Monday, June 30, 2014

Tempest by Julie Cross

Genre: Time Travel
11455096Hardcover: 352 Pages
Published: January 17, 2012
Series: Tempest
            1. Tempest
            2. Vortex
            3. Timestorm

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

     I think many people will enjoy reading this book a lot more than I did. Don't get me wrong, I loved this idea of time travel and the whole concept, but by the end of this book I just wasn't feeling it. It is similar to the movie Jumper, which btw was an amazing movie and I guess one of the reasons why I chose to read this book was based on the movie (the movie and book have no correlation). The beginning was fast paced and interesting. I was turning pages and reading so quickly you would think that I was eating potato chips or something.
     Jackson Meyer is a college student in 2009 who has recently discovered that he can jump back and forth through time. He has begun to test the limits of his abilities with the help of his friend Adam. Then one day a bunch of mysterious guys burst into his dorm, to capture him and instead accidently kill his girlfriend. Now it's up to Jackson to figure out a way to go back in time and save his girlfriend. At the same time he has to be careful of the things he changes in the past and try to stay away from the bad guys who are chasing him.

     The concept of the plot was very interesting and I enjoyed reading this book. However, at numerous times I was totally lost and confused to what time we were in. I didn't like the fact that the timings kept changing and I had to re-read chapters to understand what was going on. I think this book has a lot of potential, but the execution was poorly done. I did try to read the second book in this series (Vortex), but I just couldn't get into the book. Hopefully, I can come back to it in another year and see if I can continue with the series, but for now I think if time travel is something that interests you then definitely give this book a try.  

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