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've been hearing about this book for months. Probably longer than that, in fact, but I waited for the paperback to come out. A decision I now regret, because I really liked it and I want the sequel but it's only available in hardback and I can't have the first book in paperback and the second book in hardback because I am just not that kind of person. So, yeah, good book.
I'm not sure what it was about this book that sucked me in so much, but I was completely hooked after just a handful of chapters. The weirdest thing about it was that I kept kind of forgetting that none of it was actually happening, that it was all just potential until Addie made a choice one way or the other. This didn't detract from my enjoyment, but it did lead to a couple of slightly jarring moments that made me realise just how well West had written it. Both futures seemed completely plausible, and they were equally interesting to me, which I definitely didn't expect. I've always been quite decisive about books with multiple main plots or POVs, there's always one that I prefer. By quite a massive margin, usually. Here, I was just about as torn as poor Addie was.
And speaking of Addie, I found her a really interesting character. She's not what I'd call distinctive, exactly. In fact, looking back a week or two after having read it, there isn't actually a lot I could say about her character. The people around her were a lot more sparky, but I don't think that this is necessarily a bad thing. Addie was a subtle character, dealing with lots of things but most of them internal. She's quite shy, she likes to read, she's always done as she's told. And yet, in the two different outcomes, her personality was subtly different - she was a lot more outspoken in Trevor's world, a lot more submissive in Duke's. But at the same time, she was quietly rebellious in Duke's. I don't know if what I'm trying to say here is coming across, but to sum up, I liked Addie and thought she was well-written.
The only thing that dampened my opinion of this book was the ending. I thought it was a little rushed, and honestly, I started to skim the action sequences, which I often do. I think a little editing would have helped a lot here, but I think part of the problem was the fact that I was suddenly faced with Addie having to make a choice and perhaps I wasn't ready for that. I don't know. The ending was interesting, but I thought the pacing of it was off. Honestly, my biggest issue with the end of this book is the fact that I found out that the second book, Split Second, is a direct sequel. I don't know what I was expecting, exactly, perhaps a similar story about another person in the Compound with an ability, but it wasn't a direct continuation of the story. I'll try to reserve judgment until after I've read it, but I'm really not convinced. This book, however, comes highly recommended by me.