Good R eads Summary
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 jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time 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 and learns what he can about his abilities.
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” 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 he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.
It took forever to get things going but once I was more than just a little interested, the story ended (and in a dramatic fashion, might I add.) Normally, YA’s told from the boy’s POV are a win for me. Yet, even with Jackson being believable (sometimes likeable and sometimes not, ) I can’t say that I liked his story. Everything just took too long and towards the end was a bit… too much.
He’s a boy with a lot of money as well as good fortune on his side. He’s also a boy who’d discovered he was special beyond good looks and said deep pocket. Add that he’s a boy who’s like any other: deathly afraid of showing his feelings; a fear somehow linked to his tragic family history. OK, so where did the sci-fi bit come in? Think The Time Machine of a girl’s death propelling the boy to go back in time to save her. Only when he does do this: a lot of things (everything?) goes wrong. While I admit that he is the only reason I even finished this, dear me… when I say there’s everything in this, I mean it (kitchen sink included.)
It’s got time travel. He jumps (erg, half jumps) from moment to moment. But unlike stories of the same type, he does not affect the future by doing so. While I’d have liked to understand more of this, that this is the first in a series explains the lack of depth in said aspect. (So, I’m likely to read the next one despite the sad lack in character development.) There’s also the whole spy thriller thing going on. Now, think of JUMPER, except not as fast paced. What I had a problem with was how easily things went for him. Because not only could he friggin’ travel through time, well, he was expected to have (view spoiler)[photographic memory. And if those weren’t enough to take in, there’s this thing called the Axelle. (hide spoiler)]
Of course, there’s a girl who motivates him… for God knows what because seriously, beyond Jackson, all other characters went nowhere. Even Adam, whom I saw so much potential in. So while people abound, I didn’t know that much of them save that they were good friends, best friends, girl friends and sometimes creepy mysterious fathers. Wait! I must mention an enemy with an unfortunately painfully obvious name of…wait for it… ENEMIES OF TIME!
It was interesting (eventually) though I do think this would make for a more interesting movie.