Jackson, main character of Tempest by Julie Cross has a really cool ability. He can jump backwards in time. He may not have the ability to change the past, but at least he can revisit it. Working for day camp with his best friend Adam, a science genius, and his girlfriend Holly, Jackson’s idyllic days are about to come to an end when his girlfriend Holly dies in his arms, murdered by mysterious time traveler agents. Jackson must jump to the past to find a way to save Holly.
Tempest is the first in a trilogy by Julie Cross. It is a very intense read. I thought it was nothing like Twilight, so one should ignore that comparison. Tempest is a strong story from a debut author. There are SO MANY excellent elements: characters, science, plotting, romance and COLLEGE!
Jackson feels like a real 19 year old male. He sears. He’s not quite written as a female character but with male parts if you get my drift. Jackson has realistic physical reactions to his girlfriend, Holly. He understands sacrifice. There are legitimate stakes for Jackson. I love that he is ultimately a kind character despite his faults.
The science is another awesome element. Jackson tries to figure out the how and why of his ability with his best friend Adam via math theories and observation. I won’t li, as a bit of a self-professed geek, I LOVED the pages devoted to the science of time travel. I think this element is great if you admire science.
The pacing of Tempest is fast. As I mentioned above, it is intense. As a reader, I kept hoping Jackson would be able to save Holly. I love that Julie Cross dropped clues and foreshadowing for the future books. I was left asking myself just who are the bad guys?
The romance between Jackson and Holly feels real. There is no instant love, rather the romance follows a logical progression. I love that it doesn’t heat up too fast, yet there is still tension. ALSO, the chemistry between the two is sizzling. I found that I understood why the characters were attracted to each other.
Tempest is a promising start to a new Young Adult series. I look forward to more from Julie Cross and already have my theories about book two.
Disclosure: Received for review