Friday, 13 January 2012

Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Tempest
Julie Cross
MacMillan
Publication date:19th Jan 2012
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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.

Tempest is at times a bit overwhelming, it moves at breakneck speed and it times there is a lot, and I mean a lot, going on which made it sometimes quite difficult to follow. I can understand why it's going to be made into a film as it's very visual but as a book it's at times a bit confusing.

Although I enjoyed the element of time travel the whole "home base" sciencey side of it went completely over my head. What I enjoyed the most was the relationship between Jackson and his Dad. Like Jackson, I wasn't quite sure what side his Dad was on and I enjoyed seeing him learn more about his complex family history through his time travelling.

I think what made it so confusing was the speed in which Jackson jumps from one time point to the next. I felt as though it was quite a lot to take in at times and if I'm honest it got a bit muddled up in my head!

The romance between Jackson and Holly was quite sweet as was Jackson revisiting his sister who had died at a young age. I liked how Jackson was eventually able to face up to things and was willing to make real sacrifices to help the ones he loves.
Overall I would give Tempest a 3.5 it was enjoyable if a little bit confusing!

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