Jumper (Jumper Series #1)

Jumper (Jumper Series #1)

by Steven Gould
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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
Jumper: Griffin's Story was a very good read. I enjoyed the storyline, the macrebre touches, and the background on Griffin O'Connor. I actually enjoyed this book out of the previous two Jumper novels. It actually made sense. I wished the book could have been longer, or told how Griffin and Davy met. It actually introduced the Paladins and spoke briefly about Roland. I really enjoyed this novel and suggested it to any kind of reader. Good job Mr. Gould!
Standerkaderka More than 1 year ago
Not like the movie, and actually a lot better (and I liked the movie!)
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
Having read the first two Jumper books by Steven Gould, I was interested in seeing if this book would fit into the continuity of the books or the movie adaptation (which departed from the books significantly). Apparently, it's the latter, much to the detriment of the book. It's quite unfortunate actually, that this book and the movie seem to overwrite the events of the first two books with a completely different story. Personally, I preferred the world of the first two books, where jumpers were extremely rare, jumping didn't damage the environment around the jumper and bring debris from one location to the next, and most importantly, jumping could not be sensed by "sensitives." On this last point, the book focused a lot of time talking about how jumps could be sensed by Paladins, whereas the movie seemed to completely ignore this ability. Why waste so much time on an issue the movie doesn't even use? The Paladins aren't a bad idea, but they were ineffectual in the book (actually, you find out nothing about who they are and why they do what they do until the movie). The villains of Reflex (Jumper 2) were much more cool and fun. The main thing missing from Griffin's Story is the sense of wonder, introspection and investigation into the nature of jumping that David Rice had in the first two books. Like David, Griffin uses his powers to help himself, but unlike David, he doesn't eventually decide to use his powers to help people (except the ones he has led into trouble himself). In any case, my recommendation is to skip Griffin's Story and the movie and just read the first two books. [Disclosure: This review also appears on FingerFlow.com, a site for review and discussion of creative works.]
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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Th characters. Griffin is the main character of the book. In the movie its different. That is where they went wrong.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I watched the movie Jumper and love it. I was excited when I found this book which tells you the background story to Griffin (my favorite character in the movie). This book falls along with the movie rather than the other books by Steven Gould. I found this book along with the movie more interesting and enjoyable than the original jumper series (though, I still enjoy the series). If you enjoyed the movie Jumper, then I would recommend this book. Even if you haven't seen the movie, it is still a great book and a easy read.
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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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