Author: Kasie West
Genre: Paranormal YA
Year of Publication: 2014
Main Character: Addie (3.5/5)—Addie was a bit weaker of a character this time around, but overall still relatable. Laila (3/5)—With some added depth from getting her POV, she gains some credibility.
Secondary Characters: There were a few new faces this time around. None of them were exceptional, but they served their purposes in the book well.
Pacing: The pacing was average, but not quite as fast as Pivot Point.
Accuracy of Publisher’s Synopsis: Pretty accurate
Resolution: This book ended how it should have, but I do wish there had been more closure than was given.
The Good: This book is more or less a chance for Addie to relive the Search she experienced in the Norm world and forget the life she actually lived in the Compound. Probably the biggest shock is reading the truth about the Compound and the lengths they will go to to protect their secret. West also reveals a few small secrets from both of Addie’s parents that clarify the reasons for their divorce a bit better. Plus, Laila finally proves herself a worthy friend, even though it takes a while. She even comes out at the end with a decent boyfriend. Heck, even with Duke’s moral shortcomings, he does eventually do the right thing, which was satisfying to see.
The Not So Good: The end of Pivot Point made me so excited for Addie to establish her life in the Norm world for real. Unfortunately, it just couldn’t compare to the first time she was there. Her feelings about some of the characters were different than before, which made me scratch my head. Meeting someone in a different way doesn’t change who they are and how apt you are to like them. And yet…this version of Trevor was so suspicious that he was nearly impossible to like at first. He seemed like he wanted to capture Addie and sell her to the government for experiments. It took a while for me to trust him enough to enjoy their relationship again. Another annoyance was that we see both Bobby and Duke again. Duke just refuses to go away and causes problems for everyone. I also wasn’t crazy about Laila’s perspective. She’s a bit too shallow and immature for me to relate to, but I at least got to understand her motives and her flippant personality better. Although this book was satisfying enough overall, it didn’t live up to its predecessor.
Overall Impression: The two prevailing goals of this sequel are to expose the stalkerish tendencies of the Compound and to give Addie her second chance with Trevor. And it accomplishes both of those goals, but with a little less oomph than Pivot Point.
Would I recommend it? I would recommend this book, especially to fans of Pivot Point. If anyone were to read this as a standalone, they’d be confused.