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Tempest by Julie Cross
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Oct 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: time-travel, ya-fantasy
Read from August 29 to 30, 2012

An interesting premise, and optioned for a movie it seems, this is a fairly good book for teens that uses time travel and it's mind bending issues associated with it, to showcase what messing around with time could do, and some of the problems associated with it. While it is all speculation, and thus fantasy, rather than SF, it is a good start. Time travel, at least at this stage of the game is classified as "impossible" by most theoreticians. But there are possible loopholes, one being the existence of parallel universes. So that time travel is merely a jump to anther universe, and you are either entering that time stream, or creating a branch of another universe, so that anything you do cannot affect your own original time stream. Complicated, head ache inducing at times, it is a story of love, loss, and the future and past. Jackson is a college sophomore,with his girlfriend Holy, a freshman, in his dorm room, when two men break in, and try to take him, accidentally shooting Holly. Surprised, he does something he has been able to do for a few years, jump back in time (never the future for now), and ends up in 2007, two years before the time he belongs in and before he met Holly. Always before he could jump right back, as if nothing had happened, but this time he can't. He'd never jumped more than a few days before, and now he accidentally jumped two years. Desperate for a way to figure out what is going on, who were those men, and how to get back to his timeline and save Holly, he jumps around time, and attracts the attention of several groups. He begins to learn more about his powers, how they came to be, and who knows about this ability. A good solid romp through time.

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