Early Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

January 10, 2012 Review 7 ★★★★

*This title will be released on January 17, 2012*

Tempest (Tempest #1) Title: Tempest
Author: Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: YA
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher/ Amazon Vine
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (January 17, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0312568894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312568894

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Sexual Content:

Kissing. Mild sensuality. References to sex


Rating:


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.


Description

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.

Review

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.

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7 Responses to “Early Review: Tempest by Julie Cross”

  1. Sandy Williams

    Ooh, this one sounds really good. I hadn't heard of it before, but I'll check it out!

    P.S. I actually enjoyed Jumper. I mean, I didn't take it seriously, but I thought it was pretty cool. Hopefully that means I'll really love Tempest!

  2. Paige Cuccaro

    I've heard a little about Tempest before. The cover alone got my attention. I'm so glad to hear you liked it. Makes me want to read it all the more. Thanks for the review!
    (I liked Jumper too. (I didn’t read the book) It felt half done though, a lot of build up and then it ended. WTF? But I liked the idea and the characters and the globe hopping.)

  3. Abigail

    I didn't hate Jumper, but I thought it could have been so much more given the premise. TEMPEST did live up to its premise. It was such a fun read. I read it a couple months ago & I'm still thinking about it.

  4. Nicole@The More the Merrier

    I agree about Jumper it could have been so much better.
    I really enjoyed this book. One of the reasons was Jackson. I enjoyed watching him grow as a character. I haven't read too many time travel novels but this one was so exciting and I can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy. Especially after the ending. It wasn't a cliff hanger but it made me eager to learn more about this world.

  5. Abigail

    @Nicole – Yep, I loved Jackson too. I don't read a ton of books with a male protagonist, but I would if more were as real and relatable as Jackson.

    @Brenda – Go pre-order it. I don't think you'll be disappointed.