by Kasie West
Expected publication: February 12th 2013 by Harper Teen
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: Addie Coleman is a junior in high school, but she's not your typical junior by any means, at least not in the "normal" world. In Addie's world, she is one among many who have special "abilities," which only a small percentage of the population as a whole possess. Addie is a Searcher - a Clairvoyant, more specifically Divergent. What that means is that she can see the future, but only her future, two different paths that she can choose from. Each time she does a search she stands on the point where the two lines representing her future separate, and she must then pivot and choose which one she is going to take. The Compound where Addie lives is hidden, camouflaged by a mountain range so the outside world doesn't know it exists. Everything in the future is advanced, not only the people, but everyday electronic devices, the way household items are used, etc. The kids in Addie's school have abilities which include telepathy, telekinesis, her friend is able to erase memories, and some even can move mass, and some can alter people's moods. They are trained in school to enhance and develop their abilities, while also learning about the normal world to. The only thing that is required of them is that they not tell anyone outside of their own circle what they are and what they can do.
Addie's family life has always been pretty normal and happy, or at least as normal as it can be when your mom has the gift of persuasion and your dad is a human lie detector, so needless to say she was devastated when her parents told her they were getting a divorce. She was even more devastated when they told her she would need to choose who she lived with. That meant she would either stay on the Compound with her mom, or move and live in the "normal" world with her dad. With her best friend Laila at her side, Addie decides to do a search, 6 weeks into the future, in order to choose what path she will take. Addie's searches are very real, at least to her. Everything she sees is as if it is really happening, because in a sense, it will happen. This is her story, as she stands on the pivot point of her future, watching two different paths for her life unfold before her. Both paths change her life and the lives of others in an enormous way. If she stays on the Compound, she sees a future that involves the high school quarterback, Duke, but also involves some dark and dangerous events, as well as betrayal, and even death. On the other path, she enters into the normal world and meets Trevor, who is amazing, but when the normal path intersects with the compound, she finds out some things that her friends from her old school are doing with their abilities. Some very bad and dangerous things. This threatens to tear everything apart in her new world. The path she will choose when the search is over is a very difficult decision. Will she choose the path of love and risk losing someone dear to her, or will she take the path where she will sacrifice it, and be terribly hurt, in order to save someone very close to her heart?
I really enjoyed Pivot-Point. The story is told from Addie's point of view. The chapters alternate between the two paths that Addie can take for her future, and Kasie West has done an excellent job in writing this so that it flows really well, and you don't feel like you are jumping back and forth. The plot is creative, entertaining, and intense at times. I really liked Addie's character. She is very loyal when it comes to her friends. As for the love interests, Duke, the quarterback with the special abilities, is super hot. He seems like a really great guy, has a great personality, seems to really care for Addie, but also has some deep dark secrets of his own. Trevor, the normal guy Addie meets, is also super hot, becomes a really good friend to Addie, and their relationship grows from friendship into something more, but can it survive the lies Addie has told and Trevor's ex-girlfriend, who won't give up. I liked Laila, Addie's best friend a lot to. She has had a very difficult home life, but is really outgoing and isn't afraid of anything, which can get her into trouble. The story was well paced, and I was impressed with the way West was able to portray two different futures for Addie, keeping the outcomes totally separate, yet intertwining them at the same time. The romance was great, both Duke and Trevor are quite the hotties, but I have to say I am Team Trevor all the way, though Duke did have me swooning after him quite a bit also. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It has the feel of a contemporary romance, mixed with a little fantasy, a bit of science fiction, and enough danger to keep you on the edge of your seat. It ends well, leaving you satisfied, yet wanting more. I look forward to the next book in the series and seeing where Kasie West takes the story from here.
About the Author: I love to write--too much. It's a sickness really. My debut novel, PIVOT POINT, will be published by HarperTeen Feb. 12, 2013. (Followed by its sequel a year later.)
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, my contemporary YA novel, will be published in the Fall of 2013 (HarperTeen).