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Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 12th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
Pivot Point came up in my reading schedule at both the best and worst of times. Due to personal reasons, I ended up in sort of a reading slump for almost 2 weeks, barely having the motivation to pick up a book and do some reading. But when I did, I discovered an amazing story and just what I needed to help pull me out of the slump. It also may be one of my favorites of 2013 so far!
From the beginning, we are taken on two future paths our main character Addie is ‘searching’ in lieu of her parent’s divorce. As a divergent or clairvoyant, she is able to see her own future. The chapters alternate from one to another in a very fluid and easy manner. On one end, Addie chooses to stay in the compound with her mom and others with unique abilities like herself. In this choice, she catches the eye of the local football player and heartthrob, Duke. Now, even though I admit he did have a certain charm, I personally never fully trusted him. I think it was because, well, Addie was very skeptical of his intentions and her feelings were rubbing off on me. And honestly, boys that come off too strong and pushy don’t usually appeal to me, which was very true in this case. But in this path we also get to learn so much about their paranormal life and meet all of these intriguing characters. Addie’s best friend can erase memories, which is an awesome dynamic to pair with someone who can see her own future. I would love to explore this world more in future installments.
On the other hand, in the future played out by her choice to move out into the normal world with her father, we see an adorable friendship strike up with Trevor, who she refers to as her ‘future best friend’. It was so obvious that there was more between these two, but they were just so great and cute together! This was definitely my favorite of the two futures. I also had a good laugh with simple things that Addie had a bit of culture shock with.
As we dive further into each, we see more and more overlap. In both, there is a sort of mystery surrounding football and possible injuries bestowed upon the players outside the compound and without special abilities. Addie ends up searching for answers in both scenarios. Kind of how some say all path lead to the same destination, of sorts. It was an interesting concept and fun to see how different things could be, but also how similar. Things just started to fall into place at the same time as we put the pieces together from each future.
I kind of feel like I’m not flailing enough about how much I loved this novel! Every time I’d finish a chapter, I would be anxious to get back on that path and see what would happen next, but I found that happening for both! It made the read that much more exciting and hard to put down. Every little piece fit so well together and the ending was just… everything, and left me dying for the sequel. Craving it! I can already see what I hope will come out of it and am a little sad I have to wait a whole year to find out. But even though this took me a long time to get through, it is definitely a fast and enjoyable read that I would absolutely recommend!
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