Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point (Pivot Point, #1) by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on February 12th 2013
Pages: 343

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.

Thanks HarperTeen for providing me with this ARC in exchange for a honest review.

Watch out 2013 releases – Pivot Point is going to be one tough act to follow. Original, intricate, and surprising; Pivot Point is one of those great books that I will compare others to.

Pivot Point, much like NBC’s short-lived series Awake, which featured a similar storyline, focuses on one character (Addison “Addie” Coleman) and the alternating parallel lives she leads. In a tight-knit and secretive town, referred to as the Compound, a small population of humans with enhanced mental abilities, thrive. This society and its abilities have remained under lock and key for quite some time. You’ve got your run of the mill telekinetics, telepaths, mood-swayers, as well as, human lie detectors. In a town full of gifted individuals, Addie rises slightly above the rest with the ability to witness her future(s) which are all dependent on certain decisions she makes. When the book kicks off, Addie has just found out that her parents are divorcing and making her choose between which parent she wants to live with.

Unfortunately it’s a bit more complicated than just parental separation. Although her mom will remain in the Compound, Addie’s father has decided to leave and settle in a “norm” town. With some careful consideration, Addie decides to peer into each of her potential futures; life with mom and life with dad. In a matter of minutes, Addie experiences the next few weeks of two potential lives.

Pivot Point was brilliantly set-up. You have interchanging chapters between Addie’s parallel lives. One chapter you follow Addie’s continual day-to-day life in the Compound. The other – follows her attempts to fit into a norm high school and make norm friends. Even though it’s not your typical POV switch-off because Addie constantly remains the narrator, I was still skeptical in the beginning. I feared that I’d love one life more than the other. Then get discouraged whenever it’d switch to the less-liked one. Boy was I wrong! I ended up loving BOTH of Addie’s potential futures. It felt like I was getting two stories for the price of one.

Although Addie’s life drastically differs between D (dad) and M (mom) paths, you find out that there’s a lot of similarities. It was basically a case of “you can’t escape fate”. The murderer mentioned in the synopsis, is still a big problem regardless of the path Addie chooses, and certain incidents or meetings still occur in both. By Addie and the readers witnessing both possible futures, the mysteries are slowly cracked by pieces of information revealed in both paths.

I was so caught up in the suspense and romance; I didn’t want Pivot Point to end. It was fast-paced and intense with a great build-up. Bodies pile-up, secrets begin to overload and emotions run high. By the end of the book, Addie’s left with a tough decision because both paths lead to equally horrific and happy futures. No matter what decision she makes, Addie has something to precious to lose.


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