Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: Pivot Point

Pivot Point
Young Adult/Suspense/Futuristic
Pivot Point/Book 1
HarperTeen/February 12, 2013

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 want to give a big Thank You to Nath for recommending this book. Once I started it, I didn't want to put it down!

I liked the premise of this right from the start.  It's that premise, the ability to see the future and choose between two different paths, that drives the plot.  The main character of Addie Coleman is a combination of inexperienced teen, intelligent young woman and someone who's integrity is at the core of her character.  Addie isn't perfect, she makes some presumptions that prove to be incorrect but she learns quickly and proves her loyalty to friends and family.  What more could you ask of someone?  

The story switches between Addie's two potential futures.  West handles the switching very well.  The reader is given enough of each future to drive the story and maintain interest but not give too much away.  I kept wanting to read more from each Search point of view until I couldn't decide which one I wanted most!  

The people in Addie's life are an eclectic mix of smart, loyal friends as well as some who are only after what they want and will use Addie to reach their goals.   The romance and suspense are well done and add to the character development.  This may be a world with people of amazing mental powers but it's also a world like our own making it easy to relate to Addie, her family, friends and there lives.  

The thing about Pivot Point is that no choice is the absolute perfect choice.   We see how Addie's choice will not only affect Addie but the people she cares about the most.  Which is why it's such a difficult one to make.

Rating: A

Pivot Point Series

Pivot Point
Unnamed Sequel (February 2014)

1 comment:

  1. Ohhhh, you got to review it before me!! Well I am soooo glad you enjoyed it, Leslie :) I thought it was a great book and different than what was out there :)

    It was so interesting to read about Addie's two potential futures, but also the way they were told - the alternating chapters - and that they actually crossed each other! that was really cool I thought :)

    now, I can't wait for the sequel!! Hope it's as good!