Jumper

Jumper

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Davy can teleport. He first discovers his talent during a savage beating delivered by his abusive father, when Davy jumps instantaneously to the safest place he knows, his small-town public library. As his mother did so many years before, Davy vows never to go home again. Instead, he sets off, young and inexperienced, for New York City. Davy gradually learns to use and control his powers, first for sheer survival in an environment more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for Davy. He wants to know if his mother disappeared so completely from his life because she, too, could Jump. And as he searches for a trace of anyone else with powers like his own, he learns to use his abilities for more than escape and theft. A young man with nothing to lose, and the ