Tuesday 7 January 2014

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

Addie lives in the Compound, a place where everyone with unique abilities and use their brains at full capacity live away from the Norms (Normal People) who only use 10% of their brains. Addie's ability is Search. She can look into the future, which becomes particularly in handy when she has to make a choice and would like to see the outcome of both. So when Addie's parents tell her that they are splitting up and her Dad is leaving the Compound to live with the Normal people, Addie has to decide whether to go with her Dad or stay with her Mum. Seems like a simple choice and Addie decides to search ahead six weeks, but what she thought was an easy decision turns out to be the complete opposite.

I loved the premise of this book. It worked without it being confusing. Each chapter alternated between the different future paths that Addie could take and you could see the links between them. At the start there is one particular path that I really wanted Addie to choose, but the further you get into the story, I did a u-turn with my choice and wanted her to choose the path with her Dad. At first you think that it's an easy choice to make, but then the author hits you with a completely unexpected twist and you find that Addie can only choose one path even if it's not the one that she wants to take.

Addie was a brilliant protagonist, and seemed very mature for her age, whereas her friend Laila seemed like your typical rebellious teenager and I think if she had been the main character I would not have enjoyed this as much. However that is not to say that I would not enjoy at all.

I liked how unexpected I found this story as it just added to the element of mystery surrounding Addie's two alternate futures. When it finished I really wanted to read more. The ending left me hoping that Addie would be able to find someone from the other future that she could have chosen. I definitely want this to be a series and have heard that the next book is out very soon with Laila as the main character. So even though Laila wasn't my favourite character, I still will definitely be reading it.


Pivot Point is available to order from Amazon UK and Waterstones

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