Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
The story was pitched as a Sliding Doors concept what with the reader seeing two possible outcomes based on a single act/decision. Since I love this movie, I was all for a book that explored a similar idea and (for the most part) Pivot Point didn't disappoint. Here's what I loved about it:
Swoon Times Two
This book has one of the most creative uses of a love triangle that I've ever read. Before you start groaning, I should probably qualify that by saying that it's not a true love triangle because each relationship occurs in a separate possible outcome. Life with the Paras in the Compound yields one romance, while life with the Norms yields another, so it's largely angst-free. Personally, I felt the Norms won this round by a landslide. ♥
While I would have liked to see a little more of the Paras 'powers', I'm confident that the author will deliver more of this in the next book. (Yes, it's a trilogy.) What we do get is fascinating, because it doesn't portray having powers as being all cakes and pies (ie. spectacular)—sometimes there are major drawbacks that we might not have initially realized. (Example: One character is addicted to drugs because he's trying to escape having to hear everyone's thoughts all the time.) Aside from Addie's ability to search outcomes, there are people who can alter moods, shift mass, erase memories, detect lies, and even persuade you to do the things you'd rather not. At times, I got a Sky High or X Men kind of vibe, which is just AWESOME.
Element of Mystery
While Addie is searching life with the Paras versus life with the Norms, there is a bit of mystery thrown into the mix that affects both outcomes to varying degrees. This takes the story from being simply about choosing where she's going to live and who she's going to date to making tough choices about what she's willing to lose. I think I would have enjoyed this book even without the mystery, but it was definitely the icing on the cake.
Mixed Bag of Awesome
- Because this story explores two separate outcomes, the chapters alternate between life in the Paranormal Compound and life outside the Compound with the Normals. Each chapter starts with a definition that either includes the root PARA or NORM. I thought this was totally fun and helps remind the reader that they're about to switch to the other outcome. (For example: PAR•A•digm: n. something that serves as a pattern or model.)
- I've already mentioned this, but it can't be said enough: SUPERPOWERS.
- Both Duke and Trevor are (were) quarterbacks for Texas high schools, so that lent the story a bit of a Friday Night Lights feel at times. For those of you not into football, this isn't a football story, so never fear.
- While this book is probably classified as sci-fi, it was interesting that the Norm world seemed like it was set in the present while the Paras were far more technologically advanced. This made for some funny moments when Addie was trying to adjust to life with the Norms.
I really enjoyed Pivot Point, and if you like swoonworthy boys, superpowers, and a dash of mystery then you will too.
One teensy beef: Some weird past tense usage (past perfect) at times. Still not sure why this was used.