Series: Pivot Point #2
Published by Harper Collins, Harper Teen on 2/11/14
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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Life can change in a split second.\r\n\r\nAddie 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.\r\n\r\nWhen 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.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, 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.\r\n\r\nAs 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.
Split Second by Kasie West is the follow-up to Pivot Point, which I absolutely adored. In fact, I read it a second time the week before Split Second came out, just to make sure I remembered everything, and I’m glad I did! Split Second picks up where Pivot Point left off, and alternates chapters from the points of view of Laila and Addie. I enjoyed the new perspective of Laila, and found myself relating to her more than Addie. Laila also gets a love interest in this book – expect some scenes filled with sarcasm (my kinda girl!) and LOTS of chemistry! The problem I ran into with this book was that I liked Addie and Trevor’s relationship so much in Pivot Point that this version of their story just couldn’t measure up for me. It was still fun to read more about the characters I liked so much, and I enjoyed seeing a different side of some of the people in the “Norm” world, since the circumstances in which Addie met them had changed. There were a few twists (most of which I saw coming), but I felt like everything ended up being resolved a bit too easily in the end. My biggest disappointment in this book was when I finished and eagerly went searching for information on when the third book would be out…only to discover that there are no plans to make this a trilogy. Nooooo! Maybe I just ask too many questions, but I was looking forward to finding out more about the Compound and the Containment Committee. Even though the ending brought closure, I still felt like there was a lot more story to be told about what goes on in the “Para” world. Hopefully at some point, Kasie West will agree and expand on the story – there is so much potential here for an amazing series!