Author: Julie Cross
Publication Date: 17th January 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
I originally saw Tempest in the book store after seeing the cover (which is gorgeous) and also reading the blurb I was instantly intrigued. Time travel? Enemies of time? Sign me up! It was definitely a topic that I haven’t read much of in YA and was looking forward to a breath of fresh air when it comes to plot lines and I wasn’t disappointed.
Tempest is the first book in a trilogy and is very different from any YA book I’ve read in the recent past, with it’s secret organizations and Jackson’s amazing ability; I really loved the concept. However understanding all that happened in the book took a lot of concentration, the description and explanation behind how Jackson can do what he does is quite complex and took me a couple of times to reread and digest and understand the information.
I did have a little trouble with some of Jackson’s commentary; he does make some comments that are sexist and misogynistic, that made me dislike him and his judgements - I didn't find him as relatable and real as other male protagonists that I've read. Also the story is written as if Jackson is thinking and that kind of style of writing is never my favourite so it took a little while to get used to. But I carried on despite these comments because I think the storyline was worth it.
As for Jackson’s girlfriend Holly I loved how he discovered different sides to her, through the different years he visited her (I wish I could go visit my friends from two years ago because you just forget how quickly people grow and change because of the events that happen to them) but as far as romance goes I wouldn’t say that was a main part of the story, it was mainly geared towards Jackson discovering not only how to use these time travelling abilities he has but also learning about those who are trying to use him because of them.
However the story is very complex and interwoven with so many different things that when one of your questions is answered there’s still a million more you want to find out. This made the book incredibly intriguing and kept me guessing and gasping with surprise all the way to the end. It was very unique and demands your interest.
My favourite character was actually Adam, Jackson’s incredibly clever friend who helps him along his journey from discovery and testing his abilities to helping him save himself. I would have liked a little more time for Adam to shine (hopefully in the next book!) because he seemed to have a lot more to offer, not just his knowledge.
Tempest, Julie Cross’ debut novel, takes the concept of time travel and shakes things up – a great read for those who love fast paced, action with an interesting twist.