Author: Kasie West
Goodreads Rating: 4.38
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .Wow. I can’t even begin to start with my feelings on this book. Mostly because there is no way that I can wait a whole year before getting the second one, that just seems…Insane because I need the second one. Like so bad. I was aware at some point that it was going to be the first book in a series, but it wasn’t until I realized that there wasn’t enough time to resolve what was happening and that I needed to learn more about this world that I frantically checked goodreads for confirmation that there was going to be another one, and thank god for that.
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 loved that she had these two paths, and that she could search them. Like a lot of people I was expecting a quasi serious book, but this one had me laughing out loud and squeeling, literally squeeling on the train. I fell in love with the characters, all of them. I adored Addison and her book wormish nature, and I don’t know how I could have made the decision that she had having known how each was going to end. If I had to pick my favorite of the two worlds, I would say that I loved the one where she picked to live with her dad in the Norm world. I loved how she tried to adjust to being a norm and what it meant to not have such advanced technologies.
I loved Trevor so much more than Duke even if Duke had his moments. There were times that Duke would be cute and all, but I felt like he was claiming Addison as his property by calling her “girlfriend.” (Note, I don’t think that that is the case with everyone , but the way that he would say it and how often, aggravated me. I did love that he was protective of her and tried to protect her from whatever he could, and I did love that about him, but honestly, Trevor was so her boy. They were perfect for one another in ways that people wish they were perfect together.
I’m not sure how I felt about Laila. She was a good friend and a good person, but she also had her moments during this book where she was just obnoxious. One thing that bothered me about the book was that when I would put the book down and come back to it after a short period, I would be a little bit Jarred and it would take me a second to figure out which path we were reading, especially when the paths were at the same place. Luckily, that only happened once, so it wasn’t too bad, and for that to be the only thing that bugged me, I mean really.
The Courts Decision: