by Kasie West
Original Publishing Date: February 12, 2013
Length: 343 pages
Obtained Via: Won
Format Read In: Hardback
View from the Traffic Light:
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.
I had a suspicion of it before, but Pivot Point confirmed it for me: I am a HUGE fan of Parallel universe stories. I like being able to see the way two different things will play out while knowing more than the characters, because I’m an evil reader like that. And Pivot Point reminded me of all my favorite parts of parallel universe stories.
Not only do we have parallel choices in Pivot Point, but also superheros(basically), and um, it’s set in my home state of Texas, so that always gets a nod. Now, the words “superhero” does not sound that great to me. I picture cheesy Superman comics. However, I really liked the idea of the ParaNormals, their talents/abilities, and The Compound. The idea behind the Compound was so cool–a whole city, basically, hidden from the rest of the world where people with special abilities live and teenagers go to school to work on honing their specific abilities.
I really admire Addie’s ability to use her talent with restraint. Not going to lie, if I had her ability to look at two different outcomes of each decision, I’d probably use it more than would be healthy. The majority of this story(at least 80%), is Addie’s search when her parents tell her about the divorce. It makes for a really interesting reading experience because while both realities are intriguing enough in their own right and keep my attention, there was a little voice at the back reminding me that this wasn’t really the story yet. It could be, depending on which future Addie choose, but at the moment the story’s told, it’s a search.
There’s a love triangle in Pivot Point(kinda), but I’ve decided I really like parallel story love triangles. Because generally the two sides of the triangle don’t know each other, there’s no animosity. Instead, love triangles can serve a point in the story of showing two different sides of the main character. I was never a fan of Duke, Addie’s potential love interest in the Compound, and really liked Trevor, the “norm” boy. Even with the love triangle, it never overshadowed the plot.
My only real complaint with Pivot Point is that it got off to a bit of a slow start. After the world’s set up a bit, the first few chapters are quite. . . normal. Nothing out of the ordinary, mainly just Addie adjusting to a new life. While that would be fine on its own in a contemporary, I thought the premise of this book warranted a pace that was just a little quicker than what this book actually was at the beginning.
Final Impression: Other than a little issue with pacing at the beginning, I REALLY enjoyed Pivot Point and it’s take on parallel realities. Addie’s an interesting main character and I have a feeling I’ll like her even more in Split Second, the sequel. This was a really original story that I flew through. 4/5 cupcakes.