Saturday, April 21, 2012

Audiobook Review: Julie Cross' "Tempest" (Tempest Trilogy Book #1)

Macmillan Audio
January 2012
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427215024
ISBN10: 1427215022
Young Adult Fiction
Audio Run Time: 11:00
Review Copy Courtesy Of: Macmillan Audio
(In exchange for an honest review)

Synopsis Via Audiobook Box:

Today, Jackson and Holly are in love. Tomorrow, she will lie dying in his arms. Yesterday, he must undo it all....

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy-he's in college, has a girlfriend...and he can travel back through time. But it's not like the movies-nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there's no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors-it's just harmless fun.

That is, until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson accidentally jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous jumps. Now he's stuck in 2007 and can't get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007, learns what he can about his abilities, and meets Holly for the first time...again. But it's not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these "Enemies Of Time" wills top at nothing to recruit this powerful young time traveler. Recruit...or kill him. Piecing together clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself. Jackson must decide how far he's willing to go to save Holly...and possibly the entire world.

Saph's Review:

Jackson is a nineteen-year-old rich kid living it up in Manhattan, attending college, and spending time with his girlfriend, Holly. Well, spending time with Holly when he and his best friend, Adam, aren't testing Jackson's abilities at time travel. After Holly and Jackson are gunned down in her apartment, Jackson panics and jumps back to 2007, changing with him not only the year but his home base, as well. As he struggles to figure out a way to jump back to 2009 to save Holly he discovers things about his father that shock him. He learns about his father's secret life; a life he never wanted for Jackson. What if everything you knew to be real turns out to be untrue? Jackson's past is uncovered one jump at a time until there's nothing left but the truth. But....will he get back to 2009 in time, or at all, to save the one girl he's falling in love with?

Jackson is a decent Leading Man....he is a spoiled rich kid and I wasn't really impressed with the implied number of females he's been with sexually.  You definitely do see him grow and mature a bit through the book though.  He's able to transitions from being self-centered to actually caring about other events, like the potential destruction of the world.  He has depth, although I noticed several other reviews don't agree with that.  He's a typical teenager but as the book goes along he realizes that there's more out there than getting any girl he wants, butlers to do his bidding, and an endless credit card.  We get to see a more emotional side to Jackson when he jumps back to 2004 and spends a heart wrenching night with his twin sister.  And he may be unable to utter those 3 special words to Holly at the beginning but after jumping around and traveling within timelines he understands just how important Holly is and near the end he commits the ultimate sacrifice; one that left me emotional and pretty upset.

Holly, Adam, Jackson's father, the Enemies Of Time (OETs), and the rest of the secondary players were written well for the roles that they play.  Many people have written that they were weak, uninteresting, and boring but, while they didn't jump up and exude tons of excitement, each and every one of the characters in this book had a specific role to play and Ms. Cross pulled them off well.  Her writing style (as listened to since, you know, this is a review of an audio book), transitioned each sub-plot well.

This book is packed full of revelations, surprises, and twists around every corner, regardless of what year Jackson happens to be in.  I will admit that I'm not really that big into time travel.  It's not my favorite theme by any means but I didn't mind "Tempest."  I wasn't confused by the timeline jumps as Jackson always stated what month, day, and year, he jumped to, whether he knew right away or had to ask someone. It helped that the narrator, Matthew Brown, did an excellent job reading the material.  He adjusted his voice quite effectively and I always knew who was talking before he would say the name of the person.  He brought out the emotions of each character successfully.


A special Thank You to Esther at Macmillan Audio!!!

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