Under the worst possible situation Davy Rice discovers he can teleport anywhere he has already been or he can see. Where would you go?
eBook edition of the New York Times Best selling novel and source of the 2008 feature film starring Samuel Jackson, Hayden Christensen, and Rachel Bilson.
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
“Gould’s very solid first novel has a long pedigree that reaches back to the first sf classic about a misunderstood adolescent with paranormal powers, A.E. Van Vogt’s Slan. In Gould’s entry into this lineage, Davy Rice flees an abusive alcoholic father by using his ability to transport himself physically by sheer force of will....[Gould] is good enough to make this familiar territory agreeable reading, and his debut a desirable acquisition.”--Booklist on Jumper
“Gould makes an auspicious debut with this playful and moving look at a hallowed science fiction concept: teleportation. ...Short fiction has earned this author a reputation in “hard” science fiction, and he applies similar logic to teleportation. ...His warm, delightful and compulsively readable novel displays assured storytelling skill --Publishers Weekly on Jumper
“An extraordinary first novel combining the engaging appeal of early Heinlein with a biting psychological depth worthy of the most mature author. Writing with the intense edge of today’s darker reality, Mr. Gould follows the fate of a young teenage boy, whose life take a turn into the unknown when he unexpectedly teleports himself.....What more could any reader want?” --Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Jumper
“I’m tempted to call this an old-fashioned book, in the best sense, a story which takes a likable, believable character and explores his interaction with a single scientific speculation. It’s that, but it’s also a sophisticated novel — unusual in a first book.” --Science Fiction Chronicle on Jumper
Gould makes an auspicious debut with this playful and moving look at a hallowed science fiction concept: teleportation. Gould gives us no teleportation chambers, no shimmery beaming a la Star Trek , no worries about mingling one's own molecules with a fly's--here only one person can teleport, and he has no idea how he does it. David Rice, age 17, first ``jumps'' spontaneously in order to escape his abusive father. Having run away, he learns to control his strange talent, using it first to survive on the street and then to set himself up comfortably via bank robbery. Gould does not focus on moral implications so much as keep the plot moving quickly. David searches for his long-lost mother, meets and woos a girl, enjoys the pleasures of a leisurely life in New York and (despite his best efforts) eventually runs afoul of the authorities, who of course want to understand his powers and then put him to work for them. Short fiction has earned this author a reputation in ``hard'' science fiction, and he applies similar logic to teleportation (though he glosses over some points to make the story work). His warm, delightful and compulsively readable novel displays assured storytelling skill.
Brilliantly told concept sci-fi tale. Flows with a natural stream-of-consciousness. The sequel, REFLEX, is also a must-read. Too bad the movie fell flat on its face; it bares no resemblance to this fine story.
Best sci-fi in years
Of all the sic-fi I've tried to slog through over the years, this has to be the best; quick and to the point, I was hooked immediately by the constant action and fascinating concept. The lack of side-story B.S. was refreshing and welcomed. I look forward to more of this series.
Soul bendingly incredible
You owe it to yourself.