Tempest by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
First Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin on January 17th 2012
Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal, Time Travel, Young Adult
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Source: Purchased- Hardcover
The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.
I had a little trouble with the time traveling in the beginning. It was hard to understand what time period he was in and when he got back to the present. I overall enjoyed the story and the concept of it.
Jackson’s girlfriend, Holly has been shot. It’s 2009. Jackson can time travel and has been for a while now. He travels back to 2007 just after Holly was shot. He can’t change the past just by changing one event in time. He can talk to the people all he wants, but when he time jumps again, they will completely forget he ever existed or the conversation they had. Having trouble getting back to 2009 to save Holly, he is now stuck in 2007 and has no idea how to get back. There he finds secrets he has been trying to figure out his entire life. The fact that his dad isn’t who he has believed him to be his entire life.
At times I was getting a little bored with how the story was going. It seemed that really all he did for a big portion of the book was just time travel but get nothing accomplished. It wasn’t until about 3/4th’s (or so) that the story really started to pick up.
I definitely really enjoyed how he was able to time travel but not affect how the future will go. No matter what he did, the future wouldn’t change. Well at least not that I think so.
I loved Jackson and Holly’s relationship. Jackson and Holly met in 2009 and started dating. While time traveling in 2007 it was funny to see their reactions to each other. Holly having no clue who Jackson is or who he will be 2 years down the road. Jackson knowing Holly but can’t do anything about it.
I definitely do want to continue on with the trilogy, just probably won’t be anytime soon.
“I thought you said you were not mad.” She clapped her hands over her eyes and pressed down. “I was mad. Past tense. ” “Does this mean we can have makeup sex?” — page 19
“Nothing went exactly right. And yet it was perfect. ” – Julie Cross, Tempest
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