Sunday, September 8, 2013

TEMPEST by Julie Cross, Fasten Your Seatbelts For This Time Travel Adventure, No DeLorean Necessary

This caught my eye because - time travel, obviously. But what kept me intrigued was how it was different from your typical run-of-the-mill time travel stories where you have to worry about changing things. In fact, it kind of reminded me of FRINGE in some aspects, because there are multiple timelines. Before I get to far into it, here:

Your Quickie Synopsis:  Nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his ability to travel through time after his girlfriend, Holly, is fatally shot during a violent struggle, but his journey two years into the past leads him to make a startling discovery about his father and the powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.

Jackson finds out that his father is involved in a secret society that fights against another organization filled with time travelers trying to wreck havoc on the planet. Or maybe they're trying to save the world. It's not really clear in the beginning. In fact, the more you read, the more questions pop up. But, it's an adventurous story with a lot of puzzles. The relationship between Jackson and Holly is well developed, as is the complicated relationship between Jackson and his father.

Fair warning though, don't take three weeks to read it, like I did. Read it quickly, because if you don't you'll get confused with all the different time periods Jackson ends up in. I had to re-read a lot.

Bottom line: It's a fast paced adventure with good characters. If you like time-travel, you'll enjoy it. Also, it sets itself up to be a great trilogy. The second book, VORTEX, is out now, and the third will follow in January. Check out the author's website here.