Book Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Posted April 14, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 13 Comments

Split Second

by Kasie West

Split Second

Original Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen

Obtained Via: Bought 
Format Read In: Hardback
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Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

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As always, there may be spoilers for the first book in this series. Actually, I promise there will be. No spoilers for Split Second!

Split Second picks up just days after where Pivot Point left off, and for that reason alone, I’d recommend re-reading just the last few chapters of Pivot Point to ease into this book. That’s what I did, and it helped me get my head back into this world of Norms and ParaNorms. I also needed a refresher on what exactly went down at the end of Pivot Point, and I was able to jump in straight away to Split Second. 

While there are remnants of Pivot Point’s conflict, Split Second introduced some new problems for Addie & Laila that had nothing to do with the first book. Some of these I loved, some of them weren’t as important to me, but I felt that Kasie West had really nailed the sequel thing down. I get annoyed sometimes when series carry conflict over to the next book just to drag the story into multiple parts. I never felt that way with Split Second in the slightest.

Of course, now the question is did I love Split Second as much as I love Pivot Point? Not quite, but it was still REALLY good and a worthy sequel. The addition of Laila’s point of view took me a few chapters to get into, but by the end I appreciated it since it allowed us to see inside the Paranormal compound while Addie’s out in our mundane world, visiting her dad. And after a few chapter, I got into the rhythm of the book well enough to differentiate between the two voices. Laila’s story became just as important to me as Addie’s in the end, which is not what I expected to happen. I wasn’t gaga for her budding relationship with Connor, but I still thought it was fitting to her character and sweet enough.

What I really loved, though, was seeing Addie explore the Norm world for the second time–only this time, it was real. The way West wrote this was so intriguing because a few details stay the same, but of course Addie doesn’t have the same experience she would have–it’s a few weeks later after Pivot Point, she’s not going to a high school, and so she gets to see a different side of the world than she did in her search in Pivot Point.

I remember how long it took Addie to grow on me in Pivot Point, but reading Split Second, I can’t fathom why. She’s a girl after my own heart in so many ways. One of my favorite scenes in Split Second is when Addie crawls under a table at a bookstore to read a graphic novel. And she “meets” Trevor for the first time really in that bookstore, which was just too perfect. Addie has grown as a character and at this point, I think she might be my favorite main character from all of Kasie West’s books.

The way the relationship between Addie and Trevor blooms in Split Second made me both laugh and put my heart through the wringer. Since Addie’s memories aren’t restored at the start of the book, they start off on even ground. In many ways, their relationship mirrors what they would have had in Pivot Point, but with slight differences. For one, Addie meets Stephanie before she really meets Trevor in Split Second, so they become friends first. That really makes all the difference, and it was refreshing to see a different take on the “mean” girl of the first book.

The only reason I didn’t quite love this one as much as Pivot Point was more with the villains of this book. Some of the plans seem awfully convoluted, and I’m not sure I understood every aspect of it on this read. I’m sure I’ll re-read this book in the future, so I suspect, much like Pivot Point, for my opinion to shoot up even higher.

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A worthy conclusion of a story! It was reminiscent enough of Pivot Point and Addie’s choices in that book to make it so familiar, but new enough to be intriguing. Addie, Laila, Connor, & Trevor. . . I just love these characters and the world they inhabit. 4/5 cupcakes. 

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4 Stars

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13 responses to “Book Review: Split Second by Kasie West

  1. It took me some time to get into Laila’s character as well, and I thought her romance with Connor was just okay. But Addie and Trevor were just SO adorable! I loved their “first” meeting! And Trevor’s little brother was super cute. I’m glad you loved this, Stormy!

    • Stormy

      Agreed on Connor & Laila. Like I liked them, but I wasn’t INVESTED in their relationship. Addie & Trevor, on the other hand. . .

  2. I totally agree – for all the things I loved or didn’t love about this book I think Kacie West did a great job with writing a sequel. I didn’t expect to become as invested in Laila’s story as I did either. And I have to admit, as much as I loved Addie and Trevor in Pivot Point, I liked Laila and Conner more in this book than I liked Trevor and Addie. I think just because it was new and so well developed. But then I also thought she handled the differences with Trevor and Addie this time around really well so it didn’t feel stale or like she was just rehashing anything.

    • Stormy

      Yup, there were little things I didn’t quite love about Split Second, but I still completely enjoyed it and thought it was fitting. I’ve heard so many people say they like Laila and Connor! I know I’ll re-read the book at some point because I hope to see it. I LIKED Laila and Connor, but I never felt completely involved.

  3. I loved Pivot Point, but Split Second’s plot wasn’t quiet there for me. I loved the relationship between Lila and her antagonist turned boy-toy too much to dislike this book, though. Glad you enjoyed it so much!

    • Stormy

      Aw, I’m sad it wasn’t quite there for you. I definitely don’t think it was as well-plotted, but I’m glad you liked Laila & Connor.

  4. I still really need to read this one! And thanks for the suggestion about re-reading the last few chapters of Pivot Point first; I’ll be sure to do that!

    • Stormy

      I really do suggest doing that–I would have been so lost the first half of this book if the ending of Pivot Point weren’t fresh in my mind!

  5. I’m glad you really enjoyed this book i remember reading it a few months ago and liking it too although I have to admit nothing could compare to Pivot Point. That book just made me swoon WAY more than Split Second managed to do. Great review! 🙂
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

    • Stormy

      Pivot Point was so swoony! I definitely loved this conclusion but Pivot Point is my favorite(and I think my overall favorite Kasie West book, which is pretty impressive considering it’s her debut novel).

    • Stormy

      Well, at least it’s a duology so Addie’s story finishes with Split Second. I’m not always great on reading my series, but I can always handle a duology.

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