Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: January 17th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.
Time traveling seems to be the next big thing. And while Tempest is the first book I’ve read on that subject, I can say I’m already hooked on the whole idea.
There’s quite a lot to expect with Julie Cross’s anticipated debut. A nineteen year old protagonist and some tinkling in the CIA is just a small sampling of what’s hidden between its enchanting cover. And Tempest certainly packs a punch.
Tempest boasts a six-figure marketing campaign (along the lines of what HarperCollins has done for Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me). But I can’t say the two have much alike. Tempest has a unqiue storyline and an interesting plot. However, I wouldn’t call the writing style epic, and there were instances that made me wrinkle my nose at the amateurity, but all-in-all, it was enjoyable and had a seamless flow that kept me moving. While I’m not very good at categorizing books under certain genres, I’d say Tempest is science fiction – a genre that always gets me excited. But we all know that writing science fiction is challenging – you have to balance the sci and fi in perfectly. In Tempest, the whole time travelling how-to just gets a little overwhelming, and I had the tendency to skip a few long, windly paragraphs.
But once I got to the action, its action non-stop, confusion (the good kind) throughout, and edge-of-your-seat suspense between every word.
Be warned, the ending is a cliffhanger that will leave you hanging. Though for me, I wasn’t hanging for long, it just didn’t have that unforgettable factor I always crave for.
My thoughts for this one were thrown all over the place. Sometimes, I just felt like skipping through, sometimes I wanted to enunciate every word again in my head. Overall, I have to say this: Jackson Meyer has one heck-of-a-story to narrate. Read it.