Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review - Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)Review: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Pages: 352
Series: 1st 
Published: February 12th 2013 by HarperTeen 
ISBN: 9780062117373
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Description: 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.
I Give This ...

Every once in awhile a book comes on the radar that has an idea that seems so fresh and new that I can't help but be excited about it.  That's what this one was for me.  And, I am so happy to report that this lived up to my expectations.  
At first I was a little confused about this special town and the powers the people possessed.  The different terms used to describe the people are specific to their powers and aren't very well explained.  Some of the terms make perfect sense, but others don't.  It took awhile to get use to it.  But once I understood how it all worked, I found that I really enjoyed the idea behind it all.

I found Addie to be particularly fascinating.  Her power is an anomaly.  She can search into the future how specific decisions will play out.  I can't imagine knowing how each decision could be influenced in that manner.  Each potential future is told through alternating chapters.  I thought it might be a little hard to follow, but I found that I had no trouble.  What was amazing to me was how each future had the potential to overlap.    It's one of the instances that it clearly shows how much thought the author put into her story.  Each little detail coincides with another event in the other future.  It was absolutely amazing to me.

I also found it extremely interesting to watch how each future played out.  The idea that know matter what choices you make, you might be predestined to be in specific places and specific times.  The people and events might change slightly, but you will end up exactly were you are meant to be.  I also really enjoyed the ending, although it felt a little rushed after Addie makes her decision which future to live out.  But, I've found it's a hard gap to write about (that moment between the future she's seen and when that actual moment arrives).  

Overall an awesome book!  I'm really excited to see where the story goes.  I have no idea how this will play out into a series.  

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