Series: Pivot Point # 1
Published by HarperTeen on 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.
“Stay here with others like you, or leave the Compound and live in a world surrounded by people who only use ten percent of their brains.” This is the choice Addie must make when her parents tell her they’re getting a divorce and that she must choose with whom to live. As a Searcher, Addie has the ability to see into the future of either potential option. With that framework set in place, we are off! Each chapter switches between the same time period in both worlds, and we can see how the ramifications of Addie’s choices play out.
There are love interests in both worlds, and West not-too-subtly pushes the reader’s support in one direction. I initially was surprised by the major cheese factor of one of the guys, but it became clear later in the book why he was depicted that way. In hindsight, I found that refreshing, because I didn’t experience the sensation of an author switcheroo where you’re left scratching your head when the revelation does not match the character’s previous behavior.
Most of the story was light and humorous, but there was a dangerous thread running through it that didn’t makes its connection to Addie clear (at least not to me) until very close to the end. I was completely surprised – love when that happens! – but again, West left all of the clues. I think I missed them because I was so caught up in the story.
I loved this quote from Addie: “Thank you seems like too little…or maybe too much, since he couldn’t possibly understand how much I needed to hear what he just said. How much I needed to know that even without my ability, I am someone worth knowing. That every little and ridiculous quality I exhibit makes me who I am.” Addie was choked up during this scene, and it choked me up a bit, too. Sniff, sniff!
Pivot Point’s central concept may not be totally unique, but West executes it in an exciting, refreshing, and fun way. This was a fabulous start to the series. It concludes without a major cliffhanger, but I was nevertheless left wanting to read more about Addie’s life. Fortunately, a sequel is planned for 2014.