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Tempest: A Novel (The Tempest Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Julie Cross
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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.

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Equal parts sf time-travel saga, secret-agent action thriller, and romance, this series starter takes time getting its bearings, even as dramatic scenes place its hero, Jackson, in inexplicable danger. For fans of puzzle-within-puzzle plots, this won’t be a deterrent. Son of a New York City CEO, Jackson knows he is able to step back in time and has been testing his abilities with his science-nerd friend, Adam. But Jackson’s girlfriend, Holly, is in the dark until two sinister men corner the couple and begin shooting. Shocked, Jackson is thrown far into his own past. Certain that the Holly he knows in 2009 is dead, he sets out to know an earlier version of her, while also learning that his own father may not be who he says he is. The CIA is involved, as is a doctor who engineered a terrible experiment. Significant ambiguities remain throughout the final act as Jackson makes some tough choices, though for some readers this may actually keep them panting for the sequel. Grades 9-12. --Karen Cruze


Praise for TEMPEST:

"Once I started TEMPEST, I couldn't put it down.  Once I finished TEMPEST, I was dying for the next installment.  Julie Cross takes readers on an unforgettable trip through time in this inventive, suspenseful and romantic tale.  A thrilling debut from a fantastic new voice." —Courtney Summers, Award-Winning author of CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE

"A good thriller moves forward at high speed, but only a superlative thriller can take you on a breathtaking journey through the fourth dimension. Julie Cross’s ingenious story  is vividly imagined and splendidly rendered, hitting just the right notes with liberal doses of suspense, intrigue, and romance. Throw in a pitch-perfect cast of engaging characters, and you’ve got a blockbuster young adult debut that will keep readers glued to the pages." —Sophie Littlefield, Award-Winning author of BANISHED

Product Details

  • File Size: 798 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051O9MJ0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Could not put it down September 29, 2011
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I'd been considering preordering this book, so when I got the chance for an Advanced Reading Copy I jumped on it. The first quarter of the book was slow and a bit boring; I put it down to continue the next day. However, once Holly and Jackson are attacked (pretty early on), the book kicked into high gear and I read it straight through without stopping - it was that engrossing. The story reminds me of a cross between Steven Gould's Jumper: A Novel and the movie Next. Jackson can travel back in time, but never more than a few days and it doesn't change anything in the present. When Holly is shot, Jackson travels back two full years, and is unable to return. From there, the book takes on an almost relentless pace.

The writing here is excellent, and the story well laid out. It could have become hard on a reader trying to follow a story where the main character is jumping around in time. But whenever Jackson changes times, a new chapter begins with the date when he is. The author also attempted to provide an explanation for Jackson's ability, and for the most part succeeded. As the first in a planned trilogy, I expected to be left hanging with no answers and very little plot development. Instead, I was thrown right into conspiracies! His father is not who he thinks; a mysterious girl who looks like his dead sister keeps appearing; someone may be trying to kill him. Moreover, Jackson thinks and sounds like a 19 year old guy, especially in his relationship with Holly. And he actually grows as a character as the story progresses.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Addictive January 19, 2012
Let me be honest - time travel is hard for me to understand. It's really easy for a book to glaze over the fundamentals, and let the reader flounder around trying to grab onto the ins and outs. It's really hard for an author to offer a new take that's not just unique, but also understandable. Julie Cross not only got me to understand time travel, but see it in a new light and actually (gasp) enjoy it! Not since The Time Traveler's Wife (book, not movie) had I enjoyed the plot devise so much.

Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a rich kid with a great girlfriend. His life is normal - except for the fact that he can time travel. Although it's not normal time travel - he can go to the past, but his actions have no affect on the future. That is, until mysterious men barge into his girlfriend's dorm and shoot her. Watching his girlfriend gasp for breath, Jackson unwillingly time travels two years into the past - 2007 - but this time, he's actually there and he can't return to his present. While in 2007, Jackson must figure out who those people were, what is actually going on around him in his life, and how to get back and save his girlfriend.

Let me tell you - the book is intensely awesome. I was hooked from the first page, getting into the character traits and stories. And then BOOM I'm in 2007, learning all about the character's lives before I met them. It was great, meeting people with Jackson and putting together little pieces along the way. Because of course Jackson isn't the only time traveler. And of course his life isn't as it seems.

As as mentioned, the time traveling aspect is described quite nicely. Cross almost literally says "scrap what you think about time travel - let's start over," which worked well. She has her own take, and it's nicely drawn out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time travel that you can actually follow along with! February 22, 2014
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had been wanting to read this series for a while now. I had checked out the first 2 books from the library on a couple different occasions, but never got around to reading them. But when we were blessed to find out that we would be able to host Julie Cross for a FFBC event, and would be receiving TIMESTORM for review, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to marathon the series.

The one thing that I don't usually like when books do flash back scenes is the inability to follow along with the timeline. I was happy to say that I did not have that problem with this book. And there is a quite a bit of time travel in this book, both going into the past and into the future.

The book starts off with the main character Jackson just finding out about this ability to time jump. He is still unsure about how it able to do this, but with the help of his brainiac best friend Adam are running experiments to try to figure it all out. Up until this point, Jackson has been able to go back into time, but he has not been able to remain there for longer than a few minutes. All this changes, when one day 2 men break into his girlfriend Holly's apartment in an attempt to kidnap Jackson to test him to see if he actually does have the powers they think he does. When they are unable to successfully acquire him, they have to take drastic measures to see what Jackson is capable of and they shoot and kill Holly.

Unable to handle the heartbreak Jackson does what they call a "COMPLETE JUMP" and moves his home base back into the future. Now that he is back into the future, he determined to find a way to save Holly. He finds and locates Adam and had to convince him that he is from the future and ask for his help. As he starts hunting for answers, secrets start unraveling before him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Jumper, BUY THIS. If you like Time Traveling...BUY THIS!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book !
I had to read the book for a college class and I loved it . I couldn't even stop reading it.
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Julie Cross is the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere (8/13), a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, and St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credibility's, Julie Cross is a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict. You can find her online via twitter, her personal website, email, facebook, Goodreads, or co-moderating the YAwriters section of reddit.

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