Impulse

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Steven Gould returns to the world of his classic novel Jumper in Impulse.

Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents’ arms. She’s teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother ...

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Overview

Steven Gould returns to the world of his classic novel Jumper in Impulse.

Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents’ arms. She’s teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she’s never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger.

Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom. That was the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Familiarity with Gould’s Jumper and Reflex (or, at minimum, the film of Jumper) is recommended before starting this initially confusing but intriguing story. Millicent “Cent” Ross is born in secrecy and raised in relative seclusion by her overprotective parents, Millie and Davy. The isolation isn’t without reason: government forces and others are looking for the Ross family. Millie and Davy have the ability to teleport, or “jump,” from location to location. Cent has only jumped with her parents, never on her own, until a freak accident unleashes her dormant power and opens up a whole new world. She demands release from her isolation, but controlling her power is as daunting as navigating high school, what with boys, sports, and a particularly loathsome bully. Fans of the series will enjoy meeting the next generation, but other readers may just feel lost. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
Jumper [is] one of those rare books that can be read as a YA or a book for adults; like Ender's Game or vintage Heinlein.”—Cory Doctorow

Reflex is a fun, fast-paced novel… You don’t need to have read Jumper to enjoy the new novel, but all three of the books mentioned here are highly recommended.”—Charles de Lint,  The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Library Journal
Since childhood, Cent has lived off the grid with her parents in an isolated Yukon cabin. Cent's parents are both "jumpers," whose abilities to teleport have made them a target of governments and other organizations wanting to exploit them. Now a teenager, Cent wants to experience normal high school life. When an emergency situation triggers her first "jump," her parents reluctantly agree but decide they will all keep a low profile. But circumstances—and Cent's sense of honor—dictate otherwise, and the family finds itself back on the radar. Gould re-enters the world of his Jumper series (Jumper; Jumper: Griffin's Story; Reflex), following the first jumpers and their daughter as they confront a modern world even more complex and morally ambiguous than the one they fled. VERDICT With its teenage protagonist treading a treacherous path through high school, adult and YA fans of both J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels and Orson Scott Card's "Ender" series will enjoy this sf adventure.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This addition to the series is the first one marketed to young adults. It stands strongly on its own, but will encourage teens to pick up Jumper (1992) and Reflex (2004, both Tor) as well as seek out the 2008 film, Jumper, based on the first book. Sixteen-year-old Cent has spent her life in isolation, hiding from the people who are looking to kidnap and control her father and his ability to jump from place to place via teleportation. Although she has been able to travel the world by "jumping" with her parents, her entire existence is a secret, and she has never been able to go to school or have friends. This all changes when she is caught in an avalanche and suddenly ends up back in her own bedroom. Cent is a jumper, too. No longer able to protect her, her parents allow her to assume a false name, set down roots, and attend school, where she makes friends and finds her first love. But what happens when her identity is discovered and her family is suddenly in grave danger? A great science-fiction story that holds up to classic adult/YA crossovers, this is a must-read for any fans of the genre. With a strong female protagonist, interesting secondary characters, a bit of romance, some humor, and loads of action and adventure, Impulse will keep readers engaged from start to finish.—Sharon McKellar, Oakland Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
The third of a well-regarded series (that inspired a poorly regarded film) is essentially Teleporting: The Next Generation, as Davy and Millie Rice's daughter Cent discovers that she, too, can "jump." Years after teleporter Davy Rice was captured by a mysterious corporation (Reflex, 2004), he remains paranoid that they'll find him or his loved ones again. He and his wife, Millie, live off the grid in a nearly inaccessible lodge 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, home-schooling their 16-year-old daughter and strongly discouraging her from developing relationships with others. Cent's unhappiness with the status quo finally persuades her parents to purchase a home in a small town and enroll her in high school. Of course, the Rices' pretense at a normal life doesn't last long. Like her parents, who covertly teleport to spearhead relief efforts all over the globe, Cent has compulsive heroic tendencies. She simply can't resist employing her newly developed teleporting ability against Caffeine, the school bully who's blackmailing three freshman into serving as drug mules. Davy's overprotectiveness of his daughter will be most amusing to series fans--as a 17-year-old in Jumper (1992), he was robbing banks and fighting terrorists. One of the strongest aspects of the series is its serious attempt to explore and exploit the possibilities of teleporting (and how to circumvent them), and Cent's experiments to add velocity to her jumps add velocity to the plot. Readers will cheer for sympathetic Cent, but she's a bit too perfect; despite her extraordinarily isolated upbringing and claims of social awkwardness, her insightfulness about people is incredibly high, and she's unreasonably able at negotiating the dating scene. Ultimately, though, this is a great romp with a little social conscience–raising mixed in. Mr. Gould, please write faster.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765366023
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Jumper Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 228,052
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Gould
Steven Gould is the author of Jumper, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, and Jumper: Griffin’s Story, as well as many short stories. He is the recipient of the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and has been on the Hugo ballot twice and the Nebula ballot once for his short fiction, but his favorite distinction was being listed among the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned Books of 1990–1999. “Jumper was right there at number 94 between Stephen King’s Christine and a nonfiction book on sex education.” Steve lives in New Mexico with writer Laura J. Mixon and their two daughters. As he is somewhere between birth and death, he considers himself to be middle-aged.
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Millie: The Underlying Problem

 

 

It was more of a lodge than a cabin but “cabin” is what they called it. The walls were made of heavy, thick logs, after all. The main living area was a broad space leaking from kitchen to dining area to a two-story-high lounge arranged around a tall, fieldstone fireplace.

