SciFi Book Review: Pivot Point

Pivot Point by Kasie West

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.

Addie lives in a community of paranormals with special mental abilities. Addie can see the outcomes of decisions she’s faced with. Her best friend can erase memories. Addie’s mother can manipulate to her way of thinking (perfect for a mother!); and her father can tell if someone is lying. Addie is a level headed girl, and decides to choose live with whichever parent has the best outcome after Searching six months into both futures.

Once Addie begins Searching the futures, the chapters jump back and forth between her two choices. This doesn’t really get confusing as she quickly begins living two separate lives with very different friends. Though, the timelines overlap and converge at times as a mystery also unravels. It’s a complex and captivating story that I couldn’t put down. This impressive, YA scifi debut certainly stands out among the popular subgenre. Wholly unique with plenty of drama, mystery, romance, and suspense – Pivot Point was a surprising and unpredictable read that I highly recommend.

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