Book Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Goodreads Synopsis

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 review may contain spoilers to the first book, Pivot Point. You can check out my review here

Split Second is the sequel to Pivot and also marks the conclusion to the Pivot Point Duology. I think this book was perfect in every way. I’d rate it 100/5 stars if I could, but there are limits.

To recap, in Pivot Point, Addison Coleman was given a choice when her parents announced their divorce, go with dad out in the Norm world or stay with mom in the compound. She Searches (That’s her ability. She’s capable of seeing two different parts of her future but she can only see hers) both lives and because of certain events, chooses to stay with her mom and has the memories of her life with her dad erased by her friend Laila.

In Split Second, we find Addie with no recollection of what happened in the second part of her search. She goes to her dad for the winter break and runs into Trevor. She feels like she knows him and figures she probably met him in her Search. At the same time, Laila finds out that she’s capable of restoring memories and works on advancing her ability with the help of Connor.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I did Pivot Point. Split Second had a lot of action that I felt was needed and it made the book feel whole. This really tied the series together and I think the ending was perfect. I wanted to cry of happiness.

A quote that I really liked was…

“My mom always tells me that if I feel like punching someone, first I have to say something nice to them. Out loud. If I still feel like punching them, they probably deserve it.”

Trevor says it after an encounter with Duke. Duke was still his persistent self but he had maybe one or two redeeming qualities. In this book we find out that everything that people were led to believe about the Compound wasn’t completely true and it’s up to Addie, Laila, Duke, Connor and Trevor (I can’t forget Eli- Laila’s little brother) to fix a mess that was made before everything is ruined.

Kasie West took this story and expanded it perfectly and I can’t believe this was once a tiny idea that became this beautiful piece of writing. I loved every moment of this book. It took me a day to finish it and I’ll gladly re-read it if time allows. I’ll definitely be reading Kasie West’s other works.

Read: 15 September 2015

Publication Date: 11 February 2014
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Kasie West


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