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.
“Just promise me something. If this is a Search and you don’t pick me, don’t pick this path, for whatever reason, promise me you won’t Erase me.”
You know, I’m not exactly sure how to classify this book. The synopsis here reads like a total sci-fi, but when you open the book, it feels so much like a contemporary romance + Sci-fi hybrid. So it’s probably a ConSci? (It totally sounds like a degree in some university, but I’m sticking with that)
I’ll say this straight out. I have been seeing this novel floating around in Goodreads for some time now with so many positive reviews but I still didn’t know if I would enjoy it. I was kind of hesitating because with a premise like this; presenting two different would-be realities, I might get bored and/or confused. I was glad that this was not the case. The story was presented in such a way that it was unpredictable (unlike some novels that had me totally knowing what the mystery is before even reaching halfway.)
All I can say is that this will be about a girl who needs to choose between two paths, with both of them not so perfect. This novel did not exactly contain an “actual” love triangle since she was with the guys in two separate realities that didn’t happen yet but since there were two guys in love with the girl… Well, uh, uhm.
The lead characters were surprisingly well developed. The heroine might not be perfect, but I was glad that she didn’t choose the path that benefited her love life, but rather the one which provided a better fate for her friends and family. One of the love interests, Trevor is easily one of the best male characters out there. Plus, he draws really well! That’s a major plus in my book. I totally ship them. HARD.
I think my only quibble would be Laila. I’m not sure, but I don’t think I’d want a girl like her to be my best friend. To each their own, I guess.
I’ve got to hand it to the writer. There were so many chances for this novel to go wrong, but it ended up being an enjoyable novel with a refreshing premise and a unique way of presenting a story. I can’t wait to read the next book! ❤
4.5 out of 5 devious smiles!