Pivot Point – Emma at Miss Print

Posted October 10, 2014 by Andi in Guest Post, Parallel Time Loop / 2 Comments



Next we have Emma from Miss Print. She selected another  favorite of mine, Pivot Point, as her gust post focus.


pivotI spent a lot of time asking myself, “What if?” over the last couple of years. When I was fruitlessly job hunting and dealing with a lot of family emergencies, it was very natural to pinpoint exactly where everything went wrong; to wonder what choices might have led to better outcomes.What if I didn’t go to grad school? What if I never worked at that book store? What if I hadn’t quit that job? So many seemingly insignificant choices that might have changed everything. Happily, my life is more in order now and it’s easier to focus on the positives instead of wondering where I might have gone wrong.But even now it’s easy to ask what I might have done differently, or what might have changed with one small choice because it’s something most people to naturally.

What if?

That’s what makes Pivot Point by Kasie West such a compelling book.

In the book, Addison Coleman always knows the right choice to make, the right path to take. She knows because she is cautious and a compulsive planner who likes to follow the rules. She also knows because of her ability, Divergence.

Being Divergent isn’t the coolest ability in the paranormal compound Addie calls home. She can’t erase memories like her best friend Laila or move things with her mind like the Telekinetics on the school football team.

Instead, when faced with a choice Addie can Search her future and see both outcomes for any given decision.

When Addie’s parents announce they are getting divorced, her ability suddenly becomes much more important. One Search six weeks in the future should be more than enough to make the decision of which parent to live with. In one future Addie can find true love and happiness while in the other there is a promise of popularity and excitement. But in either Search there is also something much more dangerous and the potential for a terrible loss.

And, of course, you can read the book to see which path Addie does ultimately choose.

There are so many reasons I wish I had Addie’s ability in Pivot Point. Which is just one of the reasons I love this story so much. It’s always fun to talk about time travel or even idly consider it. But no one wants to accidentally erase themselves or forever alter the timeline. I mean, that’s a lot of pressure.

Being able to see down two paths and consider the two realities side-by-side is a much safer bet. It’s all the fun of time travel with almost none of the risk. Plus, for most people, it’s something that happens naturally. Sometimes the choices are mundane (should have a sandwich or soup for lunch?) but sometimes they are much more formative (should I move across the country or stay in this city?). And no matter the question, the outcome can still be life-changing. It’s just a matter of asking yourself, “What if?”

*Side note: don’t forget to check out the sequel Split Second

Parallel Time Loop:
Rachel – A Wrinkle in Time
Brittany – Dissonance
Lauren – The Ruby Red series
Rachel – The Time Traveler’s Wife
Alexa – All Our Yesterdays

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2 responses to “Pivot Point – Emma at Miss Print

  1. Jamie

    Loving this series, Andi! Big fan of parallel stories so I’m stalking this for new recs. Pivot Point is one of the best. LOVE your thoughts, Emma! I would LOVE this sort of ability so I could make the BEST decisions possible haha

  2. missprint

    That is such a good point Jamie! I am writing about super powers for a different blog post and I might have to update my choice now!

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