Thursday, 16 February 2012

TEEN: Tempest - Julie Cross

Release Date: 05/01/12


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.


I love a debut and when it’s something that plays to my tastes I can really get behind the book to enjoy it for all its worth. What this title does is play with the old concept of time travel and with the added twist that whilst its only minor time to begin with (in Jackson’s case a couple of days) it all goes to pot when the key plotline kicks in and he finds himself transported back two years with no way of getting back.

It’s clever, has a solid plot and with the solid concept and prose, makes this a title that really was a joy to read. Add to this a reasonable attempt at pace (it does get slow in places) and its overall a satisfying debut with a good solid premise for the overall arc. I’ll look forward to seeing what Julie comes up with next.

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