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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tempest is a twisty time-travel romance that features some violence, a fair amount of profanity (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and some casual depictions of teen sexuality -- the main character and his girlfriend are in a fully sexual relationship, and the loss of virginity is discussed. The emphasis of the plot is on Matrix-like action, but the characters lack sufficient definition to make the story completely compelling or believable.
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What's the story?
College sophomore Jackson Meyer can travel through time, with some important restrictions. He can jump into his past, but nothing he does there has any impact on the present day. But after mysterious intruders shoot his girlfriend, Holly, Jackson finds himself stuck in 2007 and unable to return to his \"homebase,\" 2009. Still mourning the death of his twin sister and unable to trust his corporate CEO/CIA superspy father, Jackson must learn to use his strange abilities to protect Holly -- and perhaps even the fate of the civilization itself.
Is it any good?
TEMPEST starts with a promising new wrinkle in time-travel lore, but the plot's implausibility and the flatness of the characterizations quickly cause the narrative to wobble out of control. By mixing teen romance with Matrix-like action and Back to the Future temporal conundrums, author Julie Cross has set the bar high for herself, but she doesn't quite make the leap on her first attempt. However, teens who like time travel may still find it entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why time-travel stories are so popular in science fiction. What's so appealing about the notion of reliving parts of your life?
At the beginning of Tempest, Jackson and Holly are both college students, but when he gets stuck in the past, she's still in high school. What are some of the different expectations between college students and high school students who date?
How does the book portray teenage sexuality? Is it realistic? Would there be different/other consequences in real life?
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