Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)by Published 12 Feb 2013
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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 (Pivot Point, #1)" Reviews
This book was exactly what I needed to read right now. After a series of books focusing on the depressing, the gory, the serious and various roads leading to the apocalypse, Pivot Point is a refreshingly bright novel brimming with fun. From the light-hearted and hilarious dialogue between the characters, to the sheer likeability of the protagonist - Addie - who doesn't bog down the novel with melodrama and angst but leads us through a story that is completely enjoyable and practically unputdownable. I've always been a fan of a good dark tale of mystery and angst but there are sometimes when I require a read which is made up of mostly laughs, fluff and fun fun fun! But this book isn't without some heartbreak, especially towards the end, and yet I think it's all the more meaningful because the rest of the book isn't a drama-fest.
In Pivot Point, there are people secretly living amongst us with special abilities. These abilities range from lie-detecting skills to full mind-reading to precognition. Addie falls into this latter category... sort of. When faced with a specific choice, she can "search" the future and find out what her life would look like on each path and make a decision based on this. Sounds awesome! Who could ever make a wrong decision with that ability, right? But, of course, things are not quite so simple.
When Addie's parents announce that they are getting a divorce, they want Addie to decide whether to stay with her mother in the Compound where people with supernatural abilities (including her best friend) live, or to move to Dallas, Texas with her father and live amongst normal people. Addie searches each possible future to decide which outcome will be most beneficial - and discovers that her decision will not be quite as simple as she'd imagined. Two different lives, two different parents, two different boys. And while my initial reaction to yet another YA love triangle was to roll my eyes, I really do think this is quite a unique approach to it and I finished the book with every intention of picking up the sequel.
I also really liked the choice of supernatural element in this book because it opened the story up for a wider range of character-types and an exploration into how they deal with their individual abilities. Vampires are just fine but they all tend to play by the same set of rules, whereas in Pivot Point, each of them faces a very different set of challenges that comes along with being who they are. One thing that was touched upon - and I'd like to read even more about - is Addie's relationship with her parents and the way their abilities affect her. Her mother can influence people to do what she wants and her father can tell if someone is lying - so, as she confesses at one point, she does what her mother says and never lies to her father because she doesn't want them to use their abilities on her.
My only major criticism of this book is Laila, who I think behaves in a very questionable way sometimes and makes a pretty awful best friend. Who pushes their friend off a stage to make them stumble into a guy she wants them to be with? I'm willing to somewhat overlook this because the author has introduced us to some of Laila's background and I know she's had a hard time - I think with some more character development in the upcoming books we will be able to understand Laila better. And no one likes a faultless character, anyway.
Pivot Point, on the whole, is a great debut and a very fun book. If you like your sci-fi light and laugh-out-loud funny, this should be an instant favourite.
Kasie West is a certified writer of fluffy reads. Even a dystopian (sort of) novel can become fluffy when she writes it. As usual,she has this way of manipulating my feelings for her male characters. Is there something wrong with me if I admitted that I swooned for both Duke and Trevor? Lol.
The first half of the story is indeed all fluff. At some point, it was too fluffy it has become a bit of a drag. (If I used the word "fluffy" one more time here, you're allowed to hurt me already. Lol.)
But wait! It’s not all f...fur? because as you reach the second half of the story, it is there you get your action and adventure sprinkled with mystery that made this for me a very unique read.
Although the plot could use a little more movement, I still find it very unique as it revolves around Addison who lives in a top secret community where all people are endowed with super psychological powers. Addie is a special sort of clairvoyant who has to make a crucial life decision by “Searching” her two different life paths and each life path has complications, high school drama and boy trouble of its own.^^
The story wasn’t perfect and neither are the characters but as already mentioned, the author seems to have this natural control over my feelings because I really enjoyed reading this despite the flaws. In fact, I liked it so much that I’m no longer going to finish this review and read the second book instead. Lol.
Is it just me, or does someone else find the vocabulary intros for every chapter odd? Hehe.
Pivot Point, I'm not quite sure what you are... but I think I kinda loved it. I have this issue where I feel the need to categorize things. I can't explain it, I guess that's just the way my brain works. Pivot Point was really an enigma for me because I just couldn't tell what genre it would fall in. From the blurb, it clearly screams sci-fi, but when you start reading it feels so contemporary. And that was a very, very pleasant surprise because the novel kept me guessing from beginning to end.
Addison lives in a little community that is very different from our world. Everyone she knows has abilities similar to those right out an X-Men comic book. She herself can see into her future by Searching different paths for her to take. Unfortunately for her, she has to use this ability to choose which parent she wants to live with when they spring their divorce on her. So what does she choose? Door number one or two?
Throughout the course of the novel you have two of Addie's future telling one story. Her POV effortlessly bounces back and forth, revealing clues to the ultimate ending. It's a very clever way of telling a story. Time after time, I thought I would get lost due to the flip-flopping, but that was never the case. West wove both futures together allowing them to compliment each other and somehow not detracting from the story. I really have to give her major props there because this book could have gone very wrong, but it went so very, very right for me.
