Review - Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

Split Second (Pivot Point #2)
by Kasie West

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.

Source: I purchased a Kindle copy

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I enjoyed Split Second and the fact that it gave me some closure as to what would happen with Addie after she chose her path and lost the memories of her Search in book one. She obtained new powers and connected with family members, while also uncovering secrets within her Compound. Her best friend learned a lot about the Compound and gained a sense of empathy and compassion after connecting with a boy named Connor, who had memories that couldn't be erased. Each character grew immensely and had to face major conflicts.

The concept of the Pivot Point duology was intriguing and I loved the way the author executed the plot. Addie was a likeable character. I enjoyed the fact that in both instances regarding the Norm boy, Trevor, it was never insta-love and they kind of started off as friends with a connection neither one could ignore. I completely enjoyed watching the two characters struggle with their feelings and slowly grow to realize that they were meant to be together. It was sweet, but I also loved the high stakes conflict surrounding them as well.

After reading this duology and one of the author's YA contemporary romances, I'm convinced I found a new favorite author who does a wonderful job creating stories that are full of emotion and conflict.
I loved the tests that Addie had to go through after spending the summer with her father and I enjoyed how she grew into her changing powers in order to keep everyone she cared about safe. I got all of the closure I was missing from the first book and I'm glad the story wasn't stretched out to span more books, but ended in a way that left me satisfied and happy I picked up the two books.

I highly recommend the Pivot Point duology. It's an awesome YA science fiction with an emphasis on family, friendships, and relationships. There's a reason it's so highly rated on Goodreads and was surprisingly awesome.

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