Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
For those of you who follow the blog, you know what a giant nerd I am. I am a scary fangirl about sooooo many things. Imagine my delight when I discovered that Julie Cross had combined two of them in her novel, Tempest: time travel and teenage romance. As a slightly jaded divorcee, teenage romance is the only kind that I can currently tolerate. I have yet to come across anything that could make me cynical about time travel. Except this one time when I was sixteen, I was buying underwear at a Fred’s store because I had taken a day trip to the beach and forgotten them. As karma views my life as an amusing comedy of errors, they had no price tag, and the heartless cashier called for a price check on them. Repeatedly. Did I mention it was a first date? But I digress…..
I thoroughly enjoyed Julie’s take on time travel. But let’s be realistic. Novels about time travel are complex. But rest assured, there is a wonderful story surrounded by this intricate shell of time lines. It may take a little extra effort to keep yourself on track, but you will be delightfully rewarded for your extra brain exertions!
Again, for those of you who follow the blog, you know that I am a collector of book boyfriends. Jackson was one of my many victims. I fell prey to his wit and charm and rich kid angst. The part where I started to love him? When he is stuck in 2007 and starts to deepen his relationship with Holly 007. Take a ‘bad boy’ and sprinkle in a little depth, and I am DONE FOR.
Tempest drops you in the middle of the action from the very beginning, and stays a roller coaster ride until the end. I devoured the pages like a fat kid in a donut shop. There were constantly new wrinkles and angles that kept me postulating and guessing. Jackson’s decision at the end of the novel made me better understand George Costanza knocking women and children out of the way when he suspected there was a fire in the apartment: Nothing stands in between me and the next installment!!
I only wish I had Jackson’s ability to jump back in time and experience this novel for the first time all over again!!
four out of five stars