Series: Insignia #2
Author: S.J. Kincaid
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Synopsis: 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.
Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.
Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?
Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship
Vortex reminded me why exactly I usually don't like the first book in a trilogy. That sounds like a weird thing to say when you're discussing the second book in a series, but despite a lot of the same issues that had with Insignia returning in Vortex, I liked it much more. It still had a great futuristic world and unlikable characters that led to all kinds of different conflicts but here the plot was much more exciting.
And despite another book with slower pacing, the plot in Vortex was much more exciting for me. The book had tons of thrilling action scenes and even a few shocking twists. Meanwhile the general plot of the series is really taking shape and become intricate and complex. It felt much more high stakes and more cohesive. Despite the fact that I enjoy the numerous antagonists and conflicts in the book it does tend to make things muddled and confusing at times. And while Vortex did have it's moments, I think it did a much better job at setting up how all of this can and will conclude. Vortex had much more of the dystopia feel than the previous book. It seemed to be much more a critique on society and included a desire to tear down the status quo to benefit those who have been taken advantage of. And because of this fact and the more thrilling plot, I am pretty excited to see how this all ends.
I give Vortex by S.J. Kincaid an 8.5 out of 10
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow. This book is not for everyone. It will probably most appeal to a very specific audience of teenage boys who love reading Science Fiction. Or maybe Science Fiction fans in general. If you are looking for a book with a creative and futuristic world and don't mind unlikable characters than check this book out.
Have you read Vortex? What did you think? Have you ever read a book where you didn't like the characters but you still wanted them to succeed? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!