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Griffin has a secret. It’s a secret that he’s sworn to his parents to keep, and never tell. Griffin is a Jumper: a person who can teleport to any place he has ever been.  The first time was when he was four, and his parents crossed an ocean to protect the secret. The most important time was when he was nine. That was the day that the men came to his house and murdered his parents. Griffin knows that the men were looking for him, and he must never let them find him. Griffin grows up ...
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Griffin has a secret. It’s a secret that he’s sworn to his parents to keep, and never tell. Griffin is a Jumper: a person who can teleport to any place he has ever been.  The first time was when he was four, and his parents crossed an ocean to protect the secret. The most important time was when he was nine. That was the day that the men came to his house and murdered his parents. Griffin knows that the men were looking for him, and he must never let them find him. Griffin grows up with only two goals: to survive, and to kill the people who want him dead. And a Jumper bent on revenge is not going to let anything stand in his way. Jumper, based on Steven Gould's earlier novel of the same name, will be a  major motion picture scheduled for release by 20th Century Fox starring Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Doug Limon.  Jumper: Griffin's Story features the character played by Jamie Bell in the film. 
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Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Griffin O'Conner is a jumper, that is, he can teleport himself and others from one place to another in an instant. Perhaps it is because of this ability that his parents are murdered when he is nine years old. At least Grif knows that the men who stormed his home were looking for him. In the ensuing seven years quickly covered in this novel, Griffin runs and hides and surfaces again, effectively attempting revenge for the havoc wreaked on his life. The story is fast-paced, but disjointed. Readers feel somewhat teleported themselves as jumping is the only thread holding together rather loosely connected episodes of the boy's life. Physically, young Mr. O'Conner moves from childhood to manhood, although his reasoning and vocabulary seem to change little in the transition. Scattered throughout the story are assorted friends, several of whom die because of their association with Griffin. Sexually, the child becomes an adult and progresses from harboring a little boy crush on a motherly caretaker to nude scenes in the shower and lovemaking in a cave with a girl who later tries to kill him. This reviewer sees little of merit in this story with the passionate premarital sex, overabundance of violence, and destroyed relationships, punctuated by most of the taboo four-letter-words that youngsters can either learn from television, or are bleeped out of prime time. The first story in a series, Jumper, is to be released early in 2008 as a motion picture. The sequel is entitled Reflex.
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Gr 9 Up- Griffin O'Conner can jump (self-teleport) anywhere he has visited. At first, his gift seems like a blessing but it soon proves to be a curse. A secret agency whose mission is to kill "jumpers" is tracking him. His parents are murdered when he is nine years old, and he is forced to leave his San Diego home and live on the run. He becomes a danger to everyone he has contact with: as he jumps around the world, the killers show up, often striking those closest to him. As Griffin moves into his teens, he finds some comfort in a family who takes him in, and in his relationship with a girlfriend with whom he shares his secret (as well as his bed). He plans to avenge his parents and those who died befriending him. A fast-paced adventure sure to capture readers' interest, this book was written as a companion to the new film Jumper . The movie is based on two of the author's novels, Jumper (1992) and Reflex (2004, both Tor), but, as the introduction explains, this book differs significantly from those titles.-June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY

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"The theme of Steven Gould's Jumper is, quite literally, escape. The first half of Jumper has a charm and bounce that carry the reader past the implausibilities inherent in the premise--imagine a Holden Caulfield with the power of life or death over the jerks and phonies." --The New York Times Book Review

"Gould proves once again that in the hands of a wonderful, perceptive writer, there is no such thing as an old idea. What sets Jumper apart from other novels that dip back into the well of the masters is that Gould brings his own keen empathy and rigorous intelligence to the story.....This is a book that you won't want to miss. It reminded me of why I first came to love science fiction, and yet I didn't have to be twelve again to have a great time reading it." --Orson Scott Card

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  • ISBN-13: 9780765318275
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Series: Jumper Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Gould is the author of Jumper, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, and Jumper: Griffin's Story, as well as several 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. Steve lives in New Mexico with his wife, 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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Jumper: Griffin's Story


By Gould, Steven

Tor Books

Copyright © 2008 Gould, Steven
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780765318817

