Review: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)

Review: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)Pivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Released by HarperTeen on 12 February 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 343
Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780062117373
Source: Purchased

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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 had added Pivot Point to my to-read list a long time ago, but I never really got myself to read it. Until Epic Reads announced that they were putting it on their website for a weekend, for free. So I decided to finally start it (because why not, I’m Dutch, I love free things). I didn’t get to finish it by the end of the trial, so I got myself an eBook version to finish the rest of the book.

The story starts off with Addie’s parents announcing their divorce. Her father decides to leave the Compound, to live with the ‘Norms’, while her mother stays. They give her a choice; leave with her father, or stay with her mother.

Everyone in the Compound has special powers, Addie’s being ‘Divergence’, not to be confused with ‘Clairvoyance’ (which a lot of people in this story do). She can see her own future and make her choice based on what she sees. The book revolves around those two possible futures, switching between the Norm world and the Compound world.

I liked that the story switches between both choices every chapter. Normally I’m not a fan of changing POV’s (yes I count this book as that, because basically it’s two different Addie’s we’re following), but it was just very well done in this book, and it actually made me want to read on at some points.

In the Norm world, Addie meets Trevor, Stephanie and Rowan (and some other people, but these are the three ‘important’ characters). I liked Trevor right from the start, but wasn’t really a bit fan of Stephanie or Rowan (still not a fan after reading the entire book). In the Compound Addie has her best friend Laila, her love interest Duke and his (creepy) friend Bobby. I liked Laila, and like Addie wasn’t a fan of Duke or Bobby, not even when Addie started liking Duke more.

There was a sort of love-triangle in this book, and though I am not a fan of that, I was actually rooting for one of the guys.

The story was very well written, and sometimes you could see things from one ‘universe’ happening in the other (like Laila letting out the air of someone’s tire in both stories). There was a sort off plot twist near the end, which I had not expected at all, but that is good, because I like it when I get surprised by a book.

Apart from the small bit of action near the end of the book, there wasn’t really that much action at all, unless you count the Football games (but Addie wasn’t really paying attention to the games, so we didn’t really ‘see’ anything). Though I am normally an action-person, I liked the ‘lack’ of action in this book. It wouldn’t really have fitted, in my opinion.

In the end, I really enjoyed Pivot Point, and I am definitely going to read the second book, called Split Second.