Title: Split Second (Pivot Point #1)
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
My Split Second Pre-Reading
My Pivot Point Review
My Pivot Point Pre-Reading
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This book is exactly how a sequel should be done! Kiersten White knocked it out of the park, and I'm still a little upset that it's over. I read this book in basically one sitting and it left me wanting to start the series all over again just to experience it again. This was a fantastic conclusion to the duology, and even though I wish there was more I'm kind of glad it wasn't a trilogy. It wraps up perfectly in just two books.
I really liked that Split Second is written from both Addie and Laila's perspectives. Pivot Point is kind of told from two perspectives as well (the alternate realities), but this gave a whole new depth to the story. Addie is, understandably, confused about why it feels like certain people and things are familiar when she's never seen them in the timeline she chose. Laila is conflicted over so many things, and I loved learning more about her. Her family life is rough, but she cares about her brothers and tries her best to care for them and even begins to see things from her dad's point of view a little bit. Not much, because he's still the source of their problems, but a little bit.
There's so much that goes on in this book, and somehow Kiersten makes it all seem important and related. For example, Laila's brother is two years older than most kids are when they present and still hasn't shown any signs of a mental gift. In the midst of trying to figure out how to advance her own ability, Laila tries to help her brother. I mean, that's all well and good and sisterly... but I didn't even realize how important it would be to the overall story until much later. All of the minor characters are even somehow important and interesting, and I realy enjoyed seeing familiar facfes as well as meeting new people.
The relationships in this book are really well done too. Addie and Laila are best friends, but they still disagree sometimes. Addie's relationship with her dad is strained and they fight, which is something they've never done before but is totally understandable considering the circumstances. Duke is still a jerk and I found myself wanting to punch him in the face pretty much every time he shows up. Laila and Addie both get romantic interests, and it was really fun watching their relationships develop. I still loved Trevor!
I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who has read Pivot Point. You want to read this sequel to know how the story ends! I would also recommend this duology to anyone looking for a thrilling read with romance, mystery, action, and all of the things a good thriller could have. It all seems really realistic, which is pretty awesome/kind of terrifying. A 5/5!