Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Review | TIMESTORM by Julie Cross

Timestorm by Julie Cross
Published by Macmillan on 2014-01-28
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult

“Cross’s zippy writing and fresh plot are an exhilarating combination.” —Publishers Weekly

The battle between the Tempest Division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in Timestorm—the final installment of Julie Cross's Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson Meyer once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel. As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he’s surrounded not only by the people he loves most—his dad, Courtney, and Holly—he’s also among a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their lives and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Dr. Ludwig’s experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between free will and peace. It’s the battle Jackson was born to fight and he’s not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

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For anyone who is an avid reader and follows series closely, you know how important the final book in a series is. It’s the book that can either make or break the whole series. It’s the book that ties up all the loose ends and makes you feel at peace in the literary world. For me, I’ve been a huge fan of the Tempest series from the moment I stumbled across a copy in my local Books-A-Million. So for me, the conclusion to this series is one that I can honestly say left me at peace and feeling like all is right in the world.

 Throughout this whole trilogy, I felt as if I personally knew Jackson and Holly, as well as some of the secondary characters. It was amazing to see what Julie came up with for this conclusion and the course these characters took. While there were moments in TIMESTORM that I found myself angry towards Holly, I couldn’t help but admire her for her ability to handle trying situations. I personally consider her one of the main threads that hold Jackson and the book itself together.

While the beginning starts off at the steady space, it’s not long before action fills the pages and you’re thrown into the likings of a maelstrom. Cross creates a phenomenal parallel between time that’ll leave you on the edge of your seat. The concept of time travel, while not unheard of from works of fiction, is unique and fascinating to the reader. I truly enjoyed this trilogy and the element of time travel that Julie Cross made believable to her readers.

TIMESTORM is a fantastic conclusion and one that I recommend to anyone. That is, after you read TEMPEST and VORTEX, the first two in the trilogy. All loose ends were tied, questions answered, and the groundwork laid to imagine the unspoken futures of the characters that I have grown to know.

Five out of five stars!

Happy reading.


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