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SPLIT SECOND by Kasie West


by Kasie West

Age Range: 13 - 18

Pub Date: Feb. 11th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-06-211738-0
Publisher: HarperTeen

Best friends Addie and Laila uncover secrets about their community and the development of supernatural abilities.

Addie, having had her potential future in Dallas wiped from her mind in Pivot Point (2013), visits her father outside of the Compound, secret home to the paranormal community. Her path crosses with Trevor’s again, but this time, romance doesn’t come as easily. The Containment Committee has threatened her with a memory wipe if she tells anybody about the Compound, and her precognitive abilities are growing, causing headaches and moments where she loses control and slows down time itself. This time, West’s dual narrative technique weaves Addie’s story with Laila’s viewpoint. From snooping and reading the letter Addie wrote to herself, Laila learns that in the other, lost future, she gained the ability to restore memories, and she wants to acquire it now in order to restore Addie’s memory. This brings her to Connor, a handsome bad-boy who sells illegal enhancement programs and is immune to Laila’s considerable natural and paranormal charms. As analytical Laila investigates, she discovers increasingly troubling information about the Compound’s leadership—information that spells danger for the unknowing Addie. Although the climax passes a little too easily, the story effectively builds momentum that will leave readers pondering the questions it raises.

A fast, smart thriller populated by lively characters. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)