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Split Second

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Strong sequel encourages teens to think about tech's impact.

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The plot in Kasie West's sequel, SPLIT SECOND, is stronger than the one in Book 1, Pivot Point. The story here is told in alternating chapters between Addie and Laila, and it includes more intrigue about the controlling Containment Committee, a mystery about Addie's grandfather, whom she thought died 10 years ago -- and a group of talented teens having to figure out how to use all their special powers to work together to stay out of trouble.

Also, the plot is easier to follow this time around, since Pivot Point had readers paging through two possible futures simultaneously, whereas this is just one story told by two different heroes, all leading up to an exciting inevitable face-off against the creepy Containment Committee. Will Addie be able to save her man from a total memory wipe? While this would be a confusing place for teens new to West's world to start, fans of the first book just might stay up all night to find out how the story in this suspenseful sequel ends.

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