I won Pivot Point in a giveaway where I could choose from a bunch of really cool YA books and I did a massive happy dance when it arrived. Thank you Nina! IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ FOR A WHILE, SO FREAKING GOOD! I had high hopes for it because the plot line sounded amazing, I had heard so much praise and I loved Kasie West’s other book, The Distance Between Us. Saying that, I was not disappointed, it met and exceeded my expectations. It was a amazing debut!
Pivot Point can’t really be fit into a specific genre as it really has a bit of everything. Our main character Addie lives in a hidden compound where beings with mind control powers live and learn to develop and control their powers. Addie is a searcher, divergent (yeah it was a bit weird whenever her power was referred to as Divergence cos I kept picturing Tris), clairvoyant.. whatever you want to call it and essentially that means she has the power to see the result of a choice and whether or not she should take it. So when Addie’s parents divorce and her mother decides to stay in the compound and her father leaves for the ‘norm’ world, Addie is forced to decide which parent she is to live with and so she begins a 6 week search living out two different versions of what could happen.
In each alternating chapter, a different life is lived. In one she stays home at the compound with her mother and best friend Laila and in the other she lives in the ‘norm’ world with her father as a completely normal student. The way the two searches were told wasn’t at all confusing and it was done really well because it could have easily gotten complicated. Both alternating versions somehow kind of revolved around each other whilst still being completely different. Both lifes have different pro’s and con’s and two different romances. Can I just begin saying that I LOVED the romance aspect of this book. Both interest’s were likable for different reasons and until a certain incident happened that made me sure of who I liked the most - I found likable qualities in both interests.
In her life at the compound Addie finds herself falling for arrogant and charming Duke, a football player with Telekinesis who she never thought she’d fall for. In the other she falls for normal guy Trevor whose creative and never makes Addie feel uncomfortable. There were nice subplots fitted into the story as well which presented as great underlayer and made Addie choice and story not solely based on the romance aspect of the novel.
I really liked Addie as a narrator to the story. Addie was a really likeable character and one I found some similarities to. She was sarcastic, smart and really loyal to the ones she loved and she loved reading books. I liked that she never let anyone else control her and she always stayed true to herself. She never let the romance sway her and never did anything she didn’t want to do. Saying this, I’ve come to the conclusion that Kasie West writes the best female leads as I also loved Caymen from The Distance Between Us.
“I don't care when people think I'm an antisocial, controlling bookworm because that's what I am. It's when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem.”
The ending of Pivot Point was a OMG one but like I mentioned, I was pleased with it. Whilst I was happy with the ending, I will admit that I am not happy it ended. I willed Kasie to write more so I didn’t have to wait until February for Split Second, because I was so engaged with the story. I totally understand why people loved this book because just like her other book The Distance Between Us, I LOVED THIS. It really is one I will be praising and recommending because it was just amazingly good.