Tempest is kind of like a mix of Back To The Future (one of my all-time favorite films) and The Time Machine. Jackson, the protagonist, definitely reminds me of Marty McFly’s humor and laid-back but tough attitude and Dr. Hartdegen’s unyielding love for his girlfriend, which in Jackson’s case, Holly.
I was sucked into the story from the very first page! The story, in general, was unpredictable, dynamic and riveting. The combination of Julie Cross’ astonishing imagination and craft in making absorbing action scenes was enough for me to enjoy this book a lot. Furthermore, Julie Cross’ writing style is fresh and so convincing, I find myself wondering if this is really a debut novel.
Tempest by Julie Cross
Publication date: January 17th 2012
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin
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 are 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.
The characters are so believable and very well-developed. I think my favorite aspect of the story is Jackson himself. I absolutely love his dynamic and vivid voice. He has a lot of common sense, so tangible and very relatable in many ways (apparently, except the time-travelling bit, unless you’re a time-traveller then I think we should be friends), that I felt so emotionally invested in him and the people around him. Another that was really amazing in the story is Jackson’s relationship with Holly. Wow. Both of them are so lovely and their relationship was so realistic. I’m sure a lot of people are going to fall in love with them. Definitely one of the things I love about the book!
While the plot was undeniably addictive, there are a few parts where I find a little slow, pacing-wise. I mean, there were times that the pace would move real fast, and then after some chapters, it will fall down to sluggishness, and then will pick up again.
I’m giving Tempest a strong 4 out of 5 stars. You’re probably asking ‘Why only 4 stars, you said you enjoyed it??’ I did, alright! It’s just that the ending was not what I expected. I didn’t like the ending. But again, that’s just me. Again, I really enjoyed Tempest (just not the ending) I think everyone will enjoy this as much as I did, especially if you are a fan of Sci-Fi that involves time-travelling, then I highly recommend this book for you.
Source: Thanks to NetGalley & St. Martin’s Griffin!