Happy Book Day to PIVOT POINT by Kasie West!
To celebrate the launch of West's debut novel, check out today's review!
It's harder and harder to find a unique concept nowadays, because so much has been done. Whenever one is discovered, it's like a breath of fresh air. Kasie West's debut novel, PIVOT POINT, outwardly seems traditional, but is full of innovative ideas. West's voice is full of humor, resulting in witty dialogue and an easy-to-read narrative. There's enough mystery and intrigue to keep readers guessing all the way up until the very end, too.
West surely sat back and wondered what would happen if, instead of clairvoyance, where one can see into the future, there was such a thing as divergence, where, when faced with a choice, one could see both outcomes and choose the right path to follow in life. Who wouldn't want to be able to save themselves from heartbreak or danger in this fashion? West used this thought process when creating PIVOT POINT, which centers around a girl named Addie who lives in the Compound, a secret society of sorts where everyone has Paranormal mind abilities. Hers is divergence. The Norm world, where we live, is, well, normal. The Norms no longer believe Paranormals exist because of events in the past (such as the fact that World War I was actually started by a Paranormal) that led to their persecution. One day, Addie comes home from school only to be told that her parents are getting divorced. She must now decide who to live with through her gift of divergence, but neither path is as flawless as she would like. Will Addie choose the path that makes her happier, or the one that will make her miserable, but keep everything in balance?
When I first started reading PIVOT POINT, I had to decide how to handle the chapters. One chapter is told from Addie's life with her mother, followed by a chapter with her father. The two are easy to tell apart because West features a definition atop each chapter that has a word with PARA or NORM in it. I was afraid I'd have trouble telling the two stories apart, and almost read in alternating chapters. I'm glad I didn't, though, because there are hints dropped in both chapters about seeing things from the other side, and reading them back to back through the same timeline makes things stand out in a way a reader may forget by skipping around.
For some reason, I was under the misconception that PIVOT POINT wasn't a series, but a stand-alone. I was wrong. The book doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but absolutely leaves readers intrigued for more based on the decision Addie ultimately makes and the way it changes her life. The way Addie makes her choice is something I would never want to face myself. Her decision is difficult, because there are pros and cons about both lifestyles that will change everything. If you're looking for something intriguing, witty, fast-paced, and unique, PIVOT POINT is definitely a book for you!