Expected Publication: January 17th, 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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.
Tempest was an enjoyable book, but unfortunately there were a few hang-ups that prevented me from enjoying it fully. But it was still decent.
Tempest reminds me a lot of The Butterfly Effect, although there are some obvious differences. I think this story will be more enjoyable as a movie, because I think it would be easier to follow that way. Maybe I just wasn’t understanding it completely, but I really had a hard time keeping track of things, and everything just felt all over the place. Not to mention far-fetched, and dare I say, cheesy.
I liked that Jackson felt believable as a male character. He had thoughts that weren’t always grand, and it made his voice feel authentic. However, there was so much jumping around (obviously) that I didn’t feel all that connected to any of the characters. There were different versions of everyone, depending on what year Jackson was in and at what point these characters were at in their lives. It made it difficult to get to know any of them, so I just didn’t care about them. Holly specifically—she was supposed to be a main focus in the story, and I didn’t feel like I knew her at all. She was just…there.
There are a lot of unanswered questions. And while I realize this is setting us up for the sequel, it was frustrating. There are a lot of things that Jackson doesn’t understand, some (what seemed like) foreshadowing that doesn’t amount to anything in this book, and a lot of “I can’t tell you’s”. After a while, I just stopped expecting answers.
It ends with a cliffhanger that did not leave me excited for the sequel. It actually made me think, “Really? This setup again? Really?!”
I’m sure it sounds like I hated this book, but I really didn’t. It was okay, and there was never a moment I even considered giving up on it. I will most likely read the sequel, but with much lower expectations. I think a lot of YA lovers will latch onto this series.
3 out of 5 stars.