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.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers, and Edelweiss.)
Addie has a special ability – she is Divergent. That means that she can see into the future, but only her own future, and only when she has a very definite decision to make.
Addie lives in a compound, which is hidden from the outside world, where people with gifts live. Her friends all have abilities as well, but they are all different – not everyone has the same ability as Addie.
When Addie’s parents tell her that they are getting a divorce, she uses her gift to see her future, both staying with her mother, or leaving with her father.
Which life will she choose though? And can knowing the future really help?
This book was okay, but the middle was just too slow.
About 40% of the way through this book, it was starting to irritate me. I realised when I started getting into it, that the story after the divorce is announced, alternates chapters from one destiny, and then the other. So what we are reading is actually two stories – one if Addie stays with her mom, and one if Addie moves with her dad.
As interesting as this was, I felt like I was reading something that might be, rather than something that was! This just irritated me, because I felt like we were stuck in one moment. Addie comments that it will probably take her 5 minutes to look ahead at the two different outcomes depending on her choice, so I just felt like we were stuck in those 5 minutes forever! I just wanted her to get on with it, and actually start living her life, rather than thinking about it. This may be a bit harsh, but this was just how I felt. It was like reading about somebody else’s daydreams.
Thankfully, the story picked up a bit more towards the end. At around 80% it actually got interesting, and I actually began to feel the mystery element of ‘which path will Addie choose?’.
Personally, when Addie makes the choice, I don’t agree with it. I don’t want to drop spoilers so I won’t say exactly what happens, but I personally would have picked the other path, and tried to change some things. Addie admits herself at the beginning that the future is not set in stone and can be changed, so I don’t know why she didn’t just take this option, rather than living out the path she least wanted to take.
Brought down to basics, this book is basically about a girl making a decision whether to live with her mom or dad after a divorce. The mental abilities of Addie and her friends obviously added a little to the story, but I just felt like the story wasn’t going anywhere a lot of the time, and I just wanted something else to be happening! There were a couple of other storylines going on within the two paths, but the whole thing just felt too slow.
I’m not sure where the next book in this series will go, but I really hope it’s not just Addie trying to make one decision all over again.
7 out of 10.
Pivot Point is due for release on February 12th 2013.