Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Tempest [Tempest #1] - Julie Cross



Title: Tempest
Author: Julie Cross
Rating: 3.5 out 5  Stars
Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin [January 17th 2012]
Language: English
ISBN: 0312568894
ISBN13: 9780312568894 
Purchase: Amazon | Barns & Nobel 

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.



I seriously avoided this book like it was the plague, mainly because there was so much hype around its release I felt obligated to avoid it at all cost especially since I usually make it a habit to hate on every book loved by the many in the blogosphere but when I found it online for half price I could not find a good reason to avoid it. I am actually glad that I picked up this book because it was a new take on time travel which I absolutely love. I actually had no trouble keeping up with the whole timey whimy stuff and even enjoyed the attempted science behind it.

Let’s talk about Jackson, for the most part he was a pretty decent character but there were moments that made his character seem unreal. I have hung out with guys all my life and I can say I have a pretty good idea of how their thought patterns work unfortunately I can’t say the same for Ms Cross. For one Jackson’s love for Holly comes out totally unconvincing, to be honest this book could have done without the romance element, I mean I really didn’t care if Holly lived or died.

This book was really easy to read and interesting enough that I didn’t feel the need to wonder around half way through but the laws of time travel seem rather weird because you can never be sure of what he can or can’t do. One thing I liked about this book is even in its slow moments you can never predict what was going to happen next, it just keeps you glued to the pages. 

Many people in the blogosphere complained that they found the whole time travel thing rather confusing but I actually really admire Cross’ idea of half jumps and full jumps. This idea of time travel prevents the whole paradox issue which I think is a rather smart.
One thing I really disliked about this book was the over the top portrayal of everything. I mean I get it loads of secrets, his whole life has been a lie, CIA is involved, conspiracy theories, human cloning and time traveling enemies called EOT which stands for Enemies of Time [someone ordered extra cheese with their fries?] come one Cross that’s a little too much don’t you think especially if the said teenager is forced between the two side.

The verdict

This book had me absorbed and despite the over the top story line I really like it.

Overall

I give this book 3.5 out 5 starts, Cross wrote a book which had me hooked from the beginning to end.

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