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)
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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This is written for a younger audience I think, but then it throws in some things that are unnecessary in my opinion. Small spoiler... the boy nearly gets raped by a truck driver near the very beginning of the book. I think the author could have chosen a different situation to put the kid into to achieve the same result. That's probably the worst of the adult content for the book, and without it I think it would be more appropriate for middle-school aged kids. Teleportation is a fun idea and the book explores the idea in some interesting ways for what one might do with this super power, but I think it left a lot on the table in terms of potential. I don't think we ever discover how he got this power, but maybe that's for a sequel. Anyway, I did finish it and, honestly, was glad to do so (glad it ended). I'll not be searching any other books by this author. I recommend for a high school kid or young adult, but not anyone looking for a quality sci-fi book.
read the book 3 times over the years, and finally listen to the Audiobook version. Was not disappointed!
The movie is what eventually directed my attention here. I was intrigued by the premise of a boy discovering he could teleport, but the execution of the movie left me underwhelmed. I was interested in the source material, since it was highly likely it would be better. Which is definitely true, but I found out the movie hardly follows the book at all. The book is much more character driven, with a lot more development of David's character, following him as he discovers his ability and how his life progresses. It is not a high action thriller, especially the first half, but in the second half we do see an escalation. A lot of the book, David's power isn't really the main focus - instead we are following the story of a teenage runaway in NYC who happens to have the ability to teleport, though I have to admit "jumping" definitely skews the end result in his favor.
Overall, I was suitably impressed with this book. While I find David a bit whiny at times, he seems very realistic for his situation, and his life is interesting to follow, even if it's not the danger-around-every-corner type of gripping tale. The narrator did a great job, and I'm glad I took the chance to read this.
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