Vortex (Insignia #2)
by S. J. Kincaid
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Kindle eBook
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars)
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.
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 deeper and darker themes in this second book made it almost better than the first, while expanding on Insignia and altogether making this a very successful second book of a trilogy.
Though some of the character’s actions in the ending of the book frustrated me a little bit, it all made sense, and really left me wondering what could happen in the last book.
Quote: "People kill over money and over love, but nobody ever kills over gnomes."
Under the cut I’m going to do some spoiler-y rambling. You’ve been warned.
August Books Photo Challenge | Day 16
Favorite Fandom goes out to everyone who reads H.I.V.E! Everyone in this fandom is so nice and I love everyone and everything in this group. Do unto others!
(Also, look at how rainbowy Aftershock looks like in sunlight. It’s so cool)
Books & Cupcakes Photo Challenge | Day 13
"Bookish Item." The shirt and pin I got at Rick Riordan’s ‘Talking Volumes’ appearance last fall.
THE “WE LOVE BOOKS. WE LOVE BLOGS.” PROMO.
I say we like there’s more than one of me, but there’s not. It’s just me. And I love books. And I love blogs.
So here’s the thing - if you are a book blog with a focus on YA, reblog this post, and I’ll be rounding you all up in a giant masterpost of promos that I will then share with all of our followers. Because I like you, and without you, this blog couldn’t exist.
I only ask that you reblog instead of like because some of you run your blogs as sideblogs and so I will then know which blog to use, or run multiple blogs, and it just makes things easier.
I will stop cataloging blogs in two weeks (August 26) and will have the promo up on September 1st. Please reblog by then or you will not be included.
Thank you and keep spreading the YA love!
[EDIT] While I appreciate you following the blog (and I do I do I love it!), if you choose not to follow it for whatever reason and want to be on the list anyway, go ahead and reblog. I ain’t gonna hate just ‘cause you want your dash clean.
This is such a great idea!
(Pretty sure this is number two? If not than… psh. Now it is.)
I went to Boston for two-ish weeks, and of course I come home with more books. (At least it was only two this time!) I bought ‘Since You’ve Been Gone/ at The Coop bookstore in Harvard Square- they have pretty much any type of book in that store. It’s fantastic.
I bought ‘The Manga Guise To Physics’ at the MIT Museum. There was also a manga guide to calculus and electricity.
Maybe if I like this one I’ll try to track those down too.
As of right now I’ve read ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ and flipped through ‘The Manga Guide to Physics.’
Also, earlier in July my parents were kind enough to stop at a Barnes and Noble to pick up some samplers for me while I was busy at a swim meet. I had only really wanted ‘The Young Elites’ but they ended up taking one of everything that the store had. Along with these samplers there were also some freebie comics and two posters- one for The Testing series and one for the anime of Sword Art Online!
Books & Cupcakes Photo Challenge | Day 12
"Sunny Book Cover." I lucked out with a very sunny day today, so this ended up as a book with sunshine in the cover in sunlight.