Pivot Point + Split Second 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.
Life can change in a split second.
Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too… but not without a price.
When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.
Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories… once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.
As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot… and a future that could change everything.
I fist discovered Pivot Point years ago before its second book came out. Back then, dystopia and paranormal themed books were totally so in the hype. I found it sitting on the recommendation section on my Goodreads account and add it to my TBR list. I even got myself a copy of it. But I did not read it until now since I kind of lost interest in it for a while.
Now, skipping to my current state where I still have like a month and a half left of holiday and also am currently overbored, I decided to re-arrange my list of to-read books on Goodreads. And by re-arranging, I mean throwing out the ones I have completely no interest in reading and starting to read the ones I still have an interest in. And Pivot Point was the first book I picked up.
Considering the good, gushing reviews from trusted reviewers and also the plot in which the main character has the ability to ‘Search’ the future and a world with top-secret government stuff, I initially had a high expectation of it being the next great read. But the after effects is far away from what I had hoped for. Let’s break it down to bits as it going to be pretty jumbly.
Plot – Both books—the first and the second one—were written in switching point of views. And to be honest, I sometimes mixed them up. During the first book, yeah, I think what drives the plot is pretty convincing and good—a girl forced to choose one of her parents to live with, sees into her future for both choices, wants to choose the ones that better for her but in the end chose the other one to save her best friend’s life. But in the second book, it feels like the main drive was how to get Trevor to be Addie’s. And also Connor. Don’t get me wrong—I think these two guys definitely would fit in my book crush list—but the way these guys are introduced to the story and the way they finally got to be in the main plot is…well, sort of like we’re being told that hey, that’s their love interest. The first time they were introduced, and then bam, the girls are head over heels for them. I’m speaking meanless nonsense here, so let’s just say that I don’t really feel their background story and it’s like they’re there in the story just to be a love interest and also like the relationships there is mostly so physical so you don’t exactly know whether they are really acting on feelings inside or just physical attractiveness.
The world-building – Like I said earlier, this book presented you a parallel universe where there are like super people with abilities and also they’re own government to keep it all shut in. Sounds a bit like Divergent, doesn’t it? And yes, it’s kind of ironic how Addie’s ability is termed as Divergence. Think of Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and so on—these are good books presenting another parallel universe. And they’re good and interesting because other than having a good plot, characters, and so on, they also tell the world they’re living in, which are definitely foreign to us Norm readers. And that is what makes it more interesting. All in all, I only wished that West had written more about the world and system of these Para people, because, yeah, that would be cool and make the book more inviting. And also maybe, they find out that the system is totally screwed up and decided to break it all over—kind of like Divergent. That will be cooler.
Character – Addison Coleman – or Addie for short. Her directly latching on the one guy she met as an attempt to find a new best friend is kind of desperate. And yet, in the end, he’s the one that in the end became her love interest–the friendship here doesn’t ring true. And also the part in Split Second where she remembered the other path in her earlier Search in which she found out that she had been in love with Trevor, and then afterwards decided that there’s a hole in her chest that wouldn’t be complete unless Trevor is hers again. Laila is not helping, as she immediately suggests project ‘Get Trevor Back’, which again sounds desperate. The cover of Pivot Point might influence my judgment, but when I imagined what Addie would look like, I think of Taylor Swift and her blond hair. And yet TS herself made a career out of singing love songs inspired by her past relationships with boys.
Laila –Addie’s supposed best friend. I imagined her to be this sassy black woman with curves she’s proud of and great black hair. She’s boy crazy and a total flirt. She also has a rough home life, so maybe that also played a part in her character with all the toughness in her and also her motive. But I kind of doubt her relationship with Connor because it was like really physical from the start—she used her looks to get him to do what she wanted, but then uses him to be able to advance her ability.
Trevor – he’s named like Neville’s toad in Harry Potter. Overall in Pivot Pivot where he’s just in a Search, I thought, hey, maybe he could be the one added next to my book crush list. But then Split Second came out–not so much. He’s cool in Pivot Point because you can see his personality more. He appeared first as a friend who has no clue on Addie’s past. But then in Split Second, he knew that Addie went to Lincoln High and suspected that she also has these Para abilities. It made his motive look more like he’s suspicious of her abilities and fell for her more because of it, too, not because of her true personality. Their relationship also seemed more rushed in the second book. Anyways, have you ever downloaded the Episode game from Google PlayStore or any other device that has it? Check out the story Georgia and the male love interest. That is what I imagined Trevor would look like.
Connor Bradshaw – he’s Healer with Norm secrets. Add Grandpa and Healer is probably the ability I would like to have if I was in Addie’s Para world. He’s brooding and stuff. I couldn’t think of any people looking like him, but I imagined he would have that dark, gangster look who rides a motorbike like it’s their job.
Duke Rivers – Meh. Don’t really care much about him.
So overall, I think this book actually presents some good promises like the parallel community they lived in, but in the end was ruined by the over-romantic physical relationships and not being really convincing ending. Conclusion: a light read, but not really anything special.