Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication:January 15th, 2013
Page Count: 368
Julie Cross's Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save.
Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he's lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.
I absolutely adored Jackson in the first book. He was vulnerable, confused, and head-over-heels in love with Holly. While I'm not one to usually enjoy books with the romance being the center of the book, I was okay with this one. Jackson wore his heart on his sleeve and exponentially grew as a character throughout the book. In Vortex, Jackson is a complete bad ass! His character development kept on growing! It was such an amazing experience to read. I still love him.
And this story was something else! When I thought things couldn't get any worse, they did. The fast-paced plot sucked me right in and wouldn't spit me out until the very end. Plot twists that blew my mind were around every corner. I know that in my review for Tempest I had said that it was a little predictable, but Vortex was an entirely different story. Fantastic! I was shocked, dismayed, confused, upset, elated, and frustrated all in the matter of a few pages. I felt so many Things!
Sadly, I really can't say much about this book without spoiling it in one way or another, which is really unfortunate. I'd love to spill out every thought I had about this book, but unless you've read this book, I can't.
In Vortex, Jackson may have changed the course of history for him and others, but he certainly can't control what will happen in the new timeline. Vortex was such an emotional ride for both characters and readers. Fast-paced, unpredictable, dangerous, and beautiful was Vortex in all its splendid being. If you're a fan of sci-fi, time travel, and star-crossed lovers, and have not read this series, I suggest you get on it, folks. It is an unforgettable story that you wouldn't want to miss.