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Split Second (Pivot Point) Hardcover – February 11, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—In this follow-up to Pivot Point (HarperCollins, 2013), Addie leaves the Compound after a bad breakup. As a Searcher, Addie can see two possible futures, and she finds it hard to believe this is the one she chose, the one in which she is betrayed by her best friend and her boyfriend. Heartbroken, she enters the Norm world where her father decided to go after divorcing Addie's mom. In the Norm world, Addie's kind is forbidden to use their powers for fear that they will expose their secret abilities. The protagonist accidentally slows time more than once while Trevor, the Norm boy who feels incredibly familiar, watches. As Trevor begins to figure out what Addie truly is, she recovers her memories, which reveal the future she actually chose before the Compound had them Erased. Now Addie and her friends have to put the pieces together. Why were her memories Erased? What is the Compound hiding? In this fast-paced fantasy, the plot is slow to begin but takes off after the first few chapters. Recommended for readers who love dystopian stories with a bit of romance.—Jeni Tahaney, Duncanville High School Library, TX
In this sequel to Pivot Point (2013), Addie’s ability to slow time is growing stronger. She jumps at the chance to spend some time away from the paranormal and joins her father in the normal world. There, Addie’s best friend, Laila, has a note from Addie explaining that Laila can learn to restore Addie’s lost memories. (Got it?) As the two work together to uncover lost memories, they discover new secrets about the paranormal world. Though a bit heavy on the romantic sidelines, the plot is fast-paced with plenty of astonishing twists and secrets to be uncovered, which should even surprise fans. Grades 8-11. --Sarah Bean Thompson
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Addison was just as likable this time around. She has such an interesting story. This book picks up after she chose her path at the end of the first book and it was interesting to see how things play out. For one thing, she has no memory of her relationship with Trevor. She pretty much has to start from scratch with him again. I liked that they still had great chemistry and I loved how things played out with them. I fell for Trevor all over again in this one. I also liked how different her relationship was with Stephanie (Trevor's ex), its funny to think about how different things can be simply by the order in which they happen (in this case, Addison meeting Stephanie in a different way than the first book and they actually become friends).
I liked that we got Laila POV and story in this one as well. I really liked her. I also loved Connor. They had a fun relationship, I loved their banter. I thought they were good for each other.
I liked how Laila and Addison were able to mend their friendship. I love how close they are and how they'd do anything for each other.
Overall, a fun read. I liked how it all unfolded and how they all come together at the end. I'm not sure if there is another book in the series. Things were wrapped up well, but I love the characters and stories so I hope there will be more.
The concept of the Pivot Point duology was intriguing and I loved the way the author executed the plot. Addie was a likeable character. I enjoyed the fact that in both instances regarding the Norm boy, Trevor, it was never insta-love and they kind of started off as friends with a connection neither one could ignore. I completely enjoyed watching the two characters struggle with their feelings and slowly grow to realize that they were meant to be together. It was sweet, but I also loved the high stakes conflict surrounding them as well.
After reading this duology and one of the author's YA contemporary romances, I'm convinced I found a new favorite author who does a wonderful job creating stories that are full of emotion and conflict.
I loved the tests that Addie had to go through after spending the summer with her father and I enjoyed how she grew into her changing powers in order to keep everyone she cared about safe. I got all of the closure I was missing from the first book and I'm glad the story wasn't stretched out to span more books, but ended in a way that left me satisfied and happy I picked up the two books.
I highly recommend the Pivot Point duology. It's an awesome YA science fiction with an emphasis on family, friendships, and relationships. There's a reason it's so highly rated on Goodreads and was surprisingly awesome.