Tempest

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Tempest (Tempest #1)
Julie Cross

It took me a little bit longer to read this story that I would have expected.  Not because the characters weren’t engaging or the plot lacked tension, but for some reason there is a part in the middle that felt a little slow to me.  Here’s the thing: I’m pretty sure it’ll turn out to be super important later in the series.  Aside from that, however, I flew through the pages.  The constant bending and branching of time was fascinating to me and the fact that the multiverse theory pops up here was just icing on the cake.  (I can’t lie; I’m a bit of a dork when it comes to string theory.) The tension between who pops in and out of Jackson’s life is stomach wrenching and the added ambiguity of who he can trust only adds to the pace of the story, making the pages fly by even more quickly.

Publisher’s Blurb:

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.

As much as I love Jackson and needed for everything to work out okay for him, the people who really add vibrancy to the narrative are the people who surround him:  Adam, Holly, Courtney, and his father.  They make the worlds he’s jumping in and out of more real somehow and give him footing off of which to work.  It seems that he doesn’t quite believe the world he’s in until one of them shows up in it and I can totally understand that feeling.  Jackson is the main character, absolutely, but it’s rare for secondary characters to hold as much importance as they do in this story.  They are the glue that holds Jackson together.  It feels like he would fall apart if they weren’t there.

The nerd in me totally loves the time traveling aspect of this story.  I love how many branches of science Cross brought in to make it even more realistic.  I don’t want to say anything more about the theory she’s woven to support Jackson’s abilities because I don’t want to give anything away, except that it’s very well wrought.

In the end, this is a fast paced story of love, intrigue, and trust.  It’s timey wimey in the best way and the pages will fly by.

4 ink bottles.

Book Links:  Goodreads, Publisher

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