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 jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now heâ??s stuck in 2007 and canâ??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 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But itâ??s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these â??Enemies of Timeâ? will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit. . . or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far heâ??s willing to go to save Holly. . . and possibly the entire world.
First impressions: I completely fell in love with Jackson. His voice is strong, sweet, and funny. You can’t help but root for him as he jumps to save his girlfriend and reconnect with his dead sister.
Lasting impressions: This is a book about second chances, and Jackson’s journey is a heart-wrenching one full of mystery, loss, and love. It definitely brought a few tears to my eye.
Conflicting impressions: I wasn’t totally feeling the connection with Holly. Because we see her in two different times, and most of that time is in the past, I wasn’t able to piece together exactly who she was or why she was so perfect for Jackson. Since their love story is what drives the plot, at times I felt a bit distant while reading.
Overall impressions: I do love a good time travel story, and this one has the interesting perspective of being about small jumps. No centuries here – we’re talking minutes, hours, and in a sudden twist, a few years. Jackson has never been able to travel far, so when he witnesses Holly’s shooting and winds up stuck two years in the past, he’s stumped.
The book follows Jackson as he tries to explain his presence in New York when his two-years-ago self is supposed to be studying abroad in Spain. He sets out to find 2007 Holly (“007 Holly” as he calls her) and through her meet Adam, who becomes their mutual friend in the future and has been helping Jackson study his time traveling. He needs Adam’s help if he’s going to jump back to 2009 and save Holly, and he uses the new time with 007 Holly to get to know more about her. In the midst of his travels, he also gets the chance to see his twin sister, who died from leukemia, as her younger self. Those scenes are beautiful and touching, sorrowful and sweet, and were some of my favorite moments in the book.
The story gets a little convoluted with the dual Adams, Hollys, and bad guys. Jackson’s dad, Kevin, has a role to play in this mystery, and he comes with a cadre of other gun-wielding people that Jackson isn’t so quick to trust. Around this point is where I started to see this book sort of similar to The Adjustment Bureau, with lots of guys in fancy hats running around and trying to stop Jackson and Holly from being together.
The book is very cinematic, so it’s no surprise to learn that it’s been snapped up by Summit Entertainment. As the trilogy continues, I hope we find out a lot more about Kevin’s involvement in his son’s time travel, and what consequences result from him traveling into the past. This is an exciting and fresh new story in young adult fiction and I highly recommend it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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