Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through… and who she can’t live without.
I liked this book. It’s a parallel universe type story, but it take places in a paranormal world. Addie lives inside the Compound, a secluded town that’s hidden inside the projection of a mountain. The people who live inside the Compound have evolved to have enhanced mind powers, telekinesis, persuasion, lie detecting, clairvoyance, etc. The rest of the world doesn’t know of their existence.
Addie has the ability to Search her future. She can see the result of both paths before making a decision. So when her parents tell her they’re getting a divorce and that her father is leaving the Compound, she Searches to see which parent she should live with. The book splits there with alternating chapters between Addie staying with her mom in the Compound and Addie moving to Dallas with her dad.
Both paths hold some similar experiences for Addie and some overlaps. The plot takes some twists and turns that I definitely wasn’t expecting. Unlike Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reed, I struggled a little with keeping the plots straight for the two paths sometimes and remembering which Addie I was reading about – because so many of the characters overlapped.
I liked Addie, but I really didn’t like many of the supporting characters, except Trevor. He was so adorable! Definite book boyfriend material there. Addie’s mom was kind of MIA, but her dad was pretty cool. Ultimately, I enjoyed this book enough to want to read the sequel (which I’ve already reserved from the library), but it won’t be one I revisit.
My Rating: 3 Stars
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I read this book as part of my new author challenge. I enjoyed Kasie’s writing, but she’s not a favorite author, not yet at least. I still plan to read The Distance between Us because I already got it from the library and Split Second (Pivot Point #2) because you know I can’t resist a sequel.