By Kasie West
Pivot Point – Book 1
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 Blonde’s Review:
What if you could look into your future and see which choice is right for you? Addie has that ability. Any time she has a choice to make she can look forward and find out. Like whether to go with a certain guy to the dance or not. Since she remembers each search into the future as if it really happened she limits the searches she does. She doesn’t want her life to get more confusing with those different realities in her head.
When her parents tell her they’re getting divorced they give her the choice of who to live with. Her mother is staying in the Compound, so she would find minimal changes to her school and friends. Her father will be leaving the Compound, meaning everything in her life would change. She loves both of her parents, so the choice isn’t easy for her. She makes the decision to search the future for 6 weeks and see what happens. She figures within 6 weeks she’ll know.
The next 6 weeks of Addie’s life are seen in alternating chapters showing the alternating realities. We watch her start to care for two totally different guys and know which guy we’d prefer to see her with. We watch as things happen on each side so we’re able to see how one event could be different with or without her present and we can only hope things don’t get worse. When tragedy strikes she knows which choice she has to make, even if it is one that will put her in danger.
I really liked Addie. She has such a fascinating ability and I can see how it would be tempting to use it but also something she’d avoid so she wouldn’t be confused. There are things to like about each reality Addie finds herself in as well as things to hate. I loved Trevor even though there were things that made me wonder if that would be the best future to pick. Then there were things I liked about having Addie stay in the Compound but other things that made me want her out of there too. Either way, her life is heading to something that could be terrible, if only she can make the best choice and stop it.
If you enjoy books where there are two futures, like Sliding Doors, then you’ll enjoy Addie’s story. Something about this story has me wanting to read the next one in this series right away. I think it’s to find out if she can get back to the reality she had to give up or if she’ll try.