Tempest by Julie Cross
Digital Audiobook narrated by Matthew Brown
Published by Macmillan Audio on January 17th 2012
Series: Tempest #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Length: 418 pages or 10 hours, 51 minutes
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In Julie Cross' Tempest, 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.
Tempest is what I wanted Jumper to be.
Jackson Meyer is a likable protagonist with extraordinary abilities. Shortly after his eighteenth birthday, he learned he could time travel. At first, it was a couple hours, and he only submitted a projection of himself. Then, suddenly, it is two years and Jackson is living in the past. The problem is, his abilities have taught him some strange things about his family, and he isn’t sure who he can trust. And for good reason – someone just shot his girlfriend.
Trusting a friend from the future and trying to thwart the CIA and other time travelers alike, Jackson is placed in a precarious position. He must make important decisions about his future, his family, his love life, and he must pick a side.
Tempest has a lot going on all at once and sometimes, it’s difficult to keep track.
On one end, we have Holly. I believe the author really wanted Holly to be the center of everything. As far as I’m concerned, she’s a pretty mediocre girl. I understand why Jackson likes her – they’re very compatible. For the reader? She’s a bit boring and flat. Jackson spends a lot of time trying to win her love and protect her, and that was SO TEDIOUS compared to time travel.
Then we have Courtney. Jackson’s twin sister died of brain cancer when she was 14, and Jackson has many regrets. He misses her dearly. EVERY TIME Courtney shows up in this story, things get interesting. I believe she’s much smarter and knows a lot more than this first book lets on. Even at the end, we don’t get a lot of answers about Courtney and she is my primary reason for going to book two – I really liked this character and thought there could be a lot more story around her and Jackson and their abilities. I really
thought hoped that the story would turn around and become about preventing her death.
Then we have the whole CIA/EOT plotline. This is the high-action angle of the story, but it’s written in such a way that it always feels like it’s INTERRUPTING the love story, which is an issue for me? The book isn’t marketed as strictly a KISSING BOOK so the plot and subplot shouldn’t be all switched? That said, the CIA plot felt weak and I didn’t like it anyway. Mostly people appeared and try to shoot other people, then everyone threw their hands in the air and asked questions or laughed evilly. Then. Jackson jumps, because we’re done with that! YUP.
Overall, I couldn’t put it down.
For whatever this story lacks in cohesion and focus, it makes up for in curiosity. The time jumps happened just as soon as things were starting to get interesting, so you’d have to read more, faster, so you could find out what happened. Characters have a habit of disappearing as well. There was several pages where Jackson & Co. were getting shot at on a boat? And the whole time, all I could think was, “OKAY. BUT WHERE IS ADAM. IS HE DEAD. TELL ME THINGS!!!?!” … (You do eventually find out about Adam.)
This book will swallow you up. Some of the scenes are really beautifully written. I’m glad I read it.
“Okay, so it’s true. I can time-travel.”
Well, phew! I’m glad we got that out of the way, because it really was the elephant in the room. … Seriously, though, this sets the mood of the book pretty well. We have the conflict immediately, and we have Jackson’s voice. Great.
Books I’d Recommend
The time travel vibe is STRONG with this one. What I noticed – and I’m seeing a lot of other reviews say this as well… this was a lot like the Jumper MOVIE. Except there’s teleportation, not time travel, in Jumper. I’d still advise a read – that was an interesting book. I’d also suggest Ruby Red, which I read earlier this year. Female POV, longer jumps, both teen POV although Ruby Red is a girl. Also involving secret societies and nefarious plots!