**Warning! If you haven’t read Pivot Point which is the first book in the duology by Kasie West, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
Split Second by Kasie West is the second book in the Pivot Point duology and it is everything I wanted out of this story. Split Second picks up after the events of the first book, as if Addie has chosen to live with her mother and the events in that timeline have played out, and those in her father’s timeline have never happened. Needing an escape from the reality of the horrific timeline she chose, Addie decides to go and visit her father in the normal world for 6 weeks. Once again, Kasie West’s character, plot, relationships and writing had me completely engaged and I ended up loving Split Second.
Since Addie has left the compound but there are still important events going on there, the narrative switches between Addie and Laila (whereas in the first, each chapter was narrated by Addie in each possible timeline). I really loved getting more acquainted with Laila’s voice and becoming more familiar with the struggles she faces with her family and her guilt over Duke from her actions in Pivot Point. Laila gets entangled with some questionable people in Addie’s absence but it’s all in an attempt to help her best friend. The way Laila’s storyline plays out in Split Second is an exciting tale that’s the perfect mix of snark, charm and will have you feeling sympathetic. Plus, Laila gets a love interest. And an actual love interest, not just a boy she wants to make out with and then get rid of and it’s honestly the most adorable relationship ever. I ship them so hard<3
Meanwhile, in the norm world, Addie is dealing with her evolving powers and the fact that she has all of these memories and familiar feelings for people she is supposedly just meeting, most specifically of Trevor (her love interest in her dad’s timeline from Pivot Point). Suddenly, Addie develops the ability to manipulate time in a way she was never capable of before. She makes the mistake(?) of using those powers in front of Trevor several times, a serious infraction that the Compound would punish her for, and he begins to get suspicious of her. It’s so difficult to see them in anything other than a romantic relationship but I was just so happy they got to have more interaction because their relationship is so swoony. In Split Second, there’s another mystery afoot that’s keeping the stakes high throughout the story. Addie’s father has lied about something very important involving their family and they’re also being monitored by agents from the Compound. Things get SUPER intense and just like in Pivot Point, Kasie West will have you unable to put this second installment down until you know the truth.
Final Thoughts: Split Second is the conclusion to the Pivot Point duology by Kasie West and if you’re hesitant to read it because the first book is so perfect, fear not, Split Second completely honors it’s predecessor and the story lives up to that of the first installment. One major change is there is now a dual narrative between Addie in the norm world and Laila in the Compound. It’s a pleasure to spend time in Laila’s head as well and there is another mystery that’ll keep you completely engaged in the story. Kasie West’s characters are everything and you’ll be rooting for each of them (minus Duke) throughout the book. If you’ve read and loved Pivot Point but haven’t yet read Split Second, you absolutely must. It gives such a satisfying ending to Addie and Trevor’s story.
Life can change in a split second.
Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too… but not without a price.
When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.
Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories… once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.
As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot… and a future that could change everything. (via Goodreads)