Jumper

Jumper

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by Steven Gould
     
 

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What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?

Davy can teleport.

To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who

Overview

What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?

Davy can teleport.

To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

And that's a dangerous game.

Editorial Reviews

House Writer
The sudden discovery of his teleportation ability rescues teenager David Rice from his abusive father. It also signals the beginning of a new life for the troubled young man. Gould's first novel features a hero who is not particularly wise and whose ethics are sometimes questionable, but whose yearnings and psychological turmoil ring true. A dollop of suspense and a dash of romance make this fast-paced sf adventure a good purchase for large libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982911907
Publisher:
digitalNoir publishing
Publication date:
10/18/2010
Series:
Jumper , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
82,206
File size:
824 KB

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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JosephCopeli More than 1 year ago
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.]
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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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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A nice and thoughtful piece. It made me think about how i was when i was seventeen.
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Review makes him an idiot but hes realy awesome sauce
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Seriously finished in one night, just couldnt put it down.
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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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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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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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