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(Insignia #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  7,168 ratings  ·  595 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
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Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Esthela Gómez

This was me reading Vortex







Can't wait to read the next one!


May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing second instalment of the series. i loved it
Ana Ramos
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2020-tbr
5 stars to this underrated but extraordinary series.

I'm not gonna lie, I had some issues with the first book, a lot of issues if I'm being honest but let's focus on Vortex.

Just know that I'm not rating this out of how perfect the story or narrative is or not even how well is the characters development but how much I got involved with the characters and now they have a piece of my stone cold heart.

I get it. Tom doesn't seem to have an ARC at first sight, that's because he's supposed to be stub
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, 4-star-5-star
4.75* (I like the first book better, but the pacing was better for this one.)

Summary of this series. Tom Raines is the main character. The setting takes place mainly in The Spire which is pretty much a VR boarding school. Funny and very character driven series which I realized more after reading this 2nd book.

Wow the ending was so good. Tom is awesome as always. I took a long time to read this because I keep having to stop because of schoolwork. Tip to anyone who sees this review try to binge th
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 soo
Daph (Loving Books)

Zunaira Ghazal
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a shame in a world where so many YA books are being taken over by fantasy and crappy romance fantasy that when a sci-fi series or book that hits ya good debuts and doesn't chart you frown. You also want to shout to everyone you know and say 'hey, read this series, you won't regret it'.

That's how I feel with Vortex, Book 2 of this interesting Enders Game like tale.

What I enjoy about S.J. Kincaid's writing is how well she mixes technology, science and humanity into a book and makes you kee
david y biblioflick
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, space

The Vortex sucks a thousand stars (that sound negative). Rating:4.5 stars

So Tom is going back to the Spire, as Middle. So there are new classes to take and new rooms to explorer (liked the really leveled up in games). Like Insignia, the classes are just something to let us know the character of a character in this book that have characters (of course). The main story is focused on Tom against the Obsidian and Dominion Agra. I got to say, this is way much better than the first book, the some
C.P. Cabaniss
Reread August/September 2020

I'm loving revisiting this world and these characters. Tom is excellent and I love his friendships with Wyatt, Uri, and Vic. They're such a good friend group and it's great to see them grow together, fall apart, and find each other again.

I like that there is romance but it's not the focus of the story. And it's more about the friendship than the romance, even with Tom's love interest.

Such a fun sci-fi and I'm really excited to reread Catalyst now!

Original Review
The se
Reading is my Escape
Book 2 in the Insignia series
That was the thing about real life. Video games could be reset. There were second chances.
- Chapter 14

Book two in the World War III Insignia series is as thrilling as the first book. This series explores themes of power, corruption, friendship, and loyalty. Evil cooperations control everything, from the water and food to the war. Tom and his friends have computers in their heads and they are controlled by the government (which is controlled by the corporations).
R.M. Archer
Sep 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, won, signed, physical-arc
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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 th
*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
Tom Raines is now a Middle at the Pentagonal Spire. Along with it comes many roles and responsibilities. He is exposed to an armoury filled with suits and weapons. He faces meet-and-greets with the multinational corporations in attempts at obtaining a sponsor. His meetings with Medusa are becoming more dangerous as they risk revealing what they can do. There are mysterious security breaches at the Spire. A new power-hungry foe is introduced and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequel
Actually a 4.5 because I felt like Tom was too stubborn sometimes but the plot was once again amazing!
Sebastian Alanya
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Just WOW. This is waaaaay better than insignia. I LOVED IT
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm enjoying this series even though its meant for the Y.A and I don't normally go for theses sort of books four out of five stars ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an incredible sequel to Insignia and I honestly don't have words for how much I love these characters?? The long wait that I had to endure to get my hands on this book was more than worth it. I wish that more people would give this series a shot. I'm in awe right now and can't find the right words so I'm going to do a good old list of things that I loved.

(view spoiler)
○ Medusa wreaking h
Nova Syzygy
Tom annoyed me many times in this book. He has a computer in his brain, and yet he can't seem to make good decisions. Since the author failed to add his horrible thought process to the book, I'll show it here:

Tom in front of the CEO's: " pride is more important than my life. Here, let me just insult this CEO, threaten these people, flood this place with sewage...Yes, I'm sure that that will do wonders for my future. I am so smart!"

Tom, watching Heather die: "I just witnessed a murder.
Kelly | xoxo, Kelly Nina
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vortex was a great follow up to insignia, giving more backstory to the world, and showing many problems that Thomas faces.
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
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