Now, what I didn't expect from Pivot Point was the very well assembled plot. West's ability to build just the right amount of anticipation reminds me of Beth Revis' Across the Universe series. Regardless of what you may be feeling while reading, you're going to be flipping pages. I really feel it's a skill that I don't see very often these days. So many times I found myself really hooked so much so that as I was carrying on the most mundane of tasks throughout the day, my eyes diverted to the book across the room. At that's mostly do to all the great moments in Pivot Point: From the witty dialogue, the mystery, the uniqueness of the story, to the character development of Addie.
And then there's Trevor. *sigh*
AWESOME. Guys, there's this part in the book where Addie learns some THINGS and he's there to hold her and says some really sweet THINGS and, I swear, I cried because that scene was just utter perfection for me.
But what I really loved about the book was the ending. I love how Addie didn't let her feelings for one guy to dictate which path she should choose. Her choice is ultimately based on love for her friends and kindness for others at the expense of her own happiness. I loved her for that and I wish I saw more YA heroines of this same quality.
In case it wasn't clear: I LOVED Pivot Point and highly recommend it. I thought it was just going to be a cutesy little book, but it slowly became more and more complex and intriguing as the novel wore on. It took me completely by surprise and I'm so ready for that sequel!
*ARC was provided by the author for a review. Thank you!
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3.5 stars Enjoyed reading this, and there are numerous things I thought were very well done.
-- a Sliding Doors type story, which is uncommon in YA.
-- Interesting paranormal abilities
-- some genuinely cute romantic moments
-- a story that moves quickly and keeps the reader's interest
-- a solid ending that commits to the path it takes.
A few things that could have been explored in more depth:
-- the powers are fairly straightforward, and your usual X-Men/paranormal types
-- all the characters would have benefited from more layered relationships and back story
-- I didn't really ever care for one romantic interest, and felt fine but somewhat indifferent to the other
-- a little more could have been done to separate the two possible futures for clarity
But most of all, for some reason I just never felt the stakes ever felt that high, so I remained somewhat detached from the story. Sure, there is a subplot involving loved ones being in danger (and yes, a choice that is agonizing in theory); but so much of the book deals with the
romances and uninteresting things like FOOTBALL that I just wasn't as crazy about this as I know some of my friends have been. Oh, and the ending is such a maturely promising but non-obvious one that I was somewhat disappointed to find there is a sequel planned.
All in all, it was an entertaining read for me, but ultimately not one of my favorites.
"I don't care when people think I'm an antisocial, controlling bookworm because that's what I am. It's when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem."
•I don't know how long it's been since a book kept me hooked and awake well into the night. Pivot Point did it, and this is always a thing that I not only take into account, but highly value.
In spite of this, the book does have a couple of flaws -the kind of flaws that made me roll my eyes and grunt unhappily as a form of protest against the dumbness of the teen share of the human race.
•Addie, the main character, in the first quarter -more or less- of the book is pretty pesky. Not because she wants to be, or because she doesn't know how to deal with people. I actually don't know even now why she had to act that weird, but, though I am sympathethic and even tend to connect more easily with a socially-awkward character, Addison just seemed ridiculous without an acceptable reason, not genuinely goofy, or self-conscious, or whatever. She was like a caricature of herself.
As proof of the fact that she is actually a likable main character, during the rest of the book she is perfectly fine. She may not be one of my favorite protagonists, she may not be particularly witty or smart, but I highly enjoyed her company. A thing I would have changed a bit, maybe, is the fact that the story is not character-driven at all, so much that I constantly had the impression that the characters, and Addie in the first place, simply went with the flow, as if the events themselves were what led them forward and not the other way around. But I wouldn't call this a flaw; it was strange, yes, but interesting too.
•The other characters are all well-characterized, and this means that even though some of the and I are not really simpatico (it's killing me to use this term without the right Italian agreement, but I just couldn't resist) I was able to enjoy them and their role in the story. For instance, I think Duke is one of the most despicable beings on the planet, but he's perfectly written, thus I liked when he was on the scene. I'm not a fan of the-best-friend trope because the cynical me is sure that a relationship such as Addie and Laila's is one in a million, but Laila is a good character -though boring, to me- so I had no problems.
Very well done, Kasie West.
•Trevor. At the beginning he was just fine, but then, little by little, the cuteness emerged.
"I want you to choose me, Addie," he whispers. "I want this to be real."
That sound? Exaclty, me melting and dripping on the floor.
•The plot is what I totally, utterly adored. Addie has the power to see what's in her future when she's faced with a decision that offers her a double choice. And that's what the plot is about: a huge change occurs in her life, and Addie finds herself with a choice that compels her to use her gift; the book is an alternate report of both her futures. I don't know why I am so fascinated, but the point is, I am. It bewitched, seduced and won me over in no time. If I had to rate only the plot, this would be a one thousand-star review.
•Besides, and this really is an almost unique feature, in this story there is no "greater evil" to destroy. The story is about Addie's life, period. And man, I didn't expect it to feel so refreshing, but it does.
Now I really have to read book two because Trevor. I'm a bit preoccupied because I heard there'll be also Laila's POV and as I said, I'm not a fan of hers. But still, Trevor, so yeah, bye bye.