Pivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 12th, 2013
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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.
One of the first parallel universe books I’ve ever read, Pivot Point has made me an immediate fan of the genre! With intelligent and witty characters, simple, but well thought-out world-building, and a fantastic concept, Pivot Point was a page-turner from the first few chapters!
My biggest fear going in to Pivot Point was how complicated it was going to have to be, for me to learn not only about two completely different futures, but about a whole new world where people possess those kinds of powers! Fortunately, Pivot Point is set in modern-day USA so the basis for West’s world-building was one I could easily believe in. The Compound where the Paranormals lived was described loosely, but in enough detail that I really didn’t need to probe further, and the bits and pieces that were dropped throughout Pivot Point helped to build a relatively complete picture of Addie’s society. While I know there were definitely a few details that nagged at me periodically, I enjoyed everything else Pivot Point offered so much, that any minor grumbles I had towards the world-building have been promptly forgotten. [Read more…]