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(Insignia #3)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  4,722 ratings  ·  427 reviews
Tom Raines and his friends return to the Pentagonal Spire for a new year, eager to continue their training for the elite Intrasolar Forces. But they soon discover troubling changes. Strict new regulations, suspicious agents in positions of power, and the revelation that the Spire is under military control. The trainees are now cadets. What begins as an irritating adjustmen ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 6th 2014 by Hot Key Books (first published October 28th 2014)
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Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay so I feel obliged to tell you all that I've been stalking around GoodReads, reading reviews for almost a year now, but this series is what finally got me to create an account so I could post this.


I actually just got Insignia yesterday morning after seeing the GoodReads page and finished Vortex about 10 minutes ago. The only reason I ever put the book down was to eat, and even then unwillingly.

But anyways, I didn't just come on here to post what an amazing series this i
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-5-star, 5-star
4.5* I was a bit pissed when I finished this because things weren't exactly how I wanted it, but now I love this book which literally happens every time I finish one of these because I remember the really fucking weird moments that happen. Like there was this part where the world was ending (yes I'm serious) and Tom's friend walks in breathless because he fucked someone.

This whole book was super dramatic. This last book takes place over 2+ years. I liked the 2nd book better though. Didn't like t
Esthela Gómez





sorry for the shouty letters

Since I started this series I said THIS IS MY FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION BOOK EVER and still is. This trilogy has everything, I laughed hysterically, cried, screamed, sighed, etc, It has inspired so many feelings that other books have not. Why is that? the characters, each one of them are so fantastically written. Throughout the series you can
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-by-author
Catalyst has got to be one of my most anticipated reads of this year....and that was before I had even finished reading Vortex. I have loved this series from the start, devouring every book and wanting more straight after, and while I wanted to have Catalyst, I also didn't want it, by reading it then I was admitting that this series would be over. that there would be no more from the characters that I have loved, that have grown up in each new installment and made an even bigger impact on me.

I b
Kayla Ashley
This was so good. I am so sad right now to say goodbye to this story and these characters. I really enjoyed this trilogy!

I did have a few issues with this book but it was so wonderfully crafted and I enjoyed it so much that I feel like I have to give it 5 stars! :)
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ya, fiction
A solid conclusion to a solid series.

Insignia was one of those books you blow through in a day. Sure, it may have been a bit derivative, but the strength of the plot and the characters was enough to keep me up all night. The second book, Vortex was less engaging. I forgive it, sophomore slump is not uncommon. But I finished it still interested in Tom Raines, still anticipating where the plot would go next.

I take that all back for Catalyst. It's the best of the series, for me -- an accomplishment
Lindsay Cummings
I was always intrigued by the INSIGNIA series, especially when I heard that it was pitched as "Hogwarts in Space" on a recent Goodreads description.

I hadn't picked up the series until HarperCollins sent me this final book for review. I picked it up...and flew through them all.
I have always love SciFi, but for some reason, I'm reluctant to pick up some titles, because I'm afraid they will disappoint. Now I wish I'd picked up INSIGNIA long ago, so that I could be a part of the fandom's excitement
C.P. Cabaniss
Insignia and Vortex, the first two books in this trilogy, were excellent. Some of my favorite reads this year. This, however, was in an entire league of its own.

I was honestly wondering, going into this, how things could possibly be wrapped up in ~400 pages. I did not need to worry. These pages were packed with non-stop action, insane twists that surprised and delighted me, heartbreaking events, and a beautiful story.

This is one of the best series conclusions I believe I have ever read. And no
N Islam
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
So, I've finished this entire series in 3 days. A book each day, and i don't regret it.

This had to be one of the most rewarding stories I've ever read. Loads of people write dystopian/sci-fi without doing any research into science fiction or even science for that matter. This author most certainly did.

I don't like bittersweet endings. This series makes you suffer through a lot of painful experiences, but I can assure you that there's a good end, and its a completely justified one.

This book broug
Reading is my Escape
I love this series. World War III played out in space by teenagers with computers in their heads. Evil corporations and men that control the food, the water, and the war. The teens experience typical teen angst, in addition to the intrigue and dangers of being pawns in a war.

This final book in the series takes a bit of a turn, but I loved it!

Read this series or encourage your 5th graders and up to read it!!
Let me get something out of the way. My younger brother is twelve years old. He loves playing video games and building things. I am a sixteen year old girl. I wear makeup and dresses and like shopping. We both love, love, love this series. This series is not for a particular group of people. It is for everyone because it is genius. Please do not be turned away because it is a science fiction series. It is genuinely a wonderful set of books.

First off, it is funny. I have laughed out loud in all
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2014

Gosh, I love this series. I don't finish a lot of series, but boy am I glad to have finished this one.

It's a bit slow to start, and it takes some time to get used to the characters, storyline, and terminology again... but it didn't take too long to get up and running again. I LOVED the way Kincaid has evolved her young, exciting action series into something more mature, thought-provoking, darker, and ominous. She went DARK, man, I didn't expect it but I really appreciated it anyway. She ma
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can also read this review on my blog

In short: Catalyst by S.J. Kincaid is a fantastic finale to a very entertaining trilogy.

