Author: Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
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.
Seriously, can Kasie West do no wrong? The first book I read by West was Pivot Point, and I was pleasantly surprised at how great it was. Now, usually there’s some trepidation when it comes to a sequel that has such a strong predecessor, but I honestly didn’t feel any going into Split Second. I was confident that it would hold up just fine – and it did! I admit, I did enjoy the structure of Pivot Point a little more and felt a bigger emotional impact from it, but Split Second was still a fantastic read.
Pivot Point was told only from Addie’s perspective while looking at two different futures. This time, Split Second is told from Addie and Lila’s perspectives but stays in present time. Addie only uses her divergent abilities a few times, but they are quick instances. Instead, it’s Lila’s ability of erasing memories that take a front seat. We also get a lot more insight to the Compound and how it works; not to mention how dangerous it can be.
I adored Addie and Lila in Pivot Point, and was happy to find they were just as enjoyable this time around. Actually, I loved Lila even more; she’s funny, sure of herself, and is used to getting her way with guys. So imagine her frustration when Connor doesn’t melt like putty in her hands when she needs something from him. That’s right, an entertaining love-hate relationship blossoms between the two. I loved them together, and honestly, they overshadowed Addie and Trevor at times! I also enjoyed Lila’s relationship with her little brothers; it allowed us to see just what a good person she is.
And then we have Addie and Trevor. While I was hopeful the two would find a HEA, the road getting there was full of anxiety for a number of reasons: 1) We don’t know if Addie would ever get those memories back; 2) We do know Trevor will never have those memories; and 3) The damn Compound screwing everything up! So much could and does go wrong, that I was definitely anxious about how everything could possibly end okay. I still love these two together, even though the situations they were in were a bit more strained this time around.
While there were a few side characters that played big roles in this story, the one I need to mention is Rowen. Can this guy please get his own novella or companion novel? Something? Please? I love his funny, outgoing personality and need more, dammit!
Ahem … anyway, Split Second was a great sequel that had me biting my nails a couple of times. Fun relationships, a thrilling ride, and loveable characters; how could I not love it?