**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)
Pivot Point by Kasie West is the first book in a duology that is inspired by Sliding Doors. The story follows a girl named Addison who has the ability to “Search” the future when she’s faced with a choice so she can determine which path is the best to follow but as the description so perfectly states “knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice any easier.” Usually when anyone so much as mentions sports my eyes tend to glaze over and I’m immediately afflicted with the inability to process anything that’s being said to me. Had I known that Pivot Point would have a subplot so heavily focused on football I never would have read it so I couldn’t be happier that I went into this story blind because Pivot Point is absolutely a new favorite of mine. I had such an enjoyable reading experience and it’s one of few books that have actually kept me not only up but also completely awake past my bedtime because the plot is so exciting.
Our main character Addison lives in a Compound with her parents for people who have special abilities. Everyone in the compound has an ability and there are very strict rules about leaving as well as the degree to which any underage person may use their ability since they aren’t fully grown yet. Naturally, most teens view this as nothing more than a rule set in place by adults who want to maintain control over them. Addison’s power involves Searching which allows her to see two possible paths when she has to make a choice and her best friend Laila can erase memories. In the beginning of the novel, Addison’s parents announce that they’re getting a divorce and Addison has to chose whether to stay in the Compound with her overbearing mother or leave and set out into the Norm world with her lie detector father. They tell her to use her ability to see where she’ll be the happiest and from then on the novel is told in alternating chapters (one in the Norm world and one in the Compound) so Addie can make an informed decision. The events of the timelines in each future would be happening simultaneously and there are several parallels between both futures that enhance the reader’s interest in both timelines. I honestly loved the story for each path and I never wanted to read one more than the other. Despite the multiple plot lines, Pivot Point is easy to follow an each subplot feels just as important as the main story.
Like me, Addie is a bookworm and she has zero interest in sports so because football is a huge component of both timelines, it was easier to read about through the eyes of someone with similar feelings. In one timeline, Addie develops a strong bond with Trevor, a former rising football star who’s injury has kept him out of the game while in the other, Addie dates Duke, the charming and talented quarterback. Despite the love interests, the relationship Addison values most is the one with her best friend Laila. Laila has a difficult home life and she’s much more outgoing and outspoken than Addie. Their personalities perfectly compliment one another and even in the timeline where Addie leaves the Compound, Laila plays a huge part in her future. Everyone in the story, even the parents, are multidimensional with their own unique set of shining qualities and flaws. It’s easy to care for each of them and with every page the reader will feel more invested in their story.
Final Thoughts: Pivot Point by Kasie West is easily a new all time favorite of mine. The story is a fun mix of the contemporary genre and superheroes. It follows a girl named Addison who is using her ability to Search the future in order to make an important choice and the chapter’s in the book alternate between the two possible timelines. Because Addison is the focal point of each story, the simultaneous future timelines are interconnected beautifully. The characters will steal your heart from the beginning and as you near the climax you’ll be unable to let go of the book between your audible gasps. I truly think everyone should read this book!
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. (via Goodreads)