Tempest

Tempest

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Julie Cross

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  • Publisher: MACMILLAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 39mm | 560g
  • Publication date: 5 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0230756263
  • ISBN 13: 9780230756267
  • Sales rank: 159,255

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Jackson Meyer is hiding a secret. He can time-travel. But he doesn't know how he does it, how to control it or what it means. When Jackson, and his girlfriend Holly, find themselves in fatal danger, Jackson panics and catapaults himself two years into his past, further than he's ever managed before, and this time he can't find a way back to the future. All the rules of time-travel he's experienced so far have been broken and Jackson has no choice but to pretend to be his younger self whilst he figures out a solution. Jackson is tearing himself apart with guilt and frustration, wondering if Holly survived. He's also become the target of an unknown enemy force and it seems even his dad is lying to him. Jackson is racing against time to save the girl he loves, but to do that he must first discover the truth about his family and himself. And stay alive.

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Julie Cross lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. Julie is a YMCA Gymnastics Program Director, which means she works with lots of teenagers, who help to inspire the characters she creates. This is her first series for young adults.

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By Reeka 19 Apr 2013 3

I don't think it's possible for me to get enough of Time Travel fiction. Tempest contributed nicely to my ever-increasing love of the genre. The science that aided the story line was new, and really added something fresh to the idea of time travelling.

Jackson Meyer is 19 years old, and has discovered that he owns the spiffy ability to time travel. However, unlike the tried and true horror stories of the movies, anything he says or does during his times spent in the past, has absolutely no affect on his present time/the future. As hard as it was to wrap my head around this unrealistic logic, it still managed to fascinate me. I mostly enjoyed the simplicity of it, and how it allowed me to focus more on the story line, than on struggled attempts to keep track of what was constantly changing. Mind you, it did have it's moments of mind-boggle, but taking the time to absorb the concepts and explanations really helped me follow. I thought it was a great introduction to something new.

It's a daunting task, writing a world immersed in time travel-which is only made worse by trying to uphold the ideas of the topic that people have already cemented in their minds. I think Julie Cross bravely went where many others would have not. Yes, she disregarded what the masses have come to know about time travel based on movies, TV shows, other fiction works etc., but I thought her explanations were sound, and completely worked for the storyline. Besides, it's TIME TRAVEL people, there isn't exactly an EXACT science.....yet. I see that not many reviewers completed the book before offering their premature judgments. I highly suggest reading it in it's entirety, much is explained as the book goes on.

In terms of characters, there were hints of cliches and stereotypes, but for the most part, I enjoyed what each one had to offer. Jackson was written with just the right amount of teenage angst, and hormonal fluctuations. He made personality growths at the right time, and I found his dialogue entertaining. Holly, on the other hand, I probably could have done without. Her and Jackson's relationship lacked chemistry, and I only felt the top layer of what they were suppose to be. This caused the story line to suffer, as Jackson's motives were fueled by his need to keep her safe. I just wasn't really feeling their connection, which isn't a fault in the author's writing exactly, as some of her other character relationships were felt strongly. It's just too bad the "main" romance felt so weak.

Julie's writing in Tempest was quick-paced, and I was able to finish it in about a day. If you're looking for something profound, you won't find it in here. But it definitely satisfied my need to read something exciting and fun. Tempest was the perfect in-between book. A book to just grab, and devour in one sitting.


Recommended for: fans of Time Travel, contemporary, thrillers, and romance.

By Valerie Fink 17 Mar 2012 4

My Summary:

Jackson has a secret. One that he's only shared with the science geek, Adam. But someone else knows, maybe a few someone elses. And when his perfect life gets thrown into the past, literally, Jackson has to decide who to trust and who to believe. The worst possible thing has happened in the future and he has to figure out how to prevent it from happening again AND how to get back to where he belongs. While he knows what he wants, he has to learn to make the right choice. Is it possible that they are the same thing?

Note: This book is really for older teens. It would be a good one for the new category of New Adult instead of YA.

My Thought:

4 stars - a great read

Since I listened to this book, let me say something about the narrator first. Matthew Brown reads the story. He does a great job with Jackson and I love most of the character voices he does. He gets my highest praise - he added to the story by reading it.

