Published by Harper Collins on February 12th 2013
Genres: Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Every major life decision that Addison Coleman makes she’s already seen before. She lives in a community for the neurologically gifted and has the ability to search various paths of her future. When her parents announce their divorce, the only logical thing for her to do is see which outcome is better: living life in the Compound with her mom or going Norm with her dad. Living the Norm life means meeting Trevor; life on the Compound means she’ll be dating the hottest guy in school, though she’s never wanted that before. Her decision isn’t that simple—both love and loss follow her whichever way she turns, and she’ll have to chose what she’s willing to give up.
It’s been around a year and a half since I first read this book, and I loved it as much as I did the first time around. Since I knew what was going to happen, it actually made the story more stressful. I had already established which path I wanted Addie to take, who I wanted her to end up with, and couldn’t wait for my favorite scenes. I devoured this book and will always have West’s books on my reread list.
If she stayed with her mom, she would have continued to live in the Compound. The Compound had its advantages—Laila and increasing her neurological ability. Plus, don’t forget Duke. I had mixed emotions about Duke both times I read the book. The first time around, Duke stole my heart at the beginning, but there was way more to that side of the story. This time, however, I noticed a few things that I hadn’t before and couldn’t help but feel sympathetic towards his character. Duke was a good guy, deep down, but not my favorite. Trevor held that spot.
Ah, Trevor. The main reason that I wanted Addie to stay in the Norm world with her dad. The Norm world was a completely new experience for her, but with the help of Trevor, she adjusted to modern day technology and a simpler way of life. She and her dad already had a better relationship than she and her mother did, so add in a soft-spoken, lovable guy and the choice should’ve been easy. Their easy romance was one of my favorite aspects of the novel, and I highly suggest reading the sequel—things only get better!
Though it’s considered a science fiction story, per se, it leaned heavily towards a contemporary romance in half the book and science fiction in the other half. It easily appeals to the hopeless romantic and the lighter science fiction lovers. Every girl deserves a Trevor in her life, and for around three hundred pages you can imagine he’s yours.