Chapter One The Empty Quarter Every couple of months Dad and I would climb in the car and he’d drive out through the suburbs, out past the small towns, past the farms and ranches, until we came to what I called the Empty Quarter. I saw a BBC special on it once—I thought they said Ruby Kallie, but now I know they were saying the Rub al-Khali—the “quarter of emptiness.” It’s the sea of sand that makes up a fifth of the Arabian Peninsula, but for us it could mean Death Valley, or the Gila wilderness, or the Spanish Pyrenees, and once, it was an island in the Bay of Siam that we had to sail a small boat to. But it had to be empty—it had to be without people. That was the only safe place where I could do it, where I could practice. “We just can’t chance it, Griff. You want to do this, this is the only way.” We were living in the United States then, five thousand miles from England, in San Diego, in a garage flat at the north end of Balboa Park, but when Dad said that, we were a hundred miles east of the flat. We’d taken the Yuma cutoff, U.S. 98 off of Interstate 8, and it was hot and windy and sand was blowing across the road. I was only nine then, used to not knowing anything, always asking, always pushing.“Then why do it at all—why should we even take this chance?” He looked sideways at me and sighed, then back to the road, swerving slightly to avoid a bouncing tumbleweed the size of a Volkswagen. “It comes down to . . . could you do that? Could you walk away from it? I mean, for me, it would be like spending the rest of my life in a wheelchair, even though I could still walk. I’d be pretending I could do naught, you know, making myself do everything the hard way when by just standing up and taking a few steps I could reach that stuff off the wheelchair ramp, the stuff on the upper shelf.” He sped up a little as we reached a rocky stretch where there wasn’t quite so much blowing sand. “And, dammit, it’s a gift! Why the hell shouldn’t you be able to do it? Just because they—” He clamped his mouth shut and looked back at the road. For once I didn’t push it. There were some things my parents just wouldn’t talk about, and what happened back in Oxford was one of them. When I’d first jumped, at five, from the steps of the Martyr’s Memorial in front of a busload of tourists. Well, not then, exactly, but after, the thing that caused us to leave the UK and keep moving. Dad began watching the odometer closely, checking the map. He hadn’t been there before—our Empty Quarters were always different. He drove past the road, only recognizing the turn after we passed because a tangle of tumbleweeds hid the cattle guard that marked it. We were the only ones on the highway—he just backed up and made the turn, switching the Range Rover into four-wheel as soon as he was in the loose sand on the other side of the grate. “Tell me the rules,” he said. “Go on, Dad!” I knew the rules. I’d known them since I was six. “So, back to the flat? It’s two hours, but I’ll do it.” I held up my hand. “All right, all right!” I held up four fingers and ticked them off one by one. “Never jump where someone can see me. Never jump near home. Never jump to or from the same place twice. And never, never, ever jump unless I must—or unless you or Mum tell me to.” “And what does that mean—that you must?” “If I’m going to get hurt or captured.” “Killed or captured by who?” “Anyone.” Them. That’s all I knew. The strangers from Oxford. “And what does it mean if you break the rules?” “Have to move. Again.” “Yeah. Again.” We drove for another forty-five minutes, though it was slow going. “This’ll have to do. Any farther and we’ll be too close to the border. Don’t want to attract the INS.” He turned up a dry wash and went on until we couldn’t see the road and the hills of the ravine rose up on both sides. It took us ten minutes to climb to the top of the higher ridge, so we could see all around. Dad used his binoculars, taking forever. Finally he said, “Okay. In the ravine only, right-oh?” I danced in place. “Now?” He said, “Now.” I looked down at the Rover, toy-sized, at the bottom of the ravine, and then I was there, sand settling around me as I fumbled with the gate. By the time Dad had hiked back down I’d changed into the coveralls and the goggles and I had the face mask hanging loosely around my neck. When he came trudging across the sand and gravel, I was laying out the paintball gun and the hopper full of rounds and the CO2 cartridges. He took a drink from the water bottle and offered it to me. While I drank he put on his own goggles and loaded the gun. “Don’t wait for me to fire. This is pretty fast—maybe two hundred feet per second—but you could still jump before it arrived if you were far enough away. But bullets travel thousands of feet per second. You wait till they fire, and you’ll be dead. “Don’t let anyone even point a weapon at you.” I was just seating the face mask when he shot me, point-blank, in the thigh. “Fuck!” I yelled, grabbing my leg. The paint was red and I put one of my hands right in it. “What did you say?” Dad looked half mad, half amused. I could swear he was trying not to laugh. I blinked, looking down at the red paint on my hand. My leg hurt. It hurt a lot, but I wasn’t supposed to use that word. I opened my mouth to reply but Dad said, “Never mind,” and lifted the gun again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice . . .  The paintball splattered across the gravel, but I was twenty feet off to the side. Dad twisted and got off a quick shot but the reason it didn’t hit me was that he missed, not that I’d jumped in time. I felt the wind of the projectile go past my head but then I was on the far side of the truck and the second shot passed through empty air, before tumbling through the branches of a creosote bush. “Okay,” he yelled. “Hide-and-seek, unlimited.” I turned around and began counting loudly. I heard his feet crunch across gravel and then nothing. The second I counted thirty, I jumped sideways, thirty feet, expecting to hear the poooof of the paintball gun, but Dad was nowhere in sight. There were several stretches of sand in the wash and one of these had a fresh set of widely spaced tracks leading across it. I jumped to the stretch of sand without crossing the gravel and followed them. I had to find him without getting shot. But I could jump as much as I wanted. Around a bend in the ravine, the tracks were closer together but they went another fifty feet and stopped in the middle of the wash. Stopped. Dad wasn’t there, either, and there wasn’t anything nearby he could have