Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Title: Pivot Point
Series: Pivot Point #1
Author: Kasie West | Website
Available: Now
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Sci Fi
Source: Amazon Vine

Synopsis via Goodreads:

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.

My thoughts:

Ever had to make a tough decision? Wish you could see both paths before deciding? That is exactly what Pivot Point's protag, Addie, can do thanks to her gift of divergence. In Pivot Point we are first introduced to Addie in a hidden compound where gifted folks live. They have these crazy mind abilities like persuasion, telepathy and telekinesis, just to name a few. When her parents decide to divorce she must choose between living with her mom in the hidden town or going with her dad and living with the "norms" (people like you and I). So of course she uses her ability to see which choice is best, but nothing could have prepared her for what happens during her "search".

I loved that the story was told while Addie was in search mode, alternating each chapter between life with her mom and life out in the normal world with her dad. I was really impressed with the pacing and how the author kept the alternating story lines from getting jumbled. The world building in Pivot Point was top notch. Both main and secondary characters were well developed. The author really did a stunning job. The ending was absolutely fabulous, although somewhat predictable. I knew what was coming, but the author's ability to wrap up the story so seamlessly left me wowed.

I'm so excited to see more sci-fi hitting the shelves of the YA section and can't wait to read the next book in this series! Even if you don't consider yourself a fan of sci-fi I highly suggest giving Pivot Point a try. I don't think it will disappoint.  


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