Pivot Point by Kasie West

Posted April 24, 2014 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Title: Pivot Point

Author: Kasie West
Release Date: February 12th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)Note: This book is part of the Pivot Point series. As I read the rest, I will review them and link to them in this review.
Pages: 384
Rating:


Summary


Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, a special type of clairvoyant, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she is able to look into the future and see both outcomes. So when her parents tell her they are getting a divorce and she has to pick who she wants to live with, a Search has never been more important.

In one future Addie is living with her mom in the life she’s always known and is being pursued by the most popular guy in school. In the other she is the new girl in school, where she falls for a cute, quiet artist. Then Addie finds herself drawn into a murder investigation, and her fate takes a darker turn. With so much to lose in either future, Addie must decide which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she’s willing to live without.
Main Points
Review Intro
I actually started reading this a lot sooner than I would have because I was reading it with Ruby (Ruby’s Reads) for her Reading a Deux. We only got through the first week of questions before she went on hiatus, but I finished the book and loved it. I read it a while ago, so my review won’t be as in-depth as I’d like (I don’t remember it all that well) but I hope I’ll get some of the major points across.
Writing Style:
The writing’s pretty good. I also just want to add that I loved the definitions at the beginning of the chapters. So fun.

Plot:
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.
Setting
I think the Compound is really neat. Not only is it different from the Normal world because they have abilities, but it seems so much more technologically advanced as well and that’s unusual. I’m sure it reminds me of a lot of other fictional places I’ve read, but I can’t remember any off the top of my head. I did think of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, however, and even though they don’t really have much in common, they are kind of isolated and do have advanced technology.
Characters:
Addie: I liked her. I wouldn’t necessarily make all of the decisions she made, but she was faced with a lot of tough choices so who can blame her? And I also think it’s funny that both she and I clean when we are upset.
Laila: While not the perfect influence on Addie, she’s a super loyal best friend.
Duke: Eh. I didn’t really like him in the beginning. So not my type. And it seemed kind of ridiculous that he would like Addie. I’m sorry, but it really just doesn’t work like that. And I’m so justified in thinking that. But I put up with him as long as Addie liked him, because Addie liked him. To make things easier for everyone, I tolerated him.
Trevor: What a sweetie. I liked him.

Ending
I guess it wraps up pretty well? It’s kind of weird, honestly. Not entirely satisfying and kind of confusing. I won’t give it away. But I’m pretty eager to read the second book and see where it goes.

Good vs. Bad

Good:

  • Plot 
  • characters 
  • writing
  • setting
  • romance
  • formatting
Less than perfect:
  • certain characters and their credibility

Bottom Line
This book is really awesome! It kept me captivated the whole time. The formatting is new and intriguing. The characters are fun and likeable (mostly). The plot is exciting and unpredictable! Would I read more by Kasie West? Definitely! Would I recommend this book to others? Definitely!

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