Tempest (Tempest #1)
by Julie Cross
Publisher - Macmillan Children's Books
Release Date - August 30th 2012
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Jackson Meyer is hiding a secret. He can time-travel. But he doesn't know how he does it, how to control it or what it means. When Jackson, and his girlfriend Holly, find themselves in fatal danger, Jackson panics and catapults himself two years into his past, further than he's ever managed before, and this time he can't find a way back to the future. All the rules of time-travel he's experienced so far have been broken and Jackson has no choice but to pretend to be his younger self whilst he figures out a solution. Jackson is tearing himself apart with guilt and frustration, wondering if Holly survived. He's also become the target of an unknown enemy force and it seems even his dad is lying to him. Jackson is racing against time to save the girl he loves, but to do that he must first discover the truth about his family and himself.
Time Travel, is an odd thing, it's amazing in it's scientific capability both on screen and off. Like all of us we have no doubt been influenced and captivated by Doctor Who (Tennant era), Back to the Future, Jumper, and recent works like All Our Yesterdays. But for me it can be a difficult genre to get into in the written element. However Julie Cross surly didn't disappoint. Whilst reading it with the lovely Jasprit from The Reader's Den, It was certainly an enjoyable read.
Nineteen year old Jackson from LA in the year 2009 (just in case you get confused) is just your somewhat average teenager, but can jump back or forward in time. Along with Adam, who I'd like to think his companion (like Rose from DW), they test the theory of time and how to master his talent. Finally, his girlfriend, Holly who holds the shred of reality together, the person he will always come back for. After a traumatic event, Jackson is forced back to 2007, which now becomes his new home base. In a way he has a second chance at everything, to stop any future event from occurring, and finally uncovering things closer to home. With the EOTs (Enemies of Time) on his every move, he has no where or time to got too.
Jackson, an impulsive yet caring character. Jackson is rather a difficult person to pin point, from a male POV he is quite a plain character, there was no real interest in him aside from his ability to travel in time. Without giving away spoilers, there were moments in the novel that really brought out his emotional side as well as my own. However, what I enjoyed the most were the secondary characters; Adam (both 007 and 009 Adam's) brought the scientific yet humorous qualities to the book. What I loved was the friendship and relationship between him and Jackson, they were The Doctor and Rose but in opposite places. The appearances of Courtney, Jackson's sister, really shows his personality and I wished there could have been more memories, or moments with her in. Finally, Jackson's father, he's a slippery character, distrustful, secretive, and yet sparked my curiosity.
With a rocky start to the novel, I found myself going through the motions, not really quite connected. Until I finally reached the middle of the book, that's when the plotline thickened, it was the mystery, the pace, after that I couldn't stop myself from turning each page. In the beginning I felt that the romance was more of a plot device. By fault it inspired Jackson's character as a time traveler, not necessarily as a person. If anything I would've loved Cross to use alternate POVs between timelines, with Adam and Jackson to really highlight their relationship both in the past, present and future.
As you can see there are some similarities between the scientific genres that have encouraged and inspired time travel. Overall I felt that Cross created an enjoyable and plot-driven beginning to the series. I felt that the secondary characters with the likes of Adam and Jackson's father really fueled the novel. With an exception to the beginning, I was hanging on to every second of the end and I can't wait to read Vortex.
There is just one question that I wondered... We've seen male time travelers but what about a female one? I'm not being sexist or biased but is there a YA novel with a female time traveler because that would be kick-ass and I would read that in a heart beat. Let me know in the comments!
Rating - 3.5