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TEMPEST by Julie Cross Kirkus Star

TEMPEST

From the Tempest (Cross) series, volume 1

By Julie Cross

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-312-56889-4
Publisher: Dunne/St. Martin’s Griffin

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)