So if you're thinking this is some kind of back to the future kind of story, forget that because it's not. As a matter of fact, forget everything you know about time travel books because this one doesn't follow those rules at all. What it does do is build new lore to go with an common idea making a fabulous story.

I love Jackson and I really enjoyed reading from his POV. He thinks totally male. He has such a sweet spot for Holly - it's just so cute. I got to watch as he went from the male crush to something more. He grows through the experience and so does his feelings. The choices he is forced to make are hard for a nineteen year old but he proved to be up to the task. I can't wait to find out what happens next for Jackson. I do like Holly but she just wasn't my favorite in this story. Adams is so much fun - loved that science geek stereotype for sure. And sometimes he would say something and I would just laugh right out loud.

The story was awesome. I really liked that it wasn't some stereotype of time travel. And it had me wondering and guessing all the time. I thought something was one way only to realize it was nothing like what I thought. Never saw the ending coming at all. Speaking of the ending, it made me sad but there was a little hope there too. Jackson came a long way in this story and the ending proves that.

Make sure you make TIME for Tempest soon. It's a great great.

By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012 5

Jackson and Holly are one of my favourite YA couples of all time, because from the first page on they felt like close friends to me. It's convenient that they are already a couple and lovely to see how good they know and how familiar they are with each other.

I've always been a fan of witnessing the first meetings, the chase and the start of epic relationships. And even though Holly and Jackson are already a couple, you still get the chance to see how their love developed in the first... and second place.

What's special about Jackson is that he's a time traveller. He is a confident, sweet and clever guy and I love that the story is told from his perspective. There should be more male narrators like Jackson!
It's not only that TEMPEST is written in 1st person point of view, but also that the action sets in almost immediately. I felt sucked in by TEMPEST, the characters, relationships, language and events- to summarize everything. And the action never slowed down so that I felt constantly engaged.

You can imagine it must be hard to keep your time travel ability hidden from public and even your family and girlfriend. Then from one second to the other everything changes when Holly is shot and Jackson stuck in the year 2007. He can't get back to the present and has to meet his best friend Adam and his girlfriend Holly for the first time again. It's a stunning and at the same time frightening fate that Jackson is confronted with.

The role of his family, father, mother and sister is really mysterious and I was more than eager to decipher their intentions and roles in the whole time travel system.
Jackson's friend Adam covers the position every intelligent time travel mystery adventure needs. He is the brain. Adam supports Jackson with his knowledge and researches the whole process of time travelling with small experiments involving Jackson. Kind of diary entries support the scientific character of Jackson's and Adam's time travel experiment.
I sensed a greater conspiracy throughout the entire read and was surprised to see who and what powers are behind all that!

With Jackson jumping through time without having a fixed spot, the special events become even more important. Jackson visits places and persons of his past and things get more complicated with each jump. Julie Cross invented a lot of complex strings of time, action and thought. There's a lot to explore in TEMPEST!

THE VERDICT

Time travel has always been a topic that fascinated me and I already read other books about it like THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE and RUBY RED. TEMPEST could be named my recent favourite in YA time travel attempts!

By Nicola Markus 27 Jan 2012 4

Firstly, a huge thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book for review.

So, Tempest. I'd been hearing a bit of hype about this book before I got my copy and so I was very interested to see what I would make of it.

I loved the story idea right from the start and I thought it was well conceived and executed. This is a very readable tale, fast paced, with plenty of action and excitement to keep you turning the pages. A couple of times I had to go back and check the date at the start of the chapter to remember what time I was in, but on the whole the jumps back and forth worked and were not too hard to follow. I enjoyed the blend of narrative and diary entries in telling the story.

So, why did it not get five stars? Well, despite enjoying the book, I did notice a few minor issues that just stopped it from hitting the top spot for me. The main issues were a few aspects of the time travel 'rules' not making sense and a lack of believability i.e. that Adam has such advanced knowledge and computer skills at such a young age.

I also would have liked a little more substance from the Jackson-Holly relationship. They both came across as 'nice', but I didn't quite feel the romantic/emotional connection between them that was supposed to be influencing Jackson's actions during the story.

