Vortex by S. J. KincaidVortex by S. J. Kincaid


byS. J. Kincaid

Paperback | July 1, 2014

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S. J. Kincaid has created a fascinating dystopian world for Insignia, her futuristic science-fiction adventure series perfect for fans of Ender's Game. Earth is in the middle of WWIII, a war to determine which governments and corporations will control the resources of the solar system.

Teen Tom Raines grew up with nothing—some days without even a roof over his head. Then his exceptional gaming skills earned him a spot in the Intrasolar Forces, the country's elite military training program, and his life completely changed.

Now in Vortex, the second book in the series, Tom discovers that the Pentagonal Spire, where he and his friends are being trained as superhuman weapons, is filled with corruption. He is asked to betray his friends—the first real friends he's ever had—for the sake of his country.

Will he sacrifice his new life to do what he believes is right?

S. J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire. She also interned for a politician in Washington, DC, and received degrees from universities in Illinois and Ohio, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Edinburgh, Scotland, that she realized she wanted to be a writer. S...
Title:VortexFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062093037

ISBN - 13:9780062093035


Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Engrossing Page-Turner! In “Vortex” the imaginative and entertaining second book in the “Insignia” trilogy Tom Raines and his friends have returned to the Pentagonal Spire for their second year, the mid-level of their training in the combat corps of the Intrasolar Forces. This year the stakes have grown higher for Tom and the other cadets as they are forced to pander to multinational conglomerates looking for an endorsement that will ensure their entry into the CamCos, the elite combatants fighting the war in space. But Tom isn’t like his friends. He despises the corruption and the power politics of the wealthy privileged, sabotaging his future until Joseph Vengerov, the CEO of Obsidian Corporation offering him a deal which would mean selfishly sacrificing a friend. Twisting and turning intensity and suspense gather momentum as Tom faces betraying his principles and friends only to discover his life endangered when someone he trusted divulges his plan to his enemy. Action-packed and fast-paced, Tom will make decisions that will test his friendships and pit him against a formidable enemy. Yet as the danger mounts, the tension is often broken by Vikram and Tom’s witty banter, as well as the emotional bond being forged between the two enemies. Although Medusa said she didn’t want Tom bothering her after his betrayal and win, he hasn’t given up on the scarred girl he can’t forget. The plot is filled with unforgettable and complex characters like the defiant, high-spirited, arrogant and impulsive Tom Raines; the fierce yet emotionally fragile warrior Medusa; the smart, sweet and loyal Wyatt Winslow; the obedient, humorous and sarcastic Vikran Ashwan; and the likable, responsible and empathetic Elliot Ramirez. Not only did I enjoyed seeing a brave and accountable side to Elliot Ramirez but some changes in stern, and moody Lieutenant Blackburn the cadets’ teacher, mentor and protector. Haunted by a disturbing past and with a cold hatred of Joseph Vengerov, he’s grown close to and respectful of, Wyatt’s ability, while his relationship with Tom although tempered during the story is still often volatile. It is these colourful and emotionally -charged personalities as well as a score of others who ignite this enthralling page-turner with power, passion and excitement. I thoroughly enjoyed “Vortex” although slow at first as S.L. Kincaid laid the foundation for a chilling uproar as events heated up and Tom found himself making hard and often unpredictable decisions that threatened his friendships. I rate it highly and look forward to reading “Cataclysm”.
Date published: 2017-07-29

Editorial Reviews

“An unlikely teen is selected to attend Hogwarts-at-the-Pentagon. With action, real humor and a likable, complex protagonist, this fast-moving, satisfying adventure also provides some food for thought.”