoilers Ahead!

I really liked this book. Usually I have a little bit of wariness before reading a sequel because I'm afraid they won't stand up to the first book. This isn't the case for the Insignia Trilogy however. Time and again I am surprised by the things Kincaid pulls out of her hat just to shake things up a bit. Although I did enjoy this book I did also have some problems with it. Tom's dignity has gotten to the point of stupidity. I mean, if by this point in the story we don't k
For this review and more visit my blog

I am a big fan the first book in this series and so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Vortex. It didn’t disappoint and was just as good as Insignia.

Tom and his friends have spent the summer away from the pentagonal spire but now they are back together again for their second year. Everything starts well but it soon becomes clear that someone is working against the pentagonal spire. Loyalties and friendships are tested as Tom tries to find a way to do what’s
Roxanne Gan

I mean,


This book really left swept me off my feet! I was left utterly speechless.

Although there were a little cheesy moments in this book, it wasn't annoying enough for me to stop turning the pages. But what annoyed me though, is the cliff-hanger of this book. UGH!!

This is going to be a spoiler full review so you'd better go and read this book first because trust me when I say you don't want any spoilers.

First and foremost, I absolutely love the storyline. The concept is really suitable
Carla Dente
OMG, OMG, OMG *corre en círculos de felicidad*, no tienen idea de cuanto quería leer este libro, es que Insignia me había gustado un montón y este prometía ser igual o mejor que el primero... Así que cuando tuve Vortex en mis manos, mis emociones simplemente explotaron.

Me metí en la historia muy fácilmente, ya que comienza prácticamente en donde terminó la novela anterior. Me emocionaba mucho ver como iba a seguir esta historia que, en realidad, no dejaba muchos cabos sueltos como para esperar q
Well I have to say that finishing this book was sweet relief! This book was just as bad as the first one.

The characters in this were just as immature as they were the first time around. I thought that Tom might have matured a bit, but unfortunately not. This whole book was about Tom offending lots of people, getting annoyed at politicians, and behaving like a big kid. The scene where they went to space and Vik vomited and it floated round was absolutely disgusting, I got seriously sick of all th
Kayla Ashley
Just like Insignia, it took me a little while to really get into this book. Once I was a little further into it, I was completely enthralled. I really do love this series because it's different but also a lot fun! My only complaint is it feels like not much REALLY happened in this one. A lot of it just felt like filler. I would probably give this one 3.5 stars, but because I'm feeling generous and the last bit was really fantastic, I'm going to round up to 4 stars.

I'm really looking forward to
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
Reseñado en mi blog Nanny Books:

En la primera reseña de esta saga les conté lo fascinada que estoy con el estilo de escritura de Kincaid y con el humor que sabe aplicar a diferentes escenas para que obtengan un tinte totalmente distinto (obvio ejemplo de esto es la escena de tortura del primer libro, yo he muerto de risa con cierto sueño).

En esta segunda reseña, no solo debo mantener mi opinión, sino aumentarla. ¡He muerto de risa y he suspirado un montón! O sea, es totalmente excelente y muy en
Rohit Mittal
Vortex is the second book in a series by S. J. Kincaid. Following (spoiler from the previous book) Tom’s defeat of Medusa, Tom’s training to serve the government escalates, and as Tom nears the moment that would be crucial to his future, he is drawn into a power struggle between the CEO’s and the military. Tom must choose between his ideals and friends, or his country and future. Tom also has many secrets to keep, entangling him even deeper into a plot that climax’s at the very end, forcing the ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

É bem raro eu abandonar uma série no segundo livro, geralmente ou eu gosto do primeiro e sigo (mesmo que não leve tão à sério como com outras séries) ou leio o primeiro e simplesmente não leio mais e abandono a série lendo apenas o livro 1. Mas aqui resolvi dar uma de Polyana e jogar o ‘jogo do contente’ com o livro, ou seja, achei que no próximo as coisas poderiam ser mais interessantes e quem sabe quase que mudar da água para o vinho. O que óbvio nã
I seem to be having a lot of problems with second books in a series, and Vortex is no exception. I really enjoyed the first book, Insignia, but Vortex suffered from many "second book syndrome" problems, so much so, that I almost DNF it. But I realized I have the third book, Catalyst, to review, so I persevered.

Tom is no longer a plebe. He's been promoted along with all his friends (except Yuri) and is now a middle. The first two hundred pages of the book are filled with simulations, conditioning
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Interesting young adult science fiction novel that started out really slow but ended up being a very enjoyable read.

Opening Sentence: You’ve got to see this watch, Tommy.

The Review:

This story is set in a futuristic world where wars are all fought in space. To try to spare as many human lives as possible the government from each country have high tech droids fight each other in space. All the droids are controlled by an elite group of kids th
Better than the first.

Now I am giving my opinion of Tom's character, because I believe Tom is awesome.
And although most everyone thinks Tom's amount of pride and refusal to give in is silly, I find it kind of amazing and admirable in its own way. self-damaging pride probably shouldn't be praised, but yet I find myself thinking otherwise, in that humanity wouldn't have progressed nearly as far as it did, if at all, without this undisputedly unique characteristic ( Ex: ML
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Mansfield Public ...: "Vortex Review" 1 5 Aug 15, 2014 10:39AM  
Goodreads Librari...: Two Books Exist 4 67 Oct 22, 2012 12:45PM  
  • The Dark Shore (The Atlanteans, #2)
  • SYLO (The SYLO Chronicles, #1)
  • False Sight (False Memory, #2)
  • The Cydonian Pyramid (The Klaatu Diskos, #2)
  • The Uprising (The Forsaken, #2)
  • Invisible Sun (Hell's Cross, #2)
  • BZRK: Reloaded (BZRK, #2)
  • Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2)
  • Don't Look Now (PERSEF0NE, #2)
  • Psion Delta (Psion, #3)
  • Control (Shift, #2)
  • Passenger (The Marbury Lens, #2)
  • Fire and Ash (Benny Imura, #4)
  • Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2)
  • Shadowlark (Skylark, #2)
  • A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)
  • Earthfall
  • Blackout (Blackout, #1)

Other Books in the Series

Insignia (3 books)
  • Insignia (Insignia, #1)
  • Catalyst (Insignia, #3)
Insignia (Insignia, #1) Catalyst (Insignia, #3) Allies (Insignia #1.5) Pitch Dark: Dark Days of Summer Sampler Altered Perceptions

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“If I met a horse that looked like you, I’d find that horse attractive.” 21 likes
“That's lucky?" Tom repeated bitterly. "Lucky now means 'worst case scenario ever,' then. That's great. Good to know."

"Sir," Blackburn corrected.

"You outrank me. You shouldn't call me 'sir.'"

"Raines, you'll address me as 'sir' or I will stick you back down in that cell next to the census device until 'sir' is the only word you remember."

Tom bristled. He'd never hated someone so much. "Sir, yes, sir. I'll use 'sir,' sir. Is that all, sir?"

"Oh, I'd say that's all. Get into the simulation with the others." Blackburn jabbed at his forearm keyboard. "It irritates me just looking at you."

Back at you, Tom thought.”
More quotes…