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)
Was never much of a reader before due to the fact i had to actually read. Now i'm discovering unexpected adventures with time to do other th
intriguing, dark, adventurous
Davey- he's the main character, the entire book is based around him. plus....err.... he kind of has the ability to teleport. How cool is that?
Davey teleporting NSA agents to different parts of the world because essentially the gov. wants to control him, and the stated hypocrisy of the United States government.
It's nice to hear about someone having the power to make an agency responsible for its actions & responsible for its hypocrisy , even if that character is fictional.
No extreme reactions like that. Just the overall thought of... wow the movie got censored a lot. And i think mainly by the US government. I would guess they didn't want one of their own agencies coming across that badly.
I now wonder how much involvement the US government has in publication & editing of movies.
I originally though to myself, hey i've seen the movie, i can move forward from book 2 onwards. However this book is just so much better than the movie. (As is often the case actually) The movie has the concept, yet they've changed so many things making it available 'for a general audience'
The book has some much darker sections in it, made for young adults that are not sheltered from society. It's definitely not the impression that the gov. wants to have you believe.
The book is full of emotion, intrigue and adventure, the concept is great, and sets a good premise for the other books in the series.
The first half of the book dragged on and was riddled with over-description and was more of an overly emotional tale of a kid that cries at the slightest provocation that just so happens to have the ability to teleport...it seemed as if the author haphazardly threw together an origin story. it seemed as if the ability to teleport was an afterthought and a poor attempt to get readers aware of therapy and dealing with emotions...It wasn't until the second half of the book, that it picked up and the teleportation was the focus, the main character starts thwarting terrorism as part of his revenge quest. if you read it I would suggest reading the first 2 chapters then skipping to the halfway point and continuing from there...save yourself the boredom of the first half as much as possible.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Jumper is a good listen, briskly paced, straightforward, hard to turn off, well narrated. Good qualities all. But beneath that, it's really just a teenage fantasy: What would you do if you could teleport anywhere anytime? Take care of your family issues, move to New York City, impress a girl. And eventually run afoul of the authorities. Don't want to introduce spoilers, so let's just leave it at that.
In the second half, the fantasy goes one step further and our adolescent hero becomes a superhero. Hence the three star story rating -- that's taking the wish fulfillment a little too far. Written in 1992, the premise of the superhero stuff is partially dated, although still partially relevant. Gould ends up teaching his hero the lesson that wish fulfillment really isn't the answer, but only after going through all the motions.
Overall, worth listening to as long as you don't subject it to too much critical scrutiny.
loved this book from when I was younger and was psyched when they said they were making a movie out of it years later. they completely butchered the book by changing 90% of the story. Now that I've went through the story again 16 years after the first time reading it I'm once again angry at how they totally screwed up a fun and clever story.
The book is OK, but the content really is young adult. I read other reviews, claiming that the story dealt with adult themes. Rubbish. It's really bad for the first half of the book, it gets better in the second half, but never really gets to anything I would consider an adult theme.
loved the story. the first in the jumper saga. better than the movie. would love to see the movie remade and follow the book series.
My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry
This wasn't a terrible book, but it also wasn't great. I found it a little hard to believe that a high school student, even one with a difficult family history, would not spend more time exploring his newfound super abilities. And in general, the plot only developed because of the many, many dumb mistakes made by the otherwise almost-invincible main character.
I'm sure I am being too harsh- an emotionally disturbed teenager probably wouldn't make rational decisions a lot of the time, but Davy is actually ridiculously methodical and smart in a lot of cases. He kind of wavers between super-organized and completely irrational, and I felt that both extremes stretched belief.
Despite that, I didn't hate listening. I think part of it is that I really like modern fantasy, especially when set in otherwise present-day (well, early 90s) reality. And teleportation is an extremely compelling ability, especially the way it works for Davy (as opposed, for example, to how it works in the Grimnoir series). There's so much that can be done with that ability, and Davy does start to make fairly clever use of it during the final third of the story. This was my favorite part of the book by far, but in the end it just left me wanting a bit more to really call it a good listen.
one of my favorite books of all. The first in an exceptional series of stories. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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