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Vortex: Insignia, Book 2

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dystopian sequel is long, thought-provoking, action packed.

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There's a lot to track, but if readers take their time, they will find the world S.J. Kincaid has created here very complete and the characters convincingly complicated. Readers who haven't read the first book in the series, Insignia -- or even those who haven't done a recent refresher -- may have a hard time remembering all the important plot points from the first book when reading VORTEX.

The other thing that's hard? This book is looonnng. There are tons of details about the various video game simulations, the futuristic world that Tom lives in -- and lots of intrigue as Tom tries to figure out how to protect himself, his friends, and the world. Tom is both impulsive and reckless, as well as innovative and brave. Readers won't be able to predict what he's going to do -- or even what he should do in many situations. This makes the book feel real and suspenseful.

Most important, as with all good dystopia, readers will be able to see pieces of our current society in Vortex -- such as our increasing dependence on technology like drones -- and they'll be encouraged to think about some pretty tough issues.

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