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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 339 pages
  • 152 x 211 x 30mm | 408g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0312568894
  • 9780312568894
  • 481,274

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2016 ILLINOIS READS's list for grades 9-12

"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 travelers determined to alter the course of history. As Jackson explores his powers, he has no idea which side to trust or who is trying to kill him, and failure to make the right decisions threaten worldwide repercussions. It's a story packed with moments both tender and electric--Cross's zippy writing and fresh plot are an exhilarating combination." --Publishers Weekly

"It's likely readers will want to time travel to early 2013 to read book No. 2 in this fast-paced and inventive series." --The Los Angeles Times

"One of my favorite books of 2012." --EW.com

"'Okay, so it's true. I can time travel. But it's not as exciting as it sounds.' Actually, it is every bit as exciting as it sounds. And the more Jackson learns about his powers and the nature of time travel, the more thrilling this novel gets. At first the teen treats his ability as a benign experiment and fodder for his geeky buddy's theorizing, but soon his talent becomes the key to saving his girlfriend and, quite possibly, the world. After watching Holly get shot, Jackson learns that most of what he knows about himself and his family is a lie and that powerful, opposing forces are willing to do just about anything to have him and his developing powers on their side. While the details of time travel are complex, they don't overpower the story, which remains focused on Jackson's relationships with Holly and his father. Teens looking for a romantic, high-adrenaline novel will have a hard time putting this one down. Jackson's sacrifice at the end will tug on heart strings and leave readers hungry for the next installment in a projected trilogy." --Library Journal

"This fast-paced spy thriller/romance packs a surprising emotional punch that leaves you wanting to leap into the future to devour the upcoming sequel." --Entertainment Weekly

"Once I started TEMPEST, I couldn't put it down. Once I finished TEMPEST, I was dying for the next installment. Julie Cross takes readers on an unforgettable trip through time in this inventive, suspenseful and romantic tale. A thrilling debut from a fantastic new voice." --Courtney Summers, Award-Winning author of CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE

"A good thriller moves forward at high speed, but only a superlative thriller can take you on a breathtaking journey through the fourth dimension. Julie Cross's ingenious story is vividly imagined and splendidly rendered, hitting just the right notes with liberal doses of suspense, intrigue, and romance. Throw in a pitch-perfect cast of engaging characters, and you've got a blockbuster young adult debut that will keep readers glued to the pages." --Sophie Littlefield, Award-Winning author of BANISHED

"For time traveler Jackson Meyer, the past is the key to his increasingly dangerous future. But who can he trust? The CIA? His mysterious father? Or his conspiracy-theory addicted best friend? A maze of ingenious twists and turns, TEMPEST takes you on a magic carpet ride that will have you flipping pages to the end." --Jana Oliver, author of THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER
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About Julie Cross

Julie Cross lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. Tempest is her first novel.
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Rating details

11,786 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 28% (3,267)
4 33% (3,872)
3 26% (3,058)
2 9% (1,104)
1 4% (485)

Our customer reviews

5/5 STARS! Tempest by Julie Cross blew me away! Tempest is going to make one hell of a movie! Time Travel, murder, mystery, romance, death, non-stop action... Need I say more? I read this book altogether in under eight hours. I cried, I laughed, I screamed, and when I turned to the last page and realized I was finished I was devastated. How did a 350 page book vanish so quickly? Because it was absolutely, mind-blowingly FANTASTIC! This book was exactly what I needed. It's been a long time since I devoured a book so completely. It had hardcore action, mystery up to my throat, romance coming our of my ears, tragedy and sadness pouring out of my heart, and a sense of desperation soaking every single page. The writing was swift and precise, leaving nothing out. The plot was thick, encompassing, and brilliantly executed. The characters were so real I had to remind myself once I finished reading that they weren't. The romance between Holly and Jackson, no matter which decade they were in, whether he was trying to get her to love him again, or to keep her after she did, was genuine, sweet, and real. The time traveling, which is what most people are going to want to read about, was one of the coolest parts. Jackson's inability to understand something that controlled his life intruded me, and the longer you read the more mysteries you solved, and it just kept adding to the plot until I didn't know where the past ended, the present continued, and where the future started. I don't have one bad thing to say about this book, other than the wait for the next one is going to kill me. I wish I could jump back 8 hours and start this book all over again... Jackson's relationship with his sister however was the icing on the cake. For once we have a book that didn't focus entirely on a YA relationship. In fact the relationship was just one of the many facets of this book. Jackson's twin sister broke my heart. I lost my brother too, so any book that can tap into those emotions hits me hard like a fist. I cried so many times I just stopped worrying about the tears on the pages. That scene in the hospital killed me, but it made me fall in love with every part of Jackson there was. I felt what he felt, saw what he saw, and no matter how much I tried I couldn't get this book out of my mind. The story itself was great. It was like we were given a big incomplete puzzle, and we had to help Jackson put the pieces together, but at the same time we already knew that the picture we were putting together wasn't going to be pretty, but we had to put it together anyway. We had to know the truth, and I loved Julie Cross for that! She involved the reader so tremendously, creating a very visual action packed novel, with romance, time travel, and everything you could think of! Finally, a Young-Adult masterpiece that doesn't involve vampires, werewolves, or anything paranormal other than time traveling!!! It has something for everyone, and you'll be dying for the next book as much as I am! I will do more than recommend this book. I'm going to demand you buy it, because you won't be disappointed!show more
by Reading For Fun
What happens when you wrap YA, Sci-Fi, a little romance and a little mystery into one book? You get this 100%, simply amazing novel by Julie Cross, and it's called, Tempest! This book was simply amazing! I loved the whole time traveling aspect. I will admit, at first it was a bit confusing, but that was only for the first few paragraphs, after that it was easy to get pulled right into this book and go on a wild ride with Jackson through time. This isn't your everyday, run of the mill, time travel stories. Jackson Meyer is a nineteen year old "jumper" that can jump into the past, usually only a few hours into the past, not decades, and he can't jump forward either. But when something happens to his girlfriend, Holly, and himself that he wasn't prepared for, he is thrust into the past by two years with no way to return to his present time. The writer takes you on a ride with Jackson as he starts to discover things about himself, his past and the people that he thought he knew. And he starts to learn that people aren't always as they seem. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA Sci-Fi, suspense and a little mystery. http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=jumintboo-20show more
by Erin Nation
"...'Tempest' started out a little slow for me, but that is not to say it was necessarily boring. Cross has a complex concept of time-travel that I have not encountered before, so it was probably a good thing that she takes time at the outset for Jackson and Adam to explain as much as they know themselves, so the reader can have a better understanding of how things essentially work - of course then she will go and blow your mind later when some things turn out to be rather different than expected! The last time-travel book I read was probably 'The Time Machine' by H.G. Wells, but it would have been a children's edition that I read as a kid. Other than that, I think the only literary exposure to time-travel I've had is with Hermione's time-turner in the third Harry Potter book. The rules of traveling through time are much different in Tempest, however, beyond the fact that no device is needed to make the jump..." For full review, please visit me at Here Be Bookwyrms on Blogger! http://herebebookwyrms.blogspot.com/2011/12/tempest.htmlshow more
by Colleen
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