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Better than the Movie!

Jumper the book was so much better than the movie. The movie did a lot of twisting with the book and added characters and other problems that made it confusing. But the book,wow, Steven Gould wrote a masterpiece. The best Sci-Fi book I've ever read. It's a personal ...
Jumper the book was so much better than the movie. The movie did a lot of twisting with the book and added characters and other problems that made it confusing. But the book,wow, Steven Gould wrote a masterpiece. The best Sci-Fi book I've ever read. It's a personal favorite for me!

posted by Anonymous on April 6, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Teleporting boy goes to NYC and plans a bank heist

Davy lives with his alcoholic, stingy, abusive father. On one occasion, Davy accidentally "jumps" (teleports) away just as his father is about to beat him with a belt buckle. Seizing the opportunity, Davy runs away from home but finds himself accosted by a quartet of tr...
Davy lives with his alcoholic, stingy, abusive father. On one occasion, Davy accidentally "jumps" (teleports) away just as his father is about to beat him with a belt buckle. Seizing the opportunity, Davy runs away from home but finds himself accosted by a quartet of truck drivers. Luckily, he teleports away again. Realizing he has a strange and unbelievable talent, Davy decides to make his way in the world alone. Once in New York City, Davy finds that his age (seventeen years old) doesn't allow him to register for school or work without a parent or papers. In desperation, Davy plans a bank heist that can only be accomplished with his unique ability.

After walking away with a sizable sum of money, Davy lives the high life: living out of hotels, buying expensive clothes and eating at expensive restaurants. Despite having nearly everything he needs only a "jump" away, he discovers that he can only teleport to places he has been to before and can clearly picture in his mind. Backed by his bank heist money, he travels extensively in order to accumulate a large number of teleportation sites. Eventually, Davy puts his ability to use in stopping airline hijackers, but this catches the attention of the NSA, which seeks to understand Davy's ability and use him for their own purposes.

Despite the intriguing concept behind Steven Gould's Jumper, the novel doesn't offer much of a conflict for its protagonist until more than halfway through. While it is intriguing to follow Davy and see how he utilizes his ability, the plot is mostly just watching him figure things out. Much of the novel feels like a thought exercise in the best way to utilize such an ability to benefit oneself or others (within the confines of the mechanics of teleportation that Gould has established). It appears the drastic changes made to the movie adaptation was to create a conflict and a plot, which the book is lacking. Jumper is clearly aimed at a young adult audience, as Davy's angst may come across as childish or simply corny to older readers. Gould's description of New York City, and specifically Times Square, comes across as dated (the area hasn't been that way in over a decade and a half!).

Despite the plain writing style and the sometimes annoying angst of Davy, the book was still interesting enough to keep me reading almost non-stop until I was finished. I guess it was after finishing the book that I realized that I wish more had happened. Make sure to check out Reflex, the sequel to Jumper, for a more action-packed (and better-plotted) story with Davy and teleportation. If anything, a movie should have been made from Reflex, with Jumper only serving as an introduction to the better story.

[Disclosure: This review also appears on FingerFlow.com, a site for review and discussion of creative works.]

posted by JosephCopeli on August 5, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    The best book of teleport yet!!!

    This guy can really write, i read this book 3 1/2 yrs ago but i didnt get a chance to put down a review. but i tell u, the best detail in teleporting history yet!!! I still enjoy reading this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    Fun for all ages

    This may be classified by some as a young adults title, but as a real adult I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and have read it twice. It is a quick but fun read. Very imaginative. I would love to see this come out as a movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    VERY GOOD

    This book is great on many levels. While the over-all premis is unrealistic (yet a great concept, well presented and quite enjoyable) the actions and attitudes of Davey accurately reflect those of a teen. Also pretty realistic is his life on his own. The perils, violence, language and sexual situations were at no time overly explicit for todays younger reader, yet detailed enough to make such a reader realize the very big, very real downside of a minor (even a si-fi gifted one) living on his own. Davey having a love interest was a refreshing and realistic change of pace from the standard younger reader agenda, where the characters usually don't seem to realize girls and boys are of opposite genders and by nature are atracted to one another. In Jumper, Davey was giving some serious, thought-provoking, consideration to every phase of his relationship; questions todays younger reader might do well to ask themselves. I will add that the awards this book received were both in the catagory of young adult, which I take to mean 12ish +. I would not endorse this for the Dr. Suese set, but for a young adult, there are likely no words or actions in this book that would shock them. Even if you have concerns about this, the positive points and statements this fun read make far outweigh any negitives. I'd reccomend it to all readers, young adult and over--no age is too old to enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2002

    Best I've ever read!

    I can't say enough about this book. After reading SF and Fanatsy for over 40 years I can safely say this is one of my favorites. I have read all of this authors other books as well and I reccomend them also, but this is his best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2002

    Not recommended for children

    Look, this is a very good book, and I have to preface this by saying that I read a version published before the young adult line was launched; perhaps it has been edited. <p>I've read Harry Potter, and it was OK. I really liked Jumper. Except for the child abuse, aloholism, attempted rape, mugging, murders, terrorism and sex, it's just what I'd recommend to a young child. This book deals well with some of the issues that will face a child that runs away. It does so without getting overly graphic, but the emotional impact is not lessened - Gould is a very good author. This is a book that can make you think as well as give you a great story and compelling characters. I'd suggest this for mature young teens and up.

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