And so ends another much beloved series. I've been anticipating the ending to this high-action, high-stakes dystopian sci-fi for a while now - and thankfully this finale doesn't disappoint! The Insignia Trilogy follows gamer Tom Raines who, upon being recruited by the Pentagon and having a chip implanted in his head, can control fighter ships remotely in space as part o
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start this Review by saying:

"The World does not come to an End on Page 171, it will be okay."

In my opinion catalyst starts off a little slow, with no clear cut path. Really Kincaid spends a lot of time in the first half of the book setting up for the climax. And setting up with what will happen in the latter half. Which she does a good job doing. The first half of the book is a four star, but the second half is a five star.

Finally for those readers who are wondering... Blackburn and Rain
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this series is underrated or at least under read on Goodreads. Granted it isn't earth shatteringly awesome, but it is a worthy book in its own right with a complex story and fun dialog.

This final book had me repeatedly thinking "how is this going to wrap up this whole series by the end of this book?" There was just so much conflict and I couldn't predict the resolution. I can say that the ending didn't feel rushed or abused as things moved toward completion.

This isn't a complaint about
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing characters. Amazing character development. So many emotions. Has its faults, but makes you feel so much that you don't even care.
This is one of my all-time favourite series and Thomas Raines will forever have a dear place in my heart.
This book was SO good, I literally have no words for it.

Review to come, when I am able to get my thoughts straight again.
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the end of this series was a bit of a let down don't get me wrong i enjoyed it put i feel as if there is so much still missing from the story so because of that only four stars ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I no longer think it's possible to read an S.J. Kincaid book and not love it. She's amazing! I love this series so much. I don't know why I put off reading this for so long. For some reason I thought I wasn't really into the series anymore but this book quickly sucked me back in and I loved it. It is definitely one of the best sci-fi series out there. If you love Harry Potter and space you need to check it out! ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-not-on-shelf
Catalyst is the final instalment of the amazing science fiction series that began with Insignia. Tom Raines faces new challenges in this book and faces them with his usual combination of bravery and brashness.

The world-building in this series has always been one of my favourite things, and this book impressed me with how much it explored the consequences of everything in it. Tom Raines is one of a small group of teenagers picked to train as Combatants in WW3. This war is waged off-Earth - unmann
Ms. Yingling
In the final book of the Insignia trilogy, Tom Raines is in trouble again: Blackburn links up with his neural processors so he can "tune in" and see what Tom sees, but he also wipes Tom's memory so he doesn't know it. Tom returns to school where he runs into a few problems-- he talks with Medusa, but she leaves him with a virus that Wyatt has to clear out of his system, which makes Yuri a bit angry, he continues to train himself, and also work with new plebes. He also gets approached to be spons ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I received this ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review, thanks!

I love when authors totally, utterly, and completely prove me wrong. I enjoyed Insignia, but wasn't in love, then read Vortex, and was very impressed, and the there's Catalyst, which is by far my favorite of the three. I don't know of a series where the books improved so much from book to book, but Kincaid has definitely done that in spades. I picked up Catalyst yesterday evening for some light night time reading, a
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that it's only polite curiosity that brings me back to finishing this trilogy. After the crazy events in Vortex, I'm not quite happy with the series. Insignia will and always will be my favorite book. But... When I start reading Catalyst, I start liking this book too. It's much, much better than Vortex, and the stakes are so much higher than ever.

Tom Raines is annoying, but he is that kind of annoying that grows on a person. Catalyst shows one of the most interesting character d
**I received this book for free from Katherine Tegen Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

CATALYST brings an end to the INSIGNIA trilogy, and sends our hero, Tom Raines, off into the sunset where he definitely deserves a much need vacation. Tom is once again joined by his gang of misfits/friends; Vikra Ashwan, Wyatt Enslow, and Yuri Sysevich. CAT
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kapow, I've finished this series! It's hard to believe I could complete a series in such record time but S.J. Kincaid made it so easy with her inspiring plot and loveable characters (even the ones you hate at first, you'll grow to love in the end)! The Insignia series has been nothing short of spectacular from the very first book. Catalyst concluded everything wonderfully, delivering more impressive twists and mind-numbing action than ever. ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
This is a review for the entire trilogy by S.J. Kincaid, including Insignia, Vortex, and Catalyst. THERE ARE SPOILERS.

This was a trilogy that started out really strong and then did a Hunger Games in book 3. I'm not sure what it is with recent series--or even if it really is a recent phenomenon--but I've noticed that quite a lot of trilogies (or longer series) can't seem to stick the landing. The Hunger Games is a pretty epic example of a meltdown (for both the protagaonist and the story as a who
Cheng An
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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All the feels and themes in this book! If you have to choose only one dystopian YA trilogy to read in your whole life choose this one!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great ending to the insignia series, detailing much of the corruption of people in the book.
Colton Reeck
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I really liked this book because of the story. The technology that is in the book is cool to learn about and see what our future could possibly be like. I want to go into the military, and this book is about that but in different ways.

Plot Summary
Tom is an ordinary teenager in military training to be an combatant. This book takes place during World War Three and the battles are fought in space. Tom wants to be one of the people that fights in the war but he needs a sponsor. He
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