Life can change in a split second.
Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too… but not without a price.
When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.
Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories… once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.
As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot… and a future that could change everything.
This book had a hard story to sell in the fact that we have already seen what Addie’s life would have been if she had chosen life with her dad, and we know why she is so drawn to Trevor. I’m going to go ahead and say that it was a successful sequel though.
We left the first book with a hint to Addie’s new ability, and this instalment picks up almost exactly where the first one leaves off. Addie is getting ready to go to Dallas to spend the holidays with her father. However, Laila has failed to give her the note she wrote herself. So Addie doesn’t know she wanted her memories of Trevor restored, and Laila – who read the letter – is stressing about expanding her ability to be able to restore those memories. It’s all pretty much what you would expect.
We also get the same sort of dual perspectives in this book, but instead of the two paths that Addie searched, it was Addie and Laila. I have to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of Laila’s POV. She’s really hard to connect too and I found her pretty unlikable. Unlikable characters can be done well, but she wasn’t deep enough to really keep me interested in her vainness, pessimism, and ego. Only when Addie interpreted her was when I found redeeming qualities for Laila, and I hate when you need another character to like someone else.
I thought the attempt at world building was better in this one. We see a little more about the Compound, what the different abilities can do and how they are seen within their community, and more on how the Norms are perceived. I thought the big drama it centered on with the Compound was a bit lacking though and could have been more deeply developed.
I think this is really more of a love story though. I mean one of the only reasons I read it was to see how Addie and Trevor interacted in this one. And honestly, it could have been better. In the first book them being thrown together was so much more natural. In this one it was random runnings into each other and little else. Then they were just Together. It was still pretty cute though, mainly because Addie and Trevor are such strong characters, but without the first book to give us those preconceived notions I don’t think it would have been as successful.
I mean, it was a quick, easy, and entertaining read, but I don’t think I’ll be coming back to this series in the future.