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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, ...

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Elite teen-soldier Tom RainRaines is back in Kincaid’s popular Insignia sci-fi series, still battling the bad guys (aka his corporate bosses). The action again rises and the pace becomes more breathless. Vortex is ultimately a technological, high-concept boarding-school tale.”
Rae Carson
“Hip, high-tech, and hilarious, INSIGNIA made my heart soar and left me with impossible-to-shake questions about technology, reality, and war.”
Veronica Roth
PRAISE FOR INSIGNIA: “Insignia expertly combines humor with a disarming and highly realistic view of the future. The characters are real, funny, and memorable. You won’t be able to put this book down.”
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—In this sequel to Insignia (HarperCollins, 2012), Tom Raines still has many lessons to learn about politics in the Intrasolar Forces. Back at the Pentagonal Spire, he and his friends continue their training as superhuman government-weapons-in-training. Even though he has been promoted from Plebe to Middle, Tom knows he will need one of the multinational corporations to sponsor him if he ever wants to advance to Combatant. Unfortunately, after a series of disastrous meet and greets with the corporate VIPs, Tom alienates them all, severely damaging his prospects. The teen persists in furthering his friendship with the lead enemy fighter, Medusa. He's offered a chance to redeem himself and gain sponsorship through Obsidian Corp., but at Medusa's expense. And he's starting to suspect that when he and his friends unscrambled a fellow classmate's neural processor, they made a very bad choice. This action-packed novel delivers intrigue right out of the gate. Tom and his friends' interactions and dialogue are more natural and believable than in the first book, making these characters more memorable. There are still moments of forced dialogue, and some characters are over-the-top. However, readers who endured the length of the first entry will enjoy the action of this installment and will eagerly anticipate the next.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Kincaid's sequel to Insignia (2012) moves beyond derivative fun to real depth. Ever-rebellious Tom Raines has advanced with his pals Vik and Wyatt to Middle Company at the Pentagonal Spire. They've reached the level where they need to cultivate corporate sponsors in order to join the elite virtual warriors who conduct the ongoing space-based war between the Russo-Chinese and Indo-American alliances for control of the moon. Tom may be preternaturally great at virtual-war skillz, but he is horrible at sucking up and almost immediately alienates every single multinational corporate head he needs to impress. Meanwhile, Tom continues to pursue his odd but intense secret relationship with crack Russo-Chinese combatant Medusa and begins to suspect that Yuri, their Russian friend at the Spire, whom Wyatt "unscrambled" in the first book, may not be as innocent as they had thought. Kincaid lays a lot down, twining her increasingly complex plot and characterizations with Tom's growing awareness of the poisonous "military-industrial-media complex." As Eisenhower feared, it has made war a way of life that enriches a very few and impoverishes the many—one corporate head has bought Yosemite as his own private playground, one of many unsubtle but all-too-plausible symbols Tom contemplates. Action fans, fear not: For all the deep thinking Tom and readers undertake, pace, adventure and fun are not compromised one whit. A surprisingly and satisfyingly rich middle volume in a trilogy that exceeds popcorn expectations. (Science fiction. 13-16)
ALA Booklist
“Elite teen-soldier Tom RainRaines is back in Kincaid’s popular Insignia sci-fi series, still battling the bad guys (aka his corporate bosses). The action again rises and the pace becomes more breathless. Vortex is ultimately a technological, high-concept boarding-school tale.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Fast-paced battles in a variety of virtual worlds will excite gamers of all levels... Insignia [will] make a popular series for readers who enjoy adventures, science fiction, and espionage.”
Rae Carson
“Hip, high-tech, and hilarious, INSIGNIA made my heart soar and left me with impossible-to-shake questions about technology, reality, and war.”
Veronica Roth
PRAISE FOR INSIGNIA: “Insignia expertly combines humor with a disarming and highly realistic view of the future. The characters are real, funny, and memorable. You won’t be able to put this book down.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062093028
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Insignia Series , #2
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 121,520
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

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. Several years, several manuscripts, and several jobs later, Ms. Kincaid now lives in Chicago, and Vortex is her second novel in the Insignia trilogy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    I really enjoyed S. J. Kincaid's first book, Insignia; it was a

    I really enjoyed S. J. Kincaid's first book, Insignia; it was a great book, but I think Vortex is even better. Kincaid is a very skillful plotter; the twists and turns in this book just kept surprising me. The interaction of the four friends (Tom, Vik, Wyatt, and Yuri) is very realistic and often very funny. People from Connecticut beware! I especially love the Wyatt character who is so smart and so very out of it -- and she's from Connecticut. Much of this book is great fun, but Kincaid also presents a future with serious problems. Tom begins to understand just how powerful are the people/corporations who are trying to control not only him but the entire world and the extreme lengths to which they will go to do just that. This was a really great sequel! Looking forward to book 3!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Love it

    I love this book it has the perfect mix of romance and adventure definetly a must read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Holy crap!

    How the heck is this series not at popular as it should be is what I am wondering. It is so crazy good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Great book

    The CT jokes kind of annoyed me (I live there), but other than that it was fantastic. It was better than the first one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Kate

    The best kinds of books are the ones that are a secret. Accept to us awsome people. ;D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Amazing

    Amazing book!! I loved this book from the moment that it was released I wanted it! I had to keep telling myself drop get to hyped up because if it doesn't meet my high expectations I would have hated the book! I read in less than a day! That's how good it was! And after I kept reading the last page over and over because I couldn't wait for the next one and it doesn't come out for a while!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    How is this not on the Best-selling shelf?!

    Vortex is incredible! The emotion you feel while reading it is unlike any other. Tom's journey as a character is moving, and it's really like an extreme high school story.
    How come no one knows this author and her books?! I'm trying to spread the word to get others to read this book - both boys and girls will love it!
    I totally support the series and wil be a fan for forever.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Sharkiesha MoFo

    This is Sharkiesha good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Awesome

    A really good book that is placed in a not so far fetched future. Buy Insignia and then this book!

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