Review: “Tempest (Tempest #1)” by Julie Cross

Tempest (Tempest #1)Tempest by Julie Cross

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Review Copy: NetGalley
Pre-Order: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Description From Goodreads:
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.

My Review:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding “Tempest”. After the film rights were nabbed by Summit Entertainment, I decided to check out what “Tempest” was about. Shortly after I went ahead and pre-ordered the book. This has been one of my most anticipated releases for 2012, so imagine my surprise when I was informed it was up on NetGalley. Needless to say, once I was approved I started reading right away…and I’m glad that I did.

“Tempest” is about Jackson Meyer, a nineteen year old time traveler. He spends a lot of time conducting experiments with his friend Adam, oblivious to the fact that certain people are watching him – and they know what he can do. He’s never been able to jump back more than a few years, but when strangers hunt him down and kill Holly, his girlfriend, Jackson jumps back to 2007 – two years earlier – unable to find his way back into the present.

What’s really interesting about “Tempest” is that we get to meet the characters more than once. In a way, you kind of get to see them grow up – which I know may sound strange. But take Jackson’s last visit with Courtney. It’s that visit in which he’s finally able to see what he has to do. It’s that moment in which he finds the strength to let go.

We get to meet Holly and Adam in 2009, before meeting them again in 2007, before going back to 2009. I loved that we got to see how the characters changed in time. Instead of learning more about the characters through flashback scenes, we actually get to see what the characters were like (before becoming  the characters we meet in the beginning of the story).

The ending is sad, yet perfect at the same time. He has to let go, even if he doesn’t want to. I’m eager to see what will happen next. What is it that Thomas has in store? What was Emily trying to show Jackson. And how is Jackson’s decision affecting him?

Honestly, I’m not sure I can express just how much I enjoyed this book. “Tempest” is the perfect beginning to a trilogy. You’ll fall in love with the characters, well, most of them. And there are plenty of twists in the story to keep you constantly guessing.

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Posted on October 9, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. omg , is one of my highly anticipated reads for 2012 as well

    lov sci fi ,so wanna read it

  2. This sounds awesome. So glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully Summit will do a good job with the adaptation.

  3. Thanks Nicole, fantastic review!

    The first 4 chapters of Tempest are available if any of your readers are interested in a sneak peek.

    Appreciate all your support.


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