Author: Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Release Date: February 11, 2014
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.
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.
First Sentence: My car sat on the far side of the parking lot, and I couldn’t get to it fast enough.
Before I start my review, I have to let you guys know that Split Second is my first five-star review of the year. Yes, I know, Split Second is that good. I’m sure plenty of you guys will agree with me. Split Second is full of swoon-worthy and fangirling moments – I couldn’t help but squeal and smile like a fool while reading the book, acting like a fool in front of my friends, classmates, and strangers. I swear, parts of Split Second made me melt into a ball of feels. Everything about Split Second was perfect. That’s probably why I have five copies of this book. (One is an ARC, one is a gift for someone, and three finished copies are all mine.) I just love it that much.
Remember when I mentioned in my review of Pivot Point that I wished that there was more world-building? Well, I got my wish! Split Second goes a little more in depth in the world Addie lives in – some more things are explained in a way that doesn’t leave you with any burning questions.
“What about you? How does it feel to know that even though you have an advanced mind, the girl you love wants me?” (249)
We get to know Laila a lot better than we knew her in Pivot Point and frankly, I don’t like her that much anymore. In Split Second, I saw sides of Laila that I never knew she had. Laila was pretty selfish sometimes and some of the things she did just had me shaking my head in half-sadness/half-disgust and tsking at her.
I wasn’t that much of a fan of Trevor in Pivot Point (I wonder how many of you guys are glaring at me), but boy, do I see his appeal in Split Second. Trevor was so freaking sweet in Split Second and had me swooning every time he made an appearance. I just wanted him to be real so I can rush to him and hug him and shower him with tons of love and just tell him how good he is. Okay, I know that that sentence is a huge sentence fragment and that I sound all stalker-like, but hey, it’s not my fault that Trevor is so sweet and adorable!
He put his hand on the screen, and I put mine up against it.
“Thanks for choosing me, Addison.” (360)
And let’s not forget about Laila’s love interest, Connor. Connor and Laila’s interactions were sizzling with chemistry. I couldn’t help but wave my hands like crazy when they were around one another. It was really sweet watching them both slowly care for one another. I especially love the fact that Connor calls Laila on all her lies/fibs and the way he doesn’t let her get away with anything. Seriously, I can’t choose between Trevor and Connor – they are both equally swoon-worthy and will make an excellent boyfriend. Welcome to my book boyfriend list Trevor and Connor! <3 And the ending! That ending was perfection. I can reread it over and over and over again and in fact, I already did. I do have this one teeny-tiny issue with it though, but whatever, it’s a flaw that I can easily overlook.
[MILD] SPOILER: Trevor’s shoulder is restored/fixed again at the end of Split Second. That leads to wonder – what will Trevor say to the doctors and his football coach when they ask him about it? In Pivot Point, Trevor was told that no doctor could fix his injury and to suddenly have it fixed and normal out of nowhere? What would his excuse be?
There is nothing else I can say besides READ THIS BOOK. But then again, Split Second is in a series, so READ BOTH PIVOT POINT AND THIS BOOK. Do I recommend this book? OBVIOUSLY YES. So go out and beg/borrow/steal for your copy, whatever works! You can always thank me later.