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Book 2 of 3 in Insignia (3 Book Series)

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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, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Elite teen-soldier Tom Raines is back in Kincaid’s popular Insignia sci-fi series, still battling the bad guys (aka his corporate bosses). Trained as superhuman war machines, Tom and his fellow cadets at the Pentagonal Spire are now in their second year of waging technobattle for WWIII as part of the Intrasolar Forces. Recruited for their smarts and hacking skills, the cadets maneuver through academic life, social standings, gamer-like battle skills, and the often changing rules of how to not only get ahead but, sometimes, stay alive in a world now divided through financial lines demarcated by the giant corporations that run things. A slow start may hamper some fans, though most will push through until the action again rises and the pace becomes more breathless. Tom is more self-confident in this follow-up—to the point of an arrogance that may turn off some readers—but his costly mistakes turn into lessons that may redeem him. Vortex is ultimately a technological, high-concept boarding-school tale and a mostly strong contribution to the trilogy. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Insignia (2012), the debut novel in this trilogy, has already been optioned by 20th Century Fox. A huge marketing campaign is planned for this one. Grades 8-12. --Julie Trevelyan

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  • File Size: 1426 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (July 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NG3BPI
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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