stepped onto. For just a second, I thought, Maybe . . . maybe Dad could— The paintball caught me on the butt. It didn’t hurt near as much as the last one but it hurt my pride. I spun and jumped at the same time, sideways, ten feet, sloppy—there must’ve been ten pounds of dirt falling away from me and jump rot hanging in the air where I’d been. Twisting, fading jump rot. Dad was stepping out from behind some scrub. The gun hung loosely at his side. I pointed at the line of tracks in the sand. “Did you jump?” He laughed, almost a bark. “Don’t I wish! I just turned around and walked back in my tracks.” He pointed at some rocks near his hiding place. “Stepped off the sand there and Bob’s your uncle.” He pointed his finger at the ground and twirled it like he was stirring a drink. “Again.” I turned around and started counting loudly. As he ran off he shouted over his shoulder, “Look for more than tracks in the sand!” And that’s the sort of thing we did for the next hour. We did hide-and-seek, limited (where I couldn’t jump until I saw him), and tag, where I had to jump close enough to touch him and get away without getting shot, and closed room, where we drew a big square in the sand and I could jump anywhere in it but not leave it, while he fired shot after shot. Once he hit a patch of jump rot where I’d been and the paintball exploded, coming back out as high-velocity pieces of plastic film and a mist of spray paint. Another time, I jumped late and the paintball came with me, tumbling through the brush at right angles to its original path, but missing me. Dad was perplexed. “Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it do that before.” Dad had this theory that the jump rot was like, well, like the wake of a ship, the disruption of the water when a vessel passes through. It’s like the turbulence or maybe even a hole I leave behind. When I jump in a hurry, sloppily, there’s more of it and I carry more crap with me. When I’m focused, if there is jump rot, it’s tiny, and fades away almost instantly. We continued. When Dad said, “Enough,” I had one more paint mark on my right shoulder blade, but he’d gone through seventy paintball rounds. He let me shoot a dozen rounds at a boulder, enough to finish off the last of the CO2 cartridge, and then we went home. He never said anything about my swearing and I never said anything about him shooting me in the leg. Call it even.   Tuesday and Thursday afternoons I had karate class. Mum had a doctorate in French literature but she didn’t work. She was homeschooling me. She said that I just got too bored in the public education system, but I heard them talking once, when they thought I was asleep. Dad said, “What can we do about it? He’s too young to hold a secret this big all the time. It’s not fair to him and it’s too dangerous. Maybe later, when he’s older.” Mum said, “He’s not a kid. No kid ever talked like that—he’s a miniature adult. He needs to run up against kid logic and skin his knees where we’re not there to pick him up. He needs to make friends.” The compromise was karate class. The homeschooling curriculum required a physical education equivalent so I had to do something. I think Dad went for it because of the discipline and because he thought, from the class he watched, that the kids never talked to each other. Well, we weren’t supposed to talk during class but it was an after-school program at the elementary school two blocks away—all form-one kids. Of course there was talking. I liked our instructor, Sensei Torres. He didn’t play favorites and he was very gentle and he was very careful to keep Paully MacLand in check. Paully was in fifth grade for the second time and he was almost as tall as Sensei Torres. He’d been doing the karate program since first grade and had a green belt. And he was mean. We were doing two-step kumite partner practice. One person would attack with a punch and the other would block and counterpunch. I was working with Paully and he wasn’t interested in the exercise. He was interested in hurting. There was a definite no-contact rule. If you kicked or punched you had to stop short of hitting anybody. It was a firm rule and anyone who broke it had to sit out and could get dropped from the class if he kept doing it. Paully knew that. One of the kids told me Paully was kicked out of the class back in fourth grade for repeated offenses and was only allowed back the next year. What Paully did instead was turn his blocks into strikes. He’d block so hard, it hurt—it left bruises. Like, perhaps, a paintball round in the thigh, point-blank. I didn’t swear this time, though. I gritted my teeth instead and kept going. To hit so hard, Paully was drawing back, cocking before the block, which required he start almost before I actually punched. Next time it was my turn, I broke my rhythm, stepping in, but delaying the punch slightly. He blocked and missed my arm entirely. My punch stopped just short of his nose. Sensei Torres laughed and had everybody change partners. Later he said to me privately, “Good eyes, Griff. It was bad karate. In a real fight, you can’t block a strike that hasn’t even started.” But Paully was waiting when I finished changing for the walk home, just inside the locker room, blocking the door. “So, you limey ass-licker, think you’re somethin’ with that stutter punch? Think you can make me look bad in front of Sensei?” Maybe Dad was right about me having trouble keeping my mouth shut. It just came out, unbidden. “Bollocks. You don’t need me to look bad. You do that all by yourself.” Right away I was sorry I said it, scared, in fact, but how do you take something like that back, especially when you mean it? He just charged, rage painted on his face like red paint, his fist cocked back and looking larger than any paintball. I couldn’t help it. Really, I didn’t mean to do it, I didn’t mean to break the rule, but one second his fist was heading toward my face like a thrown rock and the next I was standing in a cloud of dust in a ravine, next to a paintball-splattered boulder, out in the Empty Quarter. I’d just broken rules number one and two (don’t jump near home and don’t jump where someone can see me) and maybe even rule four (don’t jump unless I must—if I’m going to get killed or captured). I was in so much trouble. Copyright © 2007 by Steven C. Gould. All rights reserved.  
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    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 favorite for me!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    I Recommend this book fo' EVERYBODY

