Monday, December 16, 2013

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

Addison has lived on the Compound, a top secret facility home to individuals with unique powers, her entire life. Every member of her family, including Addison herself has a special ability. Her mother has the ability to persuade others to do what she wants and her father is a human lie detector. Luckily Addison is gifted with the ability to look into or search the future before she makes a decision and see the different paths she could take. She is especially grateful for this ability when her parents announce they are getting a divorce and leave the choice of whether to stay at the compound with her mother or live among the "normals" and become a naturalist like her father up to her.  Addison has used her ability to make decisions in the the past however the furthest she has ever looked ahead was one week.  For a choice this important she searches six weeks into the future, once for her paranormal life and once for her life hiding among the "normals." Addison is pleased to discover that the possibility of happiness, in the form of two hansom quarterbacks, exists in both possible futures yet she can't help but notice that danger is imminent no matter which path she takes. Addison's choice becomes much more complex as she uncovers things that will irrevocably change her life as well those closest to her.

The story unfolds in alternating chapters which rotate seamlessly between the different paths before overlapping in a suspenseful and heartbreaking conclusion. West has touched upon an interesting concept in this novel, one many of us have pondered before. We all second guess our decisions.  Wouldn't it be nice to be able to look before we leap?

The second book in the series, cleverly named Split Second, is due out in February.  While you wait be sure to check out West's contemporary novel The Distance Between Us.  For novels similar to Pivot Point, be sure to check out The Diviners by Libba Bray and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.  

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