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Book Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Split Second is a strong sequel to the unique and fun Pivot Point series. Highly recommended.

Book Review: Split Second by Kasie West

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Title & Author: Split Second (Pivot Point) by Kasie West

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Paranormal, Science Fiction

Release Date: February 11, 2014

Series: Pivot Point #2

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: ARC from Publisher

Description:

“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.”

Back & Better Than Ever

Confession: After finishing Pivot Point, I legitimately didn’t realize there would be a second book. I mean, there was enough to hint at what would happen at the end of the novel that I felt ok with how things wrapped up.

That being said, Split Second was a phenomenal sequel. Even though I initially thought it wouldn’t be necessary, I know realize how wrong I was. As the second and final book in the series, it expands the story and ends things so satisfyingly.

I seriously loved Split Second just as much if not more than Pivot Point. First off, all our faves are back: Addie, Laila and Trevor. PLUS, a new addition joins the crew, the quiet and stubborn Connor.

The story picks up where the first book left off – Addie’s made her choice about which path to take and has asked Laila to erase her memories. The catch is – Laila has a note that she must give Addie that has some information that will change the decisions Addie may make next.

The main concern I had about Split Second was the storytelling. How could it possibly live up to Pivot Point, where Addie was telling both stories of her two different choices simultaneously?? I mean, doing it again would be boring (been there, done that). So, how could West top it?

Well, to my surprise, she managed to do it. This book offers varying storytelling from both Addie and Laila, in turns. I loved getting a bigger look into Laila’s life. Her family life is complicated and her love life is under her control (a little too under her control).

Plus the romance manages to stay fresh. That’s all I’ll say on that. But, it’s smartly done.

Just Enough & Not Enough

My only complaint, which isn’t really a complaint at all, is that I wished there were more details about the Compound and the world of paranormals. I mean, things are described well, and the world-building was great, but certain information was briefly mentioned and not explained in depth.

I think it was the author’s choice to keep the attention on the character action instead of the political/government action. I appreciated that – some dystopias (which this book is NOT) predictably focus on overthrowing the powers-that-be. That is definitely not a theme in Split Second, and I completely understand why.

OVERALL:

Every paranormal, YA fantasy fan should read this series. It’s romantic without being over the top and fantasy-filled without being all about the magic. Split Second is a fantastic sequel, and a satisfying way to close things out.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.