    The book may have too much explicit language for younger readers such as myself.(Guffaw) Other than that it is a jolly well good book!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    GREAT BOOK dont be fooled by poor reviews

    Giovanni_mejas your dumb like really just unfathomably dumb....the book was beautifully written and is NOT supposed to be like the movie. Did you really think that the movie came first, wow i mean how can you write a review for other people and not even understand that the book was written 16 years before the movie was made and to top it off your dumb... great book loved it read it multiple times and will continue to read it for the rest of my life thank you for such a fantastic book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Great great book!!!!!!

    I had seen the movie and was intrigued by it, thrn when I heard it was based off of a book I had to read it. The book is AMAZING!!!!! I could not stop reading it and wishing I could teleport and have a ton of money. In short, a great book and a must read.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

    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 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.]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Enjoyable Science Fiction for YA and adults JUMPER by Steven Go

    Enjoyable Science Fiction for YA and adults

    JUMPER by Steven Gould may be more than 20 years old (from first publication), but I found the setting to be crystal clear-- I could see exactly when this Sci Fi book was written....in an era before cell phones, before the Internet, when a teenager would turn to a physical library to find information he needed.

    JUMPER is a page turner. I found myself riveted through much of it (but some scenes dragged)...and thoroughly enjoyed watching the main character, Davy, discover his paranormal abilities and make decisions that illustrated his character and his moral code very well. He faces significant dilemmas, significant highs and lows, challenges-- some he overcomes and some he doesn't. The descriptions and emotion ring true for a man in his late teens and early twenties, as the book covers a couple of years, it seems.

    The story is well-developed and rich with themes of justice, integrity, coming of age, choice and consequence, healing, loss, first love, right vs. wrong, good vs. evil, accountability, alcoholism, and more.

    Sensuality Level: moderate (Sex between the scenes and mild reverences to sexual activity)
    Language: PG-13.
    Violence: PG-13/R. (Terrorism, weapons, murders, beatings, violence)

    Recommended to fans of paranormal fiction. ~~Kristin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Better than the movie

    A nice and thoughtful piece. It made me think about how i was when i was seventeen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Best movie evvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvva

    Review makes him an idiot but hes realy awesome sauce

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Soooooo good

    Seriously finished in one night, just couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Amazing!

    Jumper is one of those books that i can reread over and over again so many times. I feel so much for Davy, see myself making so many of the same choices (for good and for ill) and most importantly of all, ai enjoy ever single word of it! If I could only have three books with me for the rest of my life, Jumper would be one of them!

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    Once again, better than the movie.

