Author: Julie Cross
Genre: YA/ Sci-Fi
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. [via GoodReads]
Although I had a slow start with the first chapters, I found Tempest to be quite the page-turner. I'm not sure about you, but I always tend to get slightly confused when reading a time travel story. And, thus was the case with this one... But let me assure you, I was easily able to figure it out and get my years straight. Once I had that going, it was very easy to understand and enjoy.
Ms. Cross has written an intriguing and action-filled story that kept me on the edge of my seat. When Jackson gets stuck two years in the past - leaving the present year at a moment that is crucial to his relationship with his girlfriend Holly, not only will it be hard to trust anyone in the current year, but he'll have to start from scratch befriending Holly and hoping that he can find a way to get back into her heart.
Jackson is a very likeable and wonderful narrator. He's just as confused as you, the reader, are. He doesn't know how he time travels, much less how to maneuver around time. He doesn't know if he's a good guy or a freak of nature, whether his father is the business man he claims to be or someone with an ulterior motive, whether it's a good idea to contact Holly throughout time or just leave her be... needless to say, I found myself captivated by Jackson's dilemma.
Action, romance and suspense are the leading factors in this tale... and it's the first of a series. I cannot wait to see what happens next!