[ARC Review] Split Second by Kasie West

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Title: Split Second
Author: Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Release Date: February 11th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ARC received by Publisher in exchange for an honest review

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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.

This series has quickly become one of my favourites, Kasie West has the ability to create characters that are long lasting and that stay with you for years. Pivot Point was one of my favourite books of last year and I have to say that this sequel lived up to all my expectations.

In this book we follow Addie in the life she chose from the first book. She is still in the compound and having to deal with the ramifications of what happened in the first book. But Addie made her best friend Laila promise to help her get her memories back so that she can remember her other life, the one that she left behind. And it is only when Addie's father makes her spend her winter break with him in the human world that she begins to realize the life she left behind.

One of my favourite love stories I read last year was Addie and Trevor in Pivot Point. They were perfect for each other and Trevor was incredibly sweet and generous and he made you love him with every page. And that did not change in Split Second. As readers we got to fall for Trevor all over again, and it was amazing to read. I loved watching Addie and Trevor get to know each other again and the way it happened was so organic that you could not help but root for them.

I only had one issue with this book, and the series as a whole. And it is not really anything to do with the writing (because it is amazingly beautiful), or the characters, but more to do with me and my curiosity. I wanted to know more about the Compound and why it existed. I want to know why they hide from the humans and why they use their powers to erase memories of those that break the rules. There were so many questions I wanted answered and I really hope that one day Kasie will write another story in this world and explore those options because it will be a great story to tell.

If you have not read this series yet please do. It is a roller coaster ride from page one and I will tell you now, you will fall for these characters. They are expertly written and I cannot way enough about them. These books are some of my all time favs and I can only hope that there will be more in the future!

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