    As usual the book is better than the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Finnished in 6 days

    This is on of the best books i have ever read. Truly a life changing book for me in a way. Makes you wonder if its actually posible and wishing you had his gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    One of my favorite books

    I don't find many books written like this anymore, realistic emotional reactions not at all like the clich¿ "tough" emotionless characters we have today. Most heroes today act like jerks and joke all the time and last minute begin showing some emotion and they end up with the girl, disappointing.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

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    Jumper was a decent good over-all. The novel did not meet my expectations on teleportation and had no comparison with the film. The storyline was very slow, and boring. Furthermore, they do not mention Griffin anywhere and no mention with the Palidans. Also, the storyline was not mention in the film which was a MAJOR let-down. Finally, the Davy's mother survives and is a Palidan in the film, but dies in the novel. ??? Overrall the novel is decent, but Mr. Gould, your writing is not.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    We'll I liked the movie so ibought the book

    Its good but you should know it should be rated R just a heads up

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

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    A new begining for an old power

    we've all felt that terrible feeling of wanting to get away; from work, from bullies and thugs, from ourselves. Well what if you could, and nothing could stop you? Davy, the hero of our book, discovers a power that allows him an escape from an abusive father. This new talent doesn't come without a cost however. Those Davy decides to keep close quickly fall under the watchful eyes of his adversaries. And his new powers cannot save them.

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

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    the book-crack I've been looking for.

    At first I wasn't too keen on how it was written. The way Gould set up the prose just wasn't something I thought I was into, but then as I got into it, I realized how perfectly addicting and emotional it was. I don't think I've ever identified with a main character as much as I did in this book. I got all those knots and butterflies and lurches and flips in my stomach that you always hear reviewers talk about..it was great. ; )

    Although, it did kinda bother me how different it was from the movie, which I saw first. They're both amazing, just very, very different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2009

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    the best book

    i think that jumper griffins story is the best book in the world

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2008

    Okay Book, But Won¿t Be Going Out Of My Way To Find The Sequel (Reviewed by TheBookworm)

    Jumper (Movie Tie-In) by Steven Gould<BR/>Publication Date: February 2008 Reprint<BR/>3 out of 5 stars<BR/>R - Sexual Content, Violence, Alcohol Abuse, Profanity<BR/>Not Recommended<BR/><BR/>When David ¿Davy¿ Rice was 12, his mother left him in the care of his abusive alcoholic father. Five years later at the age of 17, he is now on his own. Hurting from the mental and physical wounds inflicted upon him by his father, Davy is set on settling in New York City and beginning his own life. Unable to get a job because of his lack of identification documents, he decides to get money through more questionable means. With government agents hot on his heels and a great girlfriend by his side, Davy¿s mental and physical battles escalate. Only one thing is keeping him and his girlfriend out of the government¿s hands¿ his ability to teleport.<BR/><BR/>Jumper was an interesting book with a heavy atmosphere and a character who¿s morals and judgments were slightly askew.<BR/><BR/>I wanted to pity Davy and yet I detested some of his actions. Half the time I wanted to give him a much needed hug and the other half I wanted to talk some sense into him. Davy was strong in the face of danger, but his venerability around Millie, his girlfriend, made me like him all the more.<BR/><BR/>I admired Davy¿s humor and sense of hope. Life is full of many dark, depressing events, so why not look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel and hold on to the hope for a happy, enjoyable life? I liked Millie because she was able to keep the light of hope burning in Davy when all he wanted to do was give up.<BR/><BR/>This novel began to lag around the middle, but with the help of some cruel, sad events the author got the story rolling again. The ending seemed to sneak up on me. The last 30 pages covered a huge amount of information, of which I was just barely able to absorb.<BR/><BR/>The reason I can¿t comfortably recommend this novel, is because of the sexual content, attempted rape, and strong profanity (f-word used very often).<BR/><BR/>If you think that this book sounds interesting and/or the main character sounds interesting, I suggest You don¿t know me by David Klass. You don¿t know me doesn¿t have anything paranormal, but Davy (from Jumper) and John (from You don¿t know me) are quite a lot alike in the fact that they both have abusive father figures and they both have to deal with the mental and physical wounds inflicted upon them because of it. I¿m going to overuse this word but, its ¿interesting¿ to see these characters survive and their emotions and behavior change, mature, grow, and become self-relying but yet able to show weakness at the appropriate times.<BR/><BR/>Jumper was an okay book, but I won¿t be going out of my way to find and read its sequel.<BR/><BR/>Date Reviewed: December 14th, 2008<BR/><BR/>For more book reviews and book information check out my website at www.inthecurrent.blogspot.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2008

    Could not put it down

    This book held my attention, I could not put it down. I hated coming to the end of the book. I hope he writes something soon, I am looking forward to his next book.

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