Author: Kasie West.
Published: December 31st 2013 by HarperTeen.
Sort: Pivot point #1.
Source: Debby gave me her ARC copy.
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.
The thing I loved about this book was the simplicity. A lot of sci-fi books can be difficult to follow, but Kasie did a wonderful job with her world-building. There is a part of the world where everyone is born with powers; the so-called mental abilities. The story follows Addie, who is able to see different paths when she decides to ‘Search’ when she has a choice to make. This time it’s the question: will she go with her father or her mother after the divorce? Her father will leave the Compound to go into the Normal World, her mother will stay.
This is how one of the best love-triangle-ish romances is introduced. There is one choice with Duke and one with Trevor, a boy who stole my heart from the moment I met him. After 5 pages of Trevor I was already rooting for them.
What I also really liked was the role of her best friend. She doesn’t just disappear when the plot kicks in, but she plays a steady part in Addie’s life. Her ability also comes in handy for Addie, even when it’s perhaps a bit too convenient. It also also interesting to see the two different paths Laila will have based on Addie’s pick and it was amazing how Addie took that in consideration. This is why I liked Addie so much. She cares for the people around her and she will make choices based on clever actions instead of emotions. I also thought it was interesting how her ability worked out. It’s great that she has to ‘turn her power on’; she is in complete control of it.
I was surprised how the stories came together. The two different paths meet each other on a certain point and that overlap was subtle and nicely done. I was sometimes a little confused (every chapter switches between her life with her father or mother), but I think it was a good choice to write the story this way. Some of the twists caught me off guard and that's why I read the sequel right away.
Author: Kasie West.
Published: February 11th 2014 by HarperTeen
Sort: Pivot point #2.
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? 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.
The plot was good. We find out there is more behind the Compound then we realized. They aren't as nice as they appear. It was interesting to see how Addie and Laila both have to deal with problems in their life. Everything wraps up nicely, but there was still something about the ending that made me wish there was more.
Nevertheless, a great duology that I will recommend to everyone. Kasie West will make you addicted to her writing.