Author: S J Kincaid
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Length: 390 Pages (Paperback)
Release: July 2013
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
This is the stunning follow-up to Insignia. This series definitely does not suffer from middle book syndrome.
Tom and his friends are still in training at the Pentagonal Spire and now have to try and schmooze there way into the good graces of the top tier of society-the organization directors. But of course this proves difficult for Tom, who doesn't like to bend for anyone.
In this installment we see Tom, Vik, Wyatt, and Yuri's relationship tested as it never has been before. You see them grow apart, grow together, and grow up. Sometimes it's painful, but it's all worth it. There's also new information on Blackburn, a character who lives between morally gray lines.
The world in this is frightening and fascinating at once. It's really well crafted and pulls you right in. All of the simulations that Tom and his friends go through are thrilling. You never know when something crazy is going to happen or in what form it will appear.
More information about Medusa is made known, rounding her character out more fully. And yes, you find out her real name! There are some great moments between her and Tom. And some terrible ones. It all depends on perspective.
This book made me laugh and it nearly made me cry. It was extremely powerful. And that ending was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi for young adults that focuses around computers and a society ruled by technology.