Split Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Published by Harper Teen on February 11th, 2014
Genres: science fiction, young adult
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Addie has always been able to see the future when faced with a choice, but that doesn't make her present any easier. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. So when Addie's dad invites her to spend her winter break with him in the Norm world, she jumps at the chance. 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. She wants to change that.Laila, her best friend, 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 this to 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.In the suspenseful sequel to Pivot Point, Addie tries desperately to retrieve her lost memories and piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot.
If you stalk me on Twitter, then you are well aware that I rave over Pivot Point every chance I get. I usually do not target a book for the romance; however, Pivot Point provides one of the most diabetes-worthy romance plots, ever. The multi-plot setting set the first book apart, and the characters really set it apart. My excitement for the follow up novel….
Split Second did not fail to deliver. Expect more adventure and mystery with the follow up, but it brought the story to a nice full circle, in the end.
▪ The title of “Favorite Character” from Pivot Point belongs to Laila. She was everything I love to see in a female sidekick – loyal, confident, and very human. She ran her gambit of mistakes (and made a huge misstep), but it made her real. I really thought the entire plot was pulled off very well. In Split Second, Laila takes center stage and plays a bigger role. Her own romance storyline was also quite touching. Redeeming herself and becoming a great central character was the biggest plus for the follow up.
▪ Speaking of character redemption, Duke reappears for the second novel. This might seem like it belongs in the other category. However, he actually becomes very likeable and helps add a whole new level of creative goodness.
▪ The twisted subplots and surprises – I should have seen it all coming, but I was honestly shocked by some of the revelations in the novel. Kudos to West!
▪ West mentioned Pioneer Plaza, located in Dallas, Texas. I was suffering from strep over the weekend, so I wasn’t able to snap some pictures (however, it will make for a great discussion post in the future!). The area is beautiful, and I was thrilled to see it mentioned in a Dallas-based book.
▪ The Trevor/Addie romance was very weak in this book. I suppose it was acceptable, but compared to the previous novel, it was sub-par, at the most.
▪ The main focus: Get the guy. There was so many other interesting events happening, but Addie biggest goal was to win over Trevor. It seemed like a step backwards for her character. Don’t be mistaken, Addie and Trevor is one of my favorite canon pairings. However, I do not like for the main plot to become “Mission: Get a Boyfriend” in ANY book.
▪ The ending, while very interesting, seemed to fizzle out while some bigger issues were simply swept under the rug.
▪ The background of the world building never comes to life. This book could be set anywhere, and it wouldn’t change the environment.
Split Second showed the audience a deeper look into the compound, and finally rewards us with what we have all wanted since last year (YAH!). More of the characters are developed and the entire world building comes into focus. It wasn’t flawless, but it was exciting, enchanting, and, at the very core, touching and emotional. I can’t wait for the next thing from this author!