Book Review: Tempest

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Title: Tempest (Tempest #1)
Author: Julie Cross
Summary: [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: When I first picked up Tempest from the library, I was in a little bit of a reading slump. I’d just finished Clarity by Kim Harrington, and I wanted something a little different, and frankly less… Young Adult. I’d sped my way through so many YA novels in a row that I felt like I desperately needed a break. But as soon as I had Tempest in my hands and reread the blurb on the back, I knew I couldn’t just read something else and ignore this one. 

While I have always been a fan of time travel stories, this one struck me as fresh and new. There are generally two theories about the way time travel could work, and they are usually considered mutually exclusive – but somehow Cross found a believable way of mixing the two. I’m still not quite sure I understand it! That said, my confusion didn’t detract from the story, because the main character was just as confused as I was.

If you’re not in for the long haul on this one (aka through 2014, the projected release date of book 3) then I wouldn’t suggest starting it just yet. There are so many things left unanswered that left me reeling. I am so desperate to get my hands on the next book, and it’s a whole YEAR away! But if you don’t mind being left hanging this is a delightful book that will have you stumped right to the end!

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