Review: Pivot Point (DAC)

March 17, 2013 Review 26

Review: Pivot Point (DAC)
Pivot Point by Kasie West
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 352
Release Date: Pivot Point #1
Series: Pivot Point #1
Genres: Science Fiction
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.

This was absolutely fantastic.Could you imagine the burden you would carry on your shoulder if you happened to make a wrong decision in life? A decision that may end up costing someone their life?

Addie understands that pressure, because she can see the future, only her own, though. When presented with two choices, Addie has the option to Search the future to see the outcomes. Sounds like it might come in handy, but could you handle always seeing the other choice-the one you didn’t make? Is there such a thing as too much knowledge?

I didn’t have any expectations when first starting PIVOT POINT, I really didn’t know what to expect. Needless to say, I wasn’t thinking I was going to get my heart torn in two different directions repeatedly. I became emotionally invested with Addie and both of her lives, each moment more precious than the last because you know there will be only one outcome.

Addie is told the news of her parent’s divorce. Her parents are making her choose between them because Addie can Search and see which outcome is preferable.  So begins our journey into two alternate futures, both containing happiness and both containing horror, and only one can be chosen. Knowing this, as readers, is heartbreaking,

“Sometimes I feel like I’m slowly floating away. I’m constantly looking for something to grab on to so I don’t lose myself.”

Excellently written supporting characters are abound, some shrouded in mystery-and some with motives clear as day. The diversity is refreshing, each character relatable in their own way. The mystery was chilling, its effects taking a toll on the characters without us knowing. This meaning, we knew only what Addie knew-which wasn’t a lot, and only make the suspense worse.

Really, my only complaint with this was that it was hard to follow at times. We are, after all, living in two different stories, two different lives, and that alone made it confusing. This isn’t a book you’ll want to put down for a few days and then come back-you won’t want to anyway. I was hooked from the beginning, and each page only made me fall harder.

I will be reading the sequel, because after that ending-who wouldn’t?

I suggest this to fans of YA who are looking for something fresh and different in the genre.

I am reading this for the Debut Author Challenge of 2013 hosted by Hobbitisies book blog.I list the books for my 2013 challenges here.


26 Responses to “Review: Pivot Point (DAC)”

  1. anothernovelread

    Another great review for this book! I really need to read it soon. I didn’t realize Addie’s parents were MAKING her choose because of her ability. What a burden to put on their child – sheesh!

  2. Megan TheBookBabe

    Wow, this sounds great! I like the idea of alternately seeing two different…universes? Outcomes? Whatever you wanna call it– I think it sound fantastic! Addie sounds like a really deep character, and I love being emotionally invested in characters! Lovely review, Alise! (:

  3. Aman

    I love the different reality theme and I feel like I would get confused with the alternate chapters but I’m not going to give up on it. Great review! I’m definitely going to read it soon :)

  4. Bec

    This is the 3rd 5-star review I’ve read for PIVOT POINT. It’s making me frustrated that I don’t own it yet. I want to experience dual heart breaking timelines!

  5. Kezia D

    To be honest, I didn’t really “care” about this book a couple of months ago, but after seeing so many positive reviews, this actually sounds promising! Plus, the cover is awesome. I hope it gets released in Indonesia ._.

  6. Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    This sounds so amazing! I’m excited about Kasie West and her future writing prospects. Hopefully I will be reading this soon and I’m pretty sure she has another book coming out soon. It sounds kind of whimsical to me because I’m thinking it like her seeing both lives at the same time and at the end it’s just her choice. I don’t know why this would need to be a series. It looks good on it’s own.
    I would not care if it would be hard to choose. This is a really great ability that I would love to have. You kind of also learn from mistakes by looking at the mistakes you might make which makes this a win win. You learn from your mistakes and get to pick the right choices next time. Lovely review as always (:

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      Yeah I think she does too. I hope you really like it when you get a chance to read it! It was kind of a standalone, but let’s just say I’m so glad it is a series! I think you might change your mind once you read it! Thank you :)

  7. Judith

    I’m so glad you loved this book! I thought the alternate storylines and especially THE ENDING were so well done, and I basically wouldn’t mind having a power like Addie’s haha. Can’t wait to see what the next book will bring! I hope there’s another choice ^^ Lovely review!

  8. Kelly

    I’ve got this sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. I’m so excited to see how the two futures are dealt with, and all I’ve heard from other people is how great the ending was!

  9. dragongirl

    Yay, so glad you loved this too! I agree, it was a little hard to follow at times. Such a unique read, though. Lovely review!

  10. Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my review of Pivot Point. It means the world to me for my reviews to get noticed as I understand it probably does for you and every other blogger. I wasn’t going to read Pivot Point until my sister told me I should read the novel. Once I started I couldn’t stop. I loved every second of Pivot Point. I got really close to Addie and I was sad, but happy at the end. I fell in love with Lalia too. I clearly had a favorite guy. Thanks for the great review.
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    • Alise

      Of course :) Thanks for stopping by as well.

      I think someone rec’d me Pivot Point too, which was the reason I read it. Got to love people who give you great books to read!

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