Author: Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
Cover Art: N/A
Source: Publisher/ Amazon Vine
Reviewed by: Abigail
Kissing. Mild sensuality. References to sex
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 remember being really disappointed when the movie Jumper came out a few years ago because it just didn’t live up to the potential of the idea (and presumably the book by Steven Gould which I haven’t read). Ditto for The Butterfly Effect. Well disappointment is the last thing I feel having just devoured Julie Cross’ debut, TEMPEST. It is so exciting, exhilarating, and emotionally absorbing that I’m not even the least bit surprised the a movie version is already in the works.
Unlike the two movie I referenced, TEMPEST takes the idea of a college guy with a newly discovered ability to manipulate time and space and runs with it. The whole concept of time travel in this book is meticulously well developed but explained gradually and fluidly so that the information is dispensed without the reader even realizing it, and yet by the end, I fully understood how everything worked. Loved that.
I also loved the character of Jackson. Every single thing about him was believable. From his commitment phobias stemming from a childhood loss, to his quick thinking and suspicious nature, and his somewhat reckless behavior with his abilities. I bought everything so completely, that I’d believe this was a work of non fiction if it weren’t for the time travel. Jackson’s girlfriend Holly was really the only character who I found to be a bit lacking, but considering how strong everyone else was, that’s barely a criticism.
As the first book in the trilogy, TEMPEST does leave a number of questions unanswered and it’s clear that there will be an overarching story that spans the series, but the ending is very satisfying. There’s enough mystery, romance, intrigue, and action here to captivate any reader. And it’s all told from the perspective of a humorous and disarming protagonist whose transformation over the course of this book has me completely invested in his story, which I can’t wait to continue in the next Enemies of Time book on January 17, 2013.