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Pivot Point Hardcover – February 12, 2013
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Gr 8 Up-Growing up in Compound, a secret facility where people with paranormal abilities reside, Addison Coleman knows no other life until her parents divorce and she has to decide whether to stay with her mother in Compound or move to Texas with her father and live in a world filled with Normals. Addison's talent is that of a Divergent, the ability to see into the future and determine which path she should take. With the help of her best friend, she looks forward six weeks and uncovers not only the chance of finding love in both futures, but also the possibility that danger, secrets, and obsession may destroy the lives of those she cares about the most. West has created an intricately woven story of two possible futures, with chapters that alternate between Addie's choices-to stay or to leave. Initially, the two plotlines are fairly divergent, but as the climax builds, the characters and stories begin to merge and the two worlds overlap. This debut novel, while not breaking new ground in the popular field of paranormal teen fiction, will appeal to those who enjoy the genre, and it is a welcome change from vampires and zombies. It will appeal to readers who enjoyed Libba Bray's The Diviners (Little, Brown, 2012) and Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall (HarperCollins, 2010).-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AKα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
What would happen if you could see into the future and then choose the better of two options? Addie Coleman has this ability. She is a Searcher living in the Compound, the southern Texas home of the most gifted individuals in the country. When her parents decide to divorce, with her mother staying in the Compound, and her father opting to live in the normal world, she decides to use her ability to help her choose with whom to live. In alternating chapters, West lays out each scenario. In one Addie stays in the Compound and falls in love with Duke Rivers, the star quarterback. In the other she lives in the normal world with her father and again falls in love, but this time with Trevor, also a quarterback, who has been intentionally injured by Compound players. Obviously, it’s a difficult choice, but one she must make. West takes a rather predictable yet intriguing premise and infuses it with a conclusion that will surprise and please the romantic teen reader. Grades 7-10, --Frances Bradburn
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When I first picked it up I was worried that the dual timelines would be confusing, but they weren't. I was easily able to follow along with both timelines and while I enjoyed one more than the other, I thought both were extremely well written.
I used to absolutely love paranormal YA, but lately it's been so inundated with mediocre and bizarre crap that I've been leaning more towards character driven contemporary stuff instead. Kasie West has done a great job here of writing something that is in the paranormal genre, but is so focused on the characters that the paranormal part is more of a sub-plot instead of being the main focus.
Addie is our heroine and she can see the future, sort of. When given a choice, Addie can see where each one will lead and it gives her the opportunity to pick which one she thinks is better. The big choice of this novel is who to live with after her parents divorce - mom inside the paranormal compound, or dad in the 'real' (mundane/normal) world. The majority of the novel follows Addie living out each choice in alternating chapters. Each choice comes with some devastating consequences and following Addie as she figures things out and makes some really tough decisions is actually really fun.
I LOVE a book that is so good I can't put it down. I love nothing more than being kept up until 3am finishing a novel, or reading at stoplights and in lines at the store because I HAVE to know what happens next. Pivot Point is one of those books! The pacing is phenominal - I never got bored. I never found myself skimming as I do in so many other books.
The end is satisfying, but definitely leaves a lot of questions unanswered and I have to say, I'm REALLY anticipating the sequel to this novel! Great debut novel by a new author! Definitely check this one out!
Kasie West pens the story for us as it unfolds in Addison’s life. Each chapter switches from PARA to NORM so that the reader can stay in tune with the timing. I’ll give this one five stars.
Mystery, suspense, drama, intrigue, romance and fantasy fight a page turning battle for your attention in this novel as well as the sequel. (Split Second). Did I mention murder? This is an excellent read.
Addison is a Divergent, a type of clairvoyant with the ability to Search between two paths of a decision to determine which one to choose. I initially thought the storyline would be difficult to follow, because every other chapter alternates between her two choices, living with her mom or moving with her dad after their divorce. I might have had that difficulty if not for the fact that I never put the book down. I started the second book Split Second immediately after this one...
Other people at the compound have abilities, but none like her. Her parents come to her and drop a bomb. They're getting divorced and Addie has to decide who she wants to live with. Her Mom, who is staying in the compound, or her Dad who is moving to the "norm" world.
It's a tough decision, but there are far greater worries involved in this decision. Her best friend suggests that she search it. How Kasie West wrote this book was phenomenal. It took me a minute to figure out what she was doing. This book will not disappoint you!
I love the way the story was told. I was so worried when we first met Duke and then later Trevor is introduced. I felt so torn on which path to choose but something kept nagging me about one of these guys and I was pretty much convinced which team I was on after Chapter 20. But of course, I just knew what was going to be the major deciding point for Addie and it's basically what I love about this book. Aside from all the cute swoony romance, of course!
I seriously want to reread this series again. I'm still left thinking about this fictional world and feel like I actually lived in it.