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
Fleshing out backstory for the upcoming motion picture Jumper (based on Gould's 1992 debut novel of the same name), this breakneck-paced SF adventure revolves around a character created specifically for the film. Griffin O'Conner, a precocious nine-year-old jumper (a person with the power to self-teleport), becomes the target of a ruthless cabal hell-bent on killing him. After assassins murder his parents in their San Diego home, Griffin barely escapes with his life by jumping to a location hundreds of miles away. But every time Griffin relocates, the mysterious operatives somehow track him down and kill those close to him. As the once na ve Griffin grows older, he learns to use his abilities in ingenious ways and ultimately embarks on a quest to avenge the deaths of his parents and others who died just because they befriended him. While series fans will almost literally be jumping for joy, newcomers may not fully appreciate the saga's thematic scope and history without first reading Jumper and its sequel, Reflex (2004).
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.