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Book 1 of 3 in the Tempest Trilogy Series

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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


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“I have seen the future and it is Jackson Meyer! I loved Julie Cross's engrossing and engaging TEMPEST. If I could time-jump, I'd read the sequel yesterday at the very latest.” ―Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the CRUSADE series

“Julie Cross's thrilling debut is brimming with excitement, romance, and intrigue. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!” ―Beth Revis, New York Times-bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

“Jackson Meyer is a 19-year-old Upper East Sider with a loving and loyal girlfriend, a brilliant and funny best friend and an unexpected and exciting new talent. Jackson can suddenly "jump" back and forth in time. Cross takes readers on a thrilling ride as Jackson struggles to harness his abilities in a desperate attempt to learn the truth about who he is and, even more importantly, who he can trust. The characters are…complex and distinct, they will work their way into readers' hearts and stay with them long after the book is finished. Equal parts adventure, romance, science fiction…readers will turn the last page and find themselves wishing they could "jump" to the future and read the sequel.” ―KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

“Debut author Cross launches a trilogy with an exciting and complex page-turner about difficult choices. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer can travel in time, but he's no Doctor Who--he can only make short jumps backward, and he can't change anything. It's all harmless experimentation until his girlfriend, Holly, is shot when two gunmen attempt to kidnap him. Panicked, Jackson jumps back two years and gets stuck there. The consequences of unprepared time travel and Jackson pretending to be his 17-year-old self are amusing, but as he explores his life and pursues Holly (now his girlfriend-to-be), the already gripping story escalates. Jackson discovers his father's secret life with a shadowy government agency called Tempest, and father and son become tangled with violent rival time travelers determined to alter the course of history. As Jackson explores his powers, he has no idea which side to trust or who is trying to kill him, and failure to make the right decisions threaten worldwide repercussions. It's a story packed with moments both tender and electric--Cross's zippy writing and fresh plot are an exhilarating combination.” ―Publishers Weekly

“It's likely readers will want to time travel to early 2013 to read book No. 2 in this fast-paced and inventive series.” ―The Los Angeles Times

“One of my favorite books of 2012.” ―EW.com

“'Okay, so it's true. I can time travel. But it's not as exciting as it sounds.' Actually, it is every bit as exciting as it sounds. And the more Jackson learns about his powers and the nature of time travel, the more thrilling this novel gets. At first the teen treats his ability as a benign experiment and fodder for his geeky buddy's theorizing, but soon his talent becomes the key to saving his girlfriend and, quite possibly, the world. After watching Holly get shot, Jackson learns that most of what he knows about himself and his family is a lie and that powerful, opposing forces are willing to do just about anything to have him and his developing powers on their side. While the details of time travel are complex, they don't overpower the story, which remains focused on Jackson's relationships with Holly and his father. Teens looking for a romantic, high-adrenaline novel will have a hard time putting this one down. Jackson's sacrifice at the end will tug on heart strings and leave readers hungry for the next installment in a projected trilogy.” ―Library Journal

“This fast-paced spy thriller/romance packs a surprising emotional punch that leaves you wanting to leap into the future to devour the upcoming sequel.” ―Entertainment Weekly

“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

“For time traveler Jackson Meyer, the past is the key to his increasingly dangerous future. But who can he trust? The CIA? His mysterious father? Or his conspiracy-theory addicted best friend? A maze of ingenious twists and turns, TEMPEST takes you on a magic carpet ride that will have you flipping pages to the end.” ―Jana Oliver, author of THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER

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Product Details

  • Series: The Tempest Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312568894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312568894
  • ASIN: 0312568894
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

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.

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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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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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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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