Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

February 11, 2013 Review 4

Pivot PointPages: 320
Expected Publication: February 12th 2013 by Harper Teen
# in Series: #1 in Pivot Point series
Source: From HarperCollins via Edelweiss

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Summary from 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 & Review:

Addie has the ability to “search” her futures as long as she is given a decision she can see in the future to decide which outcome she would like and which is the better choice. When her parents decide to divorce, they leave the decision of who she will live with up to her. Her father is going to live with the “Norms” outside of the compound while her mother will remain inside the compound. When Addie searches her futures she sees two very different outcomes, both with extreme consequences…

Oh. My. God. Seriously. That was one of the best books I have read so far this year, let alone one of the best debuts this year. Holy smokes… I’m still reeling from Pivot Point. I have so much to say, so I will try to articulate my feelings properly without rambling, lol.

Let’s start with the characters. Addie was an amazing main character. At no point during the entire book did I even feel any dislike towards her. I actually didn’t question her character at all, she was incredibly constructed and I adored her personality. I loved that she questioned the life inside of the compound and often felt like they were cheating compared with the rest of the world. I also loved Addie’s best friend. I adored their one on one conversations, and reading their back and forth banter. I was really impartial to Duke the entire book, but I LOVED Trevor. Gosh, I loved Trevor.

Speaking of Duke & Trevor, this was the strangest form of a love triangle I have ever seen. And not in a bad way. Normally a love triangle consists of the three characters having somewhat close interactions with each other but that was not so in Pivot Point. I loved how she had two entirely different love interests, each in a separate path but it still was a love triangle. I loved the twist on that, and it was really constructed well.

The world building in Pivot Point was perfect. I loved this “alternate” world existing along side with the world as we know it today. I also loved the fact they referred to norms as people who only use 10% of their brains. The paranormal abilities were great. A lot of them seemed really unique to me, or at least not frequently used which was wonderful as it really provided a unique aspect for the story. There were so many great concepts that came out to play in this story… I especially loved the security aspects of everything: the palm readers to open doors and operate cars, and the holograms you turn on at night when you’re not home.

One of the other parts that I really enjoyed was how every chapter started with a definition that they played off the “para” or “norm”. I thought that was a great opening for the chapter and I hope that translates through into the finished copy.

The plot was amazing. I honestly cannot find a single fault in Pivot Point. I could not stop reading this once I got started, every chapter leaves you hanging as they alternate between her two paths. Once you finish one you are just physically drawn to the next one. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series… the way it leaves off just leaves you dying.

I absolutely recommend this to everyone. Honestly, I think this will appeal to almost everyone. It’s science fiction, but still centered around the current world so it’s not too intense, there is a wonderful romance and paranormal abilities. There is nothing more you could ask for. Love!

My Rating:

5 Stars
 Happy Reading!
xo Lauren


4 Responses to “Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West”

  1. Tina

    I’ve read a few reviews on this book and totally want to check it out. It’s in my stack of pleasure reads for the next few months (when I can fit them in).

    However, I can’t STAND love triangles. Thank god this one sounds a bit different.

    Thanks for the review! Nice one.
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    • Lauren

      Thanks Tina! Without spoiling it… it’s a very unique take on a love triangle 😛 I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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