Millie sat on one of the couches, staring out the windows, and frowned. It was snowing outside—big, fat, fluffy flakes—but she really wasn’t noticing.

She was alone in the room and then she wasn’t.

Davy was wearing a tropical-weight suit with the sleeves of the jacket rolled up on his forearms. He unrolled them as he asked, “What’s wrong?”

Millie sighed, her eyes tracking up to the ceiling before returning to Davy’s face.

Davy glanced up to the second-floor landing. “The usual?”

Millie jerked her thumb up. “Go look at her door.”

He sighed. “She is an irritation of the spirit.…”

Millie completed the phrase, “… and a great deal of trouble.”

Davy vanished. After a brief pause Millie heard laughter drift down the staircase. Millie stood and jumped, appearing beside Davy in the upstairs hallway.

A sign, scrawled on butcher paper, was tacked to a closed bedroom door. It said:

HELP!

BEING HELD PRISONER BY TELEPORTING ALIENS!

KEPT FROM NORMAL LIFE.

SEND FRIENDS.

ALSO ICE CREAM.

Davy was shaking his head and still laughing.

“Stop it!” Millie said. “You’re not helping!”

“You gotta admit, she is funny,” Davy said. “Takes after me that way.”

Millie snapped. “What—you think you’re funny?” She pulled at Davy’s arm, leading him back toward the landing.

Davy raised his eyebrows at Millie and grinned.

“Okay, she is funny, but the underlying problem is no less a problem.”

Davy’s smile faded and he jerked his chin down toward the kitchen, and vanished.

Millie followed to see him putting the kettle on.

“What choice do we have?” Davy said. “I mean, really?”

Millie shook her head. She felt like she should have an answer but she didn’t.

Davy hugged her and that was good … but the underlying problem was still no less a problem.

And it could only get worse.

 

Copyright © 2012 by Steven Gould

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    I reserve fives for books where I can't imagine doing anything d

    I reserve fives for books where I can't imagine doing anything different. Where I can't find a single flaw I can honestly say would have made the book stronger. So I don't give those out very often. This is one of those exceptional cases. What an amazing, page turner of a read. Just perfect in every way. With not only exceptional craft but an exceptional spirit. Gould has written a book about a teen protagonist that examines teen angst and struggles without wallowing down in the usual "me against them" parental-child relationship and rebellion. Cent has her moments of struggle and rebellion with her parents, but at the heart, they love and understand and respect each other on a level that's the exception, not the rule in this type of literature to my experience. At the same time, they face incredible dangers together and through it all, all three manage to grow and change in ways that challenge them, challenge their expectations of each other and, at the same time, cause them to grow closer. It's well paced, with extremely well drawn characters. In fact, even most of the minor characters seem to grow, and it's so subtly done that you don't notice it until the end. This book is not just for young adults, but for everyone. A great story of family, friendship and adventure all wrapped up in one with fun science fiction dressing. Highly recommended. One of the best of the year, no doubt. And you don't need to read the prior books to enjoy it!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Another great Jumper novel

    If you haven't read Jumper...you have missed a wonderful novel. Read it, then Reflex, the next in the series, and then grab Impulse for a can't-put-down read. Wonderful characters, a great premise, and realistic family dynamics. Well, for a family of teleports. Enjoy!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Nice third installment!

    I think I'm still going with Reflex as my favorite for the series, but Impulse added something cool in the new teleportation-related abilities the protagonist discovers. Plus I was a huge fan of the gradual plot build. Gould took his time and told a great story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    A satisfying end to a great series

    I'm not going to lie---it's different from the other books. If you read and loved Jumper and Reflex, you'll enjoy this book, too. It explores a new aspect of the lives of those who could teleport. I enjoyed reading it, and I couldn't stop until I was done. If you haven't read any of the other books, might I recommend you start? They have absolutely nothing to do with the movie Jumper, and they explore the wonderful idea of "If you could teleport and no one else could, what would you do?" The rest of my review contains mild/vague SPOILERS, or spoilers of things that happen pretty early in the book. Stop reading if you don't want anything spoiled. The main character in the book is the teenage child of Davy and Millie. The book explores her high school life, and how she uses her abilities in that environment. At first I found this tiresome; after teleporting to fight terrorists and save the world, who wants to watch the day-to-day of high school? After a while the story picked up and proved interesting, but it definitely has a different feel from before.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    trilogy

    I pretend the Jumper movie tie in book doesn't exist so this is fun book to end the trilogy or to restart the series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

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    I'm a big fan of the Jumper series.  This book takes things in a

    I'm a big fan of the Jumper series.  This book takes things in a slightly new direction with the introduction of a new jumper, Cent.  She's a 2nd generation jumper and she's one heck of a new interesting addition to the family.  The story starts out a tad on the slow side, but it's necessary as the groundwork is properly positioned for the rest of the book.  That said, it really doesn't take that long for things to start rolling.  And once they do, they REALLY do!  The story doesn't stop gaining speed until the end of the book.  The plot continues to ratchet event on top of event, adding one interesting complexity on top of the next.




    In the end?  This is a great addition to the Jumper series— one that leaves you looking forward to the next release.  These books are interesting, compelling, and just plain fun.  Keep them coming!

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