But, despite these couple of minor gripes, I found this book an entertaining and captivating read and it is a story that will appeal to readers who previously enjoyed books such as I am Number Four or the film Jumpers.

I believe this is the first book in a planned trilogy and I will be most interested to see where Cross takes the story and the characters in the next instalment.

By Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page) 18 Jan 2012 3

With it's beautiful cover and interesting title, I was really eager to get my hands on a copy of Tempest by Julie Cross. Unfortunately, I didn't find the contents to be as pleasing as the dust jacket. That's not to say that the book is completely bad - I can see the appeal of it to others, but it just wasn't for me.

The premise is certainly an interesting one as our protagonist is a teenage boy, Jackson, who can time-travel. I love the idea of time-travel but it can also be quite confusing. This, teamed with flashbacks took me a while to get into. Cross does her best to explain Jackson's time travelling to us, but it did take me some time to understand. Time travel is certainly intriguing and some of the moral questions that Jackson asked himself made me think - unfortunately, he seemed to disregard these questions quite easily, not really considering them. I think that there was a slight lack of thought and that the time-travelling was too easily accepted by others.

I felt as though most of the characters in the book were superficial, the aspect of time-travel taking the main stage. We weren't really given any background information at the beginning concerning Jackson or his friends and so I found it difficult to connect with them or like them. I also found Jackson to be a little immature. As the book progressed, I did get a better idea of Jackson, his girlfriend Holly and his best friend, Adam, but there was still not very much depth. I still don't have a very clear view of Holly. There is of course room for development in all of the characters in the next books in this series. There are certainly the makings of strong villains (Enemies Of Time) in this series.

The one relationship that I found extremely interesting in this story was the one between Jackson and his (now deceased) sister, Courtney. It was moving to learn about his relationship with her, especially when he saw her in the past, knowing her fate. The genetics aspect of this book was probably the most interesting aspect for me, and hopefully this will be explored even more in the next book.

I started to get into the book at around page 200, the half-way point. After this, I started to enjoy the book and find it easier to read, but it did seem dragging before this, with some time changes feeling a little pointless. Once the time changing slowed down a bit and was less flitting, the whole story felt steadier. Near the end, a lot of things began to unravel - it became fast paced, action packed and a whole lot more entertaining.

There are a lot of intriguing factors in Tempest and near the end, I could see a lot of potential for the story to develop and become a lot more complex. I did enjoy the second half of the book a lot more than the first, but it took too long for me to get to the point where I was being entertained. This book wasn't for me, but I believe that it will appeal to many other young adult readers and so I wouldn't not recommend it to others who like the idea of it - this was just not for me.

Review quote

"I have seen the future and it is Jackson Meyer! I loved Julie Cross's engrossing and engaging TEMPEST. If I could time-jump, I'd read the sequel yesterday at the very latest." --Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the CRUSADE series "Julie Cross's thrilling debut is brimming with excitement, romance, and intrigue. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!" --Beth Revis, New York Times-bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE "Jackson Meyer is a 19-year-old Upper East Sider with a loving and loyal girlfriend, a brilliant and funny best friend and an unexpected and exciting new talent. Jackson can suddenly "jump" back and forth in time. Cross takes readers on a thrilling ride as Jackson struggles to harness his abilities in a desperate attempt to learn the truth about who he is and, even more importantly, who he can trust. The characters are...complex and distinct, they will work their way into readers' hearts and stay with them long after the book is finished. Equal parts adventure, romance, science fiction...readers will turn the last page and find themselves wishing they could "jump" to the future and read the sequel."--KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review "Debut author Cross launches a trilogy with an exciting and complex page-turner about difficult choices. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer can travel in time, but he's no Doctor Who--he can only make short jumps backward, and he can't change anything. It's all harmless experimentation until his girlfriend, Holly, is shot when two gunmen attempt to kidnap him. Panicked, Jackson jumps back two years and gets stuck there. The consequences of unprepared time travel and Jackson pretending to be his 17-year-old self are amusing, but as he explores his life and pursues Holly (now his girlfriend-to-be), the already gripping story escalates. Jackson discovers his father's secret life with a shadowy government agency called Tempest, and father and son become tangled with violent rival time tra