Split between wow and woe.
Genre: Y/A, Science Fiction, Romance
No. of pages: 360
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.
After the surprise of discovering a sci-fi/paranormal twist to Kasie West’s usual contemporary style from other titles that I have loved, I was keen to finish off this duology started in ‘Pivot Point,’ and wanted to see where ‘Split Second’ was going to take me.
At first was a little put out from the dual perspectives between Addie and Laila, but warmed up to it. I’d become so familiar with Addie from ‘Pivot Point,’ that her best friends perspective added into the narration was a little intrusive at first. I would have like to have discerned more separation of their voices, even though they are different characters, and Laila is a little more smarmy and aggressive, I still had a minor troubles telling them apart. With that said, the dual perspective really starts to drive the plot forward in the second half as their storylines weave in and out of each other.
I loved Laila’s cheeky one liners – a little over the teasing love-to-hate-you attitude though, probably because it has become so prevalent in YA and felt like I’d read it so many times before.
I can’t say there was a lot of character growth, mainly because the pacing is quite fast and situations are pitched at the pair vehemently. Though, all the characters are written expertly and you get a true essence of who they are and their motives.
West pull out all the stops in this sequel when dealing with the characters abilities – I loved the facets of their evolution.
On the whole, I really enjoyed all elements of this novel. The romances are a little sappy, but that’s Kasie West’s style… and I appreciate this type of guilty pleasure from time to time. Definitely not let down from what I expect from her catalogue.
On a more critical note, I think there could have been an extra few layers of difficulty, and things going wrong to amp up the tension to make the conclusion more rewarding, but on the whole a very satisfying read. Not as confusing as ‘Pivot Point’ given that Addies gift of living two alternate time lines was limited in ‘Split Second,’ and this sequel had a lot more going on. Though the book is fairly predictable, it did give me a few surprises, especially towards the end.
Recommend this duology to anyone who enjoys a gentle romance with a paranormal twist.
Overall feeling: s’okay.
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