Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Split Second by Kasie West [Review]

Split Second (Pivot Point, #2)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Split Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #3
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Paranormal
Release: February 11, 2014
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
**spoilers from the first book**
Split Second takes place six weeks after the conclusion of Pivot Point.  Addie is still in the Compound, but reeling from her near death experience and betrayal by her boyfriend, Duke. Addie is Divergent, meaning she can Search the two outcomes of any given choice.  When she discovered her parents were divorcing and offering her the choice of who to live with, Addie Searches the outcomes of staying in the Compound with her mother or leaving to live in the Norm world with her father.  But after searching, she discovers one path leads to the death of her best friend.  So she realizes she needs to make the choice to stay in the Compound and to forget about the other path, which means forgetting about Trevor, the boy she falls in love with in her "Norm" path.  Addie asks Laila to erase her memories, but leaves a note telling Laila to restore the memories after everything happens. The only problem is Laila doesn't know how to restore Addie's memories.  This leads her to seek out Connor, who she hopes will have some answers for her.  Meanwhile, Addie decides to spend her winter break with her dad in Dallas and re-meets Trevor.  She doesn't remember him, but she is nevertheless drawn to him.

Split Second is a small departure from the first book.  Instead of two timelines, there is just one.  In fact, Addie does very little Searching at all.  But we do get two narratives:  Addie and Laila's.  I can't say that Laila had a very distinct voice than Addie, and sometimes I got confused about who I was reading. Or, really, had a hard time re-orientating myself after the POV changes.  But it was very minor.  There is a lot more action and deception in the sequel.  It is less a love story than a government conspiracy story, but it definitely kept me on my toes.

I really liked Connor and Laila's interactions.  He is the one person who is immune to Laila's powers and charms.  This frustrates her to no end, but it also gives them a lot of chemistry.  And, of course, Trevor is adorable and sweet.  I actually found all the characters to be endearing in their own ways.  West does a decent job of giving everyone distinct personalities.

Overall, I found it a fun follow up to Pivot Point.  I was a little sad we didn't have the divergent timelines, but I understood why.  I definitely recommend checking these books out.  Kasie West is quickly becoming a new to-go author for me.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Pivot Point
2. Split Second

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