I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 12th, 2013
Genres: Parallel Universes, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Whoa. I didn’t expect it, but Pivot Point blew me away. It’s seriously a stunning debut. It hooked me from the first chapter and never let me go after that. Should you read this? My answer is a resounding yes. Let’s take a look at the reasons why.
This is a stunning paranormal world. Addie lives in a community of gifted humans with supernatural powers. No, they don’t fly or have super strength. They have mind powers (seeing the future, telekinesis, persuasion, etc.). However, they live completely closed off from the outside world, and their existence must be kept a secret. Okay, tell me you don’t find this intriguing, unique, and beautiful, and then I’ll tell you you’re a liar, with my lie detector powers. But more than just how awesome the concept is, the world building is beautiful and well integrated into the story. Throughout the novel you gradually get more clues about how exactly that world pieces together. And after reading other novels where there are so many holes in the logic and world building, I can confidently say that is not a problem here. This world is beautiful. I just want to hug it.
Excellent pacing. So the story unfolds that Addie is confronted with her parents’ divorce and she must choose the one to live with. From that point on, you get treated to alternating chapters from each of the two choices as she examines both future paths. It is brilliantly done. Each storyline was captivating and towards the end, they get more and more entertwined. Basically, this is a page turner, and I really regretted having to put the book down to go to sleep last night.
The plot is the best combination of a touching, light contemporary-like story of a divorce, moving to a new place, and eventually falling in love combined with a terrifyingly tragic murder mystery, all set in this intriguing supernatural world. Basically, you get confronted with tons of different feelings and emotions, and it all just sucks you in. Those last pages are absolutely heartwrenching. There were a few plot twists that seriously had me gasping and trembling.
Addie, our main character, is a joy to read about. She’s very relatable and real, but what’s most interesting about her is how you see her grow in different ways between the two different timelines, because the events that unfold shape her in different ways. It’s not particularly her personality that shines to me, but it’s her development and her relationships with the other characters.
Trevor. Just. Trevor. In the category of drool-worthy boys, this guy should get an award. I loved him from the very first mention. His dialogue with Addie was always super sharp and fun. And the build up to their relationship was brilliantly done and well paced. The romance was beautiful but it was subtle and didn’t take center stage over the plot.
My true reactions to the ending? “There’s a sequel, right? THERE IS A SEQUEL RIGHT? YES. Okay. Good. And it should just be rainbows and sunshine and Addie and Trevor. Forever.” Seriously, I can’t wait for that. There’s no cliffhanger here – it’s a true conclusion to the story, but one that still has me begging for more. In other words, it’s the best kind of ending you could ask for.
Summing Up:I am just so absolutely thrilled I picked this up. It was engaging from start to finish. The world building has left me with hearts for eyes. The pacing was brilliant. The characters and dialogue are just awesome. And overall, this is a novel that you can think about for quite a while and pull different messages away from. I just want the sequel now. And I will be eagerly awaiting anything else Miss Kasie West brings to the table. This powerful debut has me completely convinced of her writing prowess. ♥
This is me, pretty much, right now.