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Tempest [Hardcover]

Julie Cross
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5 Jan 2012
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 catapaults 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. And stay alive.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230756263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230756267
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. She never considered writing professionally until May of 2009. Since then, she hasn't gone a day without writing.

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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 tra

About the Author

Julie Cross lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. Julie is a YMCA Gymnastics Program Director, which means she works with lots of teenagers, who help to inspire the characters she creates. This is her first series for young adults.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I've never actually read any time travel books before so I was really excited when I received my copy of Julie Cross's debut novel, Tempest. But most importantly, as much as I had no idea what to expect at first, it turned out to be a fantastic book I could barely put down - something which I'd definitely recommend to anyone who likes an exciting, action-packed young adult romance.

I must admit that Jackson and Holly - the two main characters- did not really appeal to me at first. While the story was interesting and it kept me going, I kept thinking about how cold Holly's personality was and how much of a `spoilt brat' Jackson was. What made me even more doubtful was the fact that this whole time-travel thing with its parallel universe theory and different time lines is quite a confusing issue and Cross keeps you in the dark for a long time. Hence my initial worry about not understanding the story and not being able to emotionally connect to the characters. But what can I say? I was completely wrong.

The characters completely grew on me and I realized how much I misjudged them at first. Jackson is a down-to-earth guy with a likeable nature, someone who's very charismatic and who will no doubt be a favourite with the female audience. I found it quite touching that even though he's a cool, rich and popular guy, he had a great relationship with her sister who passed away a few years prior to the beginning of the story, and how much his family meant to him. And how much he loves Holly, of course. The author did a great job letting us a take a glimpse behind the cool exterior and see his more emotional, softer side.

Cross raises several questions in her novel and you can't help thinking about them either. What happens to your body during a time jump?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Forget everything you know about time-travel' 26 Dec 2011
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I really, really enjoyed this book. And I really really wish it were a standalone, rather than the first of a trilogy. Because now it means I will have to wait a year for the second, in which time I will forget everything that happened in this book.

19-year-old Jackson Meyer is figuring out small-scale time-travel with his friend Adam, and hiding it from his girlfriend Holly. But everything comes to a dangerous head when two strangers walk in on the couple. When Holly is shot, Jackson jumps - two years into the past, to 2007, but it's not like any jump he's done before. This time, it's wholly real - and he can't get back.

Tempest is pacy and well-written - its scope and magnitude reminds me of (the first season of) Heroes, with its New York City setting doubly emphatic. This is a rare book where the romance didn't offset the action - in fact, Holly and Jackson's relationship altogether is so much better than a lot of YA couples. It probably helps that they are older teenagers. At 19, the whole angst element is done away with (does he like me, does she like me? Oh I'll just die if he doesn't! Oh I couldn't possibly live without her! Etc.), and instead you have a real, complicated and heartwarming relationship - not without its problems, but THANK GOD without the angst.

The major sci-fi/thriller aspect to this is also very compelling. Why can Jackson time-travel? How does it work? Why is he stuck? Who are the men who shot Holly and why are they after him? Who is Jackson himself? Who is his father? WHAT is his father?

At times, I found it a little difficult to keep up with the cast of characters (and thus might benefit from a re-read), but the depth of characterisation and the suspense of the unfolding plot keep you reading this in a single sitting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant time travel story 2 April 2013
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I've been meaning to read Tempest for a while now so when I saw it on a shelf at my school library I was delighted. Tempest is written from the point of view of Jackson, a 19 year old boy with the ability to travel in time. He discovered this ability a few months ago and has been experimenting with brief forays into the past and his nerdy friend Adam has been helping him compile all his research in an attempt to figure out what the heck is going on. Jackson is pretty happy with his life, he's in college with a beautiful girlfriend, but one day strangers turn up at his dorm room and his girlfriend, Holly, ends up stabbed. As soon as that happens, an uncontrollable sensation takes over Jackson and suddenly he's been transported 2 years into the past. However, this time things are different. This time Jackson is stuck in the past. Trying desperately to get back to the present and figure out who the hell those people were and what they wanted with him, Jackson looks for Adam and Holly in 2007, an Adam and Holly who don't know Jackson yet.

Tempest was a brilliantly original story, one like none other Ive ever read before. Time travel isn't something I've read about a lot but Julie Cross seems to have invented a pretty unique world. Jackson can travel into the past, but only to different timelines (kind of like parallel universes) so nothing that he does in them actually affects the present. At least that's what happens when you make a half jump (all that Jackson is currently capable). When you make a full jump, as Jackson accidentally does when he sees Holly stabbed, things get complicated and actions have bigger consequences. Even though there are lots of jumps to different years meaning that we see the same character at varying ages, it wasn't confusing at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 17 days ago by Mr. Alan S. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Time Travel Fantasy & Romance
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Romance/fantasy is not usually my thing, but I decided to take a chance on this book, and I was glad I did. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bruce E Arrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Read
Brilliant book with a fab plot line. I literally couldn't put it down. Can not wait until I have enough for the next book in the series and I am hoping that it is as as good as... Read more
Published 8 months ago by tootie
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Easy to read not over technical considering the topic. Time travel Interesting idea would you if you could ? Yes is my answer cause I would . Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A contrived time travel plot that makes no sense.
Imagine what would happen if The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger, and Jumper by Steven Gould had a baby. The result would be Tempest by Julie Cross. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Vanessa F
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm a sucker for Time Travel romances.
The Time Travel doesn't even need to make that much sense as long as the book is well written and the story engrosing. Yep, this sure is. Read more
Published 17 months ago by StarPlayer
5.0 out of 5 stars YA time travel thriller with a romance kick
Can Jackson save Holly? That's the big question in this fab twisty thriller. The plot centres on a nineteen year old who's just trying to methodically test out and understand his... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. B. S. Kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget all you think you know about time travel!
Tempest is the first in a YA trilogy, which I would say is aimed more at older teenagers - which also makes it great for us oldies too! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michelle Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed
The book is a good mix of personal life involving love, relationships etc as well as the life of cia angents and an invisible organization, the book shows how the two lives don't... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ben Hodgetts
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and heart-touching!
Tempest is a book that is incredibly interesting. I couldn't put the book down, even if it meant getting told off by my parents for staying up so late. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Megan Woolley
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