As for Addie’s Searching power- I think it would be an interesting ability, and quite useful, given that it only takes a few minutes. But it would be so easy to get caught up in your Search World so your timeline would be completely messed up when you returned to your real life. You’d lose track of where/when you are pretty quickly. So I’d take a pass on that. It seems useful, but I think there’s a lot of risk involved. I certainly believe in learning from your mistakes, as well. It builds experience, rather than having a cheater undo button.
Now, this book also introduces an interesting spin on the controversial ‘love triangle’. I personally don’t really mind love triangles. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. I really only don’t like them when she chooses the guy I wasn’t rooting for, and that doesn’t happen too often. So for this book- I think it is essentially a love triangle, but not a love triangle. First thing to realize is that there is always going to be a guy involved no matter where you go, especially at that age. Whether she’s with her mom or her dad, there is going to be a guy. So while in her Search World it isn’t a love triangle, because there is only one, in her real life, it most certainly is a triangle because it is going to influence her decision on which parent to stay with. Which choice to make. She is going to have to choose one guy or the other. It is indeed an interesting spin on the love triangle scenario, but it is a love triangle all the same.
As for the interesting formatting- It seemed like a really interesting story, especially when I realized the whole thing was going to be- not a flashback, but a flash-forward. Most of the book will take place in possible alternate future timelines. And real life resumes at the end. It’s so opposite what you get with other books. It reminds me of the timeline structuring in the webcomic Homestuck, which I’m sure not many people have heard of but it’s confusing and awesome.
Here are some of my thoughts after reading the first several chapters:
If I were Addie, I would rather stay in the Compound. So far, the only better thing in the normal world seems to be football, and honestly I don’t really care about football or any sport for that matter. Plus there’s advanced technology and abilities in the Compound. And she doesn’t have to leave her best friend and make all new friends. She doesn’t have to hide who she is. The choice would be a no-brainer for me. I’m just interested in how things play out for her though. It may not be as easy as all that. Still waiting for the Normal world to have more perks that the Compound doesn’t. It may seem interesting to her, because she’s only experienced the Compound her whole life, but honestly it’s not that interesting. Not compared to the Compound. But that’s just an opinion coming from a Norm. Haha.
The story itself actually does take a completely different darker turn near the end. It soon becomes not about which reality is better, but which reality will spare the most lives. It gets quite intense. And her choice becomes that much more difficult. I don’t know if I would be able to make it, honestly, if I were her. I can’t exactly say she made the right choice, but we will see. But yeah, things that didn’t seem at all important in the beginning become really important- and people aren’t who they seem to be. It’s kind of fun in a scary way. You never know what’s going to happen.