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.
©1992 Steven Gould (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"An exceptionally well-organize debut, with thoughtful ideas, a controlled plot, and characters-particularly the young protagonist-portrayed with insight and compassion." (Kirkus)
"Gould's warm, delightful, and compulsively readable novel dispalys assured storytelling skill." (Publishers Weekly)
Fast-paced, logical and clever
The teleporting hero is most interesting. He is unexpectedly moral given his ability to travel and enter wherever he likes. The author treats the advantages as well as challenges of having such a "superpower" in an unexpectedly serious fashion. Its impact on the hero's relationship with friends, how he copes with ordinary human problems and the dangers of the modern world, lends credibility to the characters.
The foiling of the terrorists was great fun.
Just enjoyed the ride.
The book is great for teens and not too simplistic for adults. It suggests happiness is not guaranteed and has to be worked at even when one has a superpower.
I enjoyed the story line... Kept me interested for the whole book! read it 3 times. Listened to it once.
I didn't read the print version so I can't compare the two.
Millie was my favorite character because I believe she really cared for Davy. She understood that revenge would not bring the healing Davy thought it would. I believe she was the only one in the book that knew what was best for Davy, even better than Davy himself.
My favorite scene was when Davy took his father to his mother's grave and then to the rehab center. I felt sorry for Davy because of how he was hurt by his father, but I also felt sorry for his father because most likely he had also been hurt by someone just like himself growing up. If Davy isn't careful, he will become his father, because most often "we are what we know."
No extreme reactions for me...didn't laugh or cry. But the book did give me a lot to think about.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. My chief complaint...foul language. It just isn't necessary to make a book interesting and worth reading. I chose this book for my book club because I saw the movie based on this series.
Top 25% of the books I've listened to. I listen to a lot of books!
Good story. Well narrated.
Well done! Good voice inflection. Good pace. Enjoyed it.
Couldn't put it down.
One of the freshest Sci-Fi stories to come out the last few decades. It is an original concept that kept me guessing throughout the story. One of the best in my collection now.
Hope Mr. Gould writes some more.
I am a diverse reader, though my heart will forever stay in science fiction.
The reader/actor does an AMAZING job of speaking in Davy's voice. I really feel like I'm part of the story as I listen
I have to say this is his best. It's like he IS Davy.
When he first meets his mother.
I really really really really wish there was some way to remove the stupid music at the beginning. When will these book companies realize that that music is NOT inspirational or feel good, but simply drowns out the reader and annoys the listener.
Yes, refresher before I listen to the sequels
David, because he had the super power!
I really like his narration of the book, he brought in some really good things, sound effects and voices like the Mickey Mouse dialog in the middle, totally cracked me up!
Really enjoyed the story line and really like how it was different than the movie, I can now watch the movie and not have it be corrupted by how good the book was.
I freely admit, I came to this book from seeing the movie. That being said, I enjoyed the book far more. Let me explain a bit.
First, of course, I loved the premise. I for one had teleport dreams as a child, so I could definitely relate to Davy as a character. Unlike Davy, I didn't grow up in an abusive household, but Steven Gould did a great job of helping me to see what it would have been like.
I also appreciate the fundamental desire to help that the book Davy has, which the movie Davy lacked. This character has compassion for his fellow humans, and will stop what he is doing to help out. And I approve of the fact that he is not as much of a thief as the movie version, and mores that by the beginning of the second book, he's "repaid" all the money he stole, and is living completely legitimately, and still doing his best to lend a helping hand whenever possible.
I also found the conflict more believable. A young man who wants revenge on terrorists, and is sought by the NSA, was easier to swallow than that there was a shadowy group of Paladins dedicated to stamping out Jumpers whenever they arose. So kudos all around for that.
Andrew Macleod did a decent job of narration. He was not as good as some of the really excellent readers here, and did screw up some word pronunciations, but not so many or so obviously as to really yank me out of the flow of his reading. So good job there!
In summary, I'd say this was worth the read, enough so that I got the first sequel (Reflex). And the reading of Andrew Macleod was good, I am simply spoiled by some of the truly outstanding narrators on here. So if you are interested in a good story about the possible real-world effects of being the (as best he knows) only Jumper on Earth, I'd definitely recommend this book!
While the book is well written and action filled, the story is very drawn out. The beginning was great. The discovery of his power made you feel like you were right there with him. But literally at the half-way point it became long-winded. You could read (listen) to the 10th chapter then jump (haha) to the 19th and I don't think you'd lose any of the main story. But I have plans to continue the series.
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