Thursday, 20 December 2012

Tempest by Julie Cross book review

Tempest (Tempest, #1) Title: Tempest
                                                      Author: Julie Cross
                                                      Pages: 352
                                                      Published: January 17th 2012, by St Martin's Griffin
                                                      Series: Tempest book #1
                                                      Genre: YA novel, sci-fi, time travelling
                                                       Stars: 3/5 stars

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.

Okay, this book review is going to be short and sweet. It’s mainly because it wasn’t my cup of all. Speaking of tea, I really want one!

The story opens with the diary of the time travelling teenager, Jackson Meyer. Jackson has the dream life, he’s rich, he’s intelligent, he has a gorgeous loving girlfriend and of course, he travels through time. However, he can’t travel very far from his normal life span, so nothing too far back in the past or even in the future.  

After two random men appear out of nowhere, wanting to take Jackson, his girlfriend receives a fatal gunshot wound. Rather than watch her die, Jackson travels back in time to try to fix what has happened and save Holly. Nevertheless, he soon finds himself two years in the past and not being able to jump back to his real timeline in 2009. In the process of trying to change the timeline he discovers that his whole life was built on a construction of lies.

The character Jackson was just like any typical teenage boy. However, I found him to be awfully dull and soppy. I understand that he loves his girlfriend a lot and would do anything for her, but there were times when he acted like the clingy boyfriend. In terms of being dull, there wasn’t anything exciting about him and it seemed like Julie just wrote things such as being disobedient to his dad, to portrayed Jackson as a reckless and interesting character.  

On the whole, I was disappointed with Tempest. The introduction of the EOTs (Enemies of Time) as the antagonists was weak as was the explanation for time travelling. The story lacked any consistency and it seemed to be all jumbled up together. Julie seemed to be adding a lot of details in a small space. 

*Sorry no notable quotes/passages as I didn't find anything that was remotely interesting to use. 

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