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.
Initial thoughts: Kasie West does it again! A cute, swoony contemporary- like story with a paranormal twist. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters and especially enjoyed Addie’s point of view with her split storylines all based on one important decision. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book!
So if you all have seen my reviews over the past few months you know I am a fan on Kasie West. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while- it’s the only book I haven’t read yet. I’ll admit I was hesitant because of the paranormal aspect. Kasie West writes adorable, fluffy contemporary stories, and she does it well so I wasn’t sure how this story would turn out. Turns out I didn’t need to worry. I don’t know how she did it, but she managed to still write an incredibly fluffy, enjoyable story with a little more fantasy than usual.
Addie Coleman lives in a compound for humans with special abilities. They are hidden from the outside world, but aside from the X-men-like abilities, they are all essentially normal teenagers with normal families. Addie is a Searcher– she is able to take a decision and see the outcome of each choice. When her parents tell her they are getting divorced, she must make a choice- to live with her father outside the Compound or stay with her mother. The only way for her to know what the best decision is to perform a Search. As Addie lives separate lives through alternating chapters, we see a seemingly simple decision get more complicated as Addie is drawn into a murder mystery with more lives at stake than she realizes.
Basically, this book was a lot of fun. I enjoyed learning about all of the different kinds of abilities and I enjoyed how the story was told through alternating chapters of Addie’s different lives based on her decision of who to live with. She has love interests in both because, of course its Kasie West, and I actually really liked both of them. Events eventually become clear which path Addie much choose, but I was surprised how heart-wrenching her decision was.
Since this was still a light story in a lot of ways- they went to school, played football, drama in the friend group, etc- some of the paranormal aspects seemed a bit silly and unrealistic at times. I found that this actually didn’t bother me at all, it fit with the tone of usual Kasie West books and it flowed nicely.
As always, I highly recommend this book and any other books by this author! I know this review was short and sweet but that’s kind of how the book is too 🙂 You should definitely pick it up if you are looking for a cute, quick read!