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Vortex (Insignia #2)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,616 Ratings  ·  385 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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Taschima Cullen
Aug 07, 2013 Taschima Cullen 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
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
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
Just so damn good!
Zunaira Ghazal
Jul 30, 2013 Zunaira Ghazal 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
DAYvid Hewitt (the biblioflick buff)

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 ch
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
Dec 27, 2015 Gary 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
Sebastian Alanya Hartley
Aug 31, 2015 Sebastian Alanya Hartley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Just WOW. This is waaaaay better than insignia. I LOVED IT
Dec 18, 2015 Maud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually a 4.5 because I felt like Tom was too stubborn sometimes but the plot was once again amazing!
Mar 30, 2013 Ashley 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 this a
Jul 22, 2013 Heyitsmachey 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
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
Jul 20, 2013 April 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 14, 2014 yueyang 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
Andres Hudson
Jul 27, 2015 Andres Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó bastante esta segunda parte. Tiene partes demasiado buenas y desgarradoras.
Aquí vemos como el personaje principal sigue madurando, y para mejor, es uno de mis personajes favoritos literarios.
Una lectura bastante rápida. Pero aún así sigue siendo mejor "Insignia", su primera parte.
Lo que me gustó muchísimo de "Vortex", es que te sigue enseñando este USA del futuro y también otra cualidad bastante buena es este libro te hace encariñarte con los personajes de la novela.
Una trilogía que h
Nov 07, 2014 Denise 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.
John Stotler
Jul 02, 2015 John Stotler rated it it was amazing
There were times that this wasn't my favorite book. I'm always looking for my favorite book, and unfortunately, I judge everything I read in that context, which is unfair.

So that said, it's not perfect. But then it gets to the last 50 pages, the denouement, which seems like it should be kinda staid -- and a quick wrap-up -- and it turned into some of my favorite writing ever. As Isaac, who I had felt got short shrift as a character in this book, makes his journeys, it's like somebody slipped Vo
Laura Chazarín
Aug 04, 2015 Laura Chazarín rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bastante bueno, aparte de la buena redacción que maneja los elementos que integra a la historia son bastante interesantes, tanto en el aspecto de la ciencia-ficción como en aspectos emocionales de los personajes. Tiene momentos de humor y de reflexión.

Citas favoritas:
—No haré nada bajo amenaza
—Aclaremos algo, Señor Raines: estoy tratando de "sobornarlo". La amenaza es un recurso desagradable por si se niega a aceptar mi generosidad. (Tom Raines y Joseph Vengerov)

—Si alguien se enfrenta a un en
Matt Bilek
Jan 09, 2015 Matt Bilek rated it really liked it
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
Tamara (Tamaraniac)
Jan 19, 2015 Tamara (Tamaraniac) rated it it was amazing
Originally posted:

Vortex was much more thoughtful and darker than the first book, Insignia. It gets a lot deeper into the themes of the book and it tells us more why the way the world is organized is bad, and explains further how the world got to that point. The book also shows more on how Tom's hatred of establishment and his complete lack of obedience (or filter) could entirely destroy his career in the military.

I loved every minute of this book. The de
Dec 24, 2014 Sofia~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopian
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)
Jul 09, 2014 Audrey (holes In My brain) rated it really liked it
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
Jul 06, 2013 Mandy rated it it was amazing
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)
Sep 01, 2013 Kelly (Belle of the Literati) 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. With
Jul 05, 2013 Katie_la_geek 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
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
Aug 19, 2014 Carla Dente rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mis-favoritos
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
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“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.”
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