Reviews for Tempest
Booklist Reviews 2011 December #2
Equal parts sf time-travel saga, secret-agent action thriller, and romance, this series starter takes time getting its bearings, even as dramatic scenes place its hero, Jackson, in inexplicable danger. For fans of puzzle-within-puzzle plots, this won't be a deterrent. Son of a New York City CEO, Jackson knows he is able to step back in time and has been testing his abilities with his science-nerd friend, Adam. But Jackson's girlfriend, Holly, is in the dark until two sinister men corner the couple and begin shooting. Shocked, Jackson is thrown far into his own past. Certain that the Holly he knows in 2009 is dead, he sets out to know an earlier version of her, while also learning that his own father may not be who he says he is. The CIA is involved, as is a doctor who engineered a terrible experiment. Significant ambiguities remain throughout the final act as Jackson makes some tough choices, though for some readers this may actually keep them panting for the sequel. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Nineteen-year-old Jackson has fun when he finds he can travel through time--until someone shoots and kills his girlfriend, Holly. Now Jackson and his brainy friend Adam must figure out how to save Holly and evade the Enemies of Time who are pursuing Jackson. This trilogy-opening novel is a fast-paced, gripping read, with a subtle romantic element.
Kirkus Reviews 2011 November #2
Jackson Meyer is a 19-year-old Upper East Sider with a loving and loyal girlfriend, a brilliant and funny best friend and an unexpected and exciting new talent. Inexplicably, Jackson can suddenly "jump" back and forth in time. Exploring his gift for time travel begins as harmless fun but quickly turns into a bona fide race against time as Jackson journeys two years into the past to save the girl he loves in the present. Using a combination of Jackson's journal entries and his own first-person narration, debut author Cross takes readers on a thrilling ride as Jackson struggles to harness his abilities in a desperate attempt to learn the truth about who he is and, even more importantly, who he can trust. Though plenty complicated, the logistics of time travel are woven into the story in a way that makes them accessible to readers yet still feel organic. The characters are equally well crafted. Complex and distinct, they will work their way into readers' hearts and stay with them long after the book is finished. It is equal parts adventure, romance, science fiction and touching family drama; readers will turn the last page and find themselves wishing they could "jump" to the future and read the sequel. (Science fiction. 14 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 May/June
Jackson time travels-not a very worthwhile ability since nothing he does changes anything; until a suspicious group shoots his girlfriend. He jumps back to 2007 and takes over his old life, trying to figure out how to get back to his reality and save his girlfriend. This storyline is marred by convoluted concepts, though the author attempts to make things clearer by starting each chapter with a date and time. Jackson is a strong, well-developed character interacting with other interesting characters, though his girlfriend is more of a stereotype. While the ending feels rushed, this is a fast read for reluctant readers. Boys will appreciate the action-packed pacing and the main character. As this is the first book in a trilogy, look for this title to have bigger press in the future. Kristin Fletcher-Spear, Teen Librarian, Foothills Branch Library, Glendale, Arizona. RECOMMENDED. Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 December #1
Debut author Cross launches a trilogy with an exciting and complex page-turner about difficult choices. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer can travel in time, but he's no Doctor Who--he can only make short jumps backward, and he can't change anything. It's all harmless experimentation until his girlfriend, Holly, is shot when two gunmen attempt to kidnap him. Panicked, Jackson jumps back two years and gets stuck there. The consequences of unprepared time travel and Jackson pretending to be his 17-year-old self are amusing, but as he explores his life and pursues Holly (now his girlfriend-to-be), the already gripping story escalates. Jackson discovers his father's secret life with a shadowy government agency called Tempest, and father and son become tangled with violent rival time travelers determined to alter the course of history. As Jackson explores his powers, he has no idea which side to trust or who is trying to kill him, and failure to make the right decisions threaten worldwide repercussions. It's a story packed with moments both tender and electric--Cross's zippy writing and fresh plot are an exhilarating combination. Ages 14-up. Agent: FinePrint Literary Management. (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC
School Library Journal Reviews 2012 February
Gr 8 Up--"Okay, so it's true. I can time travel. But it's not as exciting as it sounds." Actually, it is every bit as exciting as it sounds. And the more Jackson learns about his powers and the nature of time travel, the more thrilling this novel gets. At first the teen treats his ability as a benign experiment and fodder for his geeky buddy's theorizing, but soon his talent becomes the key to saving his girlfriend and, quite possibly, the world. After watching Holly get shot, Jackson learns that most of what he knows about himself and his family is a lie and that powerful, opposing forces are willing to do just about anything to have him and his developing powers on their side. While the details of time travel are complex, they don't overpower the story, which remains focused on Jackson's relationships with Holly and his father. Teens looking for a romantic, high-adrenaline novel will have a hard time putting this one down. Jackson's sacrifice at the end will tug on heart strings and leave readers hungry for the next installment in a projected trilogy.--Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA [Page 112]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
VOYA Reviews 2011 December
Jackson Meyer, age nineteen, has barely discovered his ability to time travel when tragedy strikes: his girlfriend, Holly, is fatally shot by two strangers claiming to know his father. In a panic, Jackson jumps through time farther than he ever has--two years into the past--and finds himself stuck there. With the help of his brilliant hacker friend, Adam, he struggles to uncover why Holly was targeted, his father's true identity (and thus his own), and how to hone his skills enough to return to the present and save Holly's life Cross debuts in a big way, with Tempest kicking off an "epic trilogy" that has already been optioned as a feature film. Cross dodges some of the current teen romance clichés by writing from the guy's point of view and depicting Jackson's love for Holly as believably immature and imperfect. Romance fans may discover a newfound interest in time travel, while time travel fans will find some fresh mind-bending ideas at work: Jackson discovers ways to travel that do not necessarily change history. A few references could date the book (Jackson's present year being 2009, TV's Jon and Kate splitting up, swine flu), and the twisting plot may require frequent flipping back and rereading, but teens not quite ready for The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004) should find plenty to engage them here. This is a worthwhile purchase for both school and public libraries.--Rebecca O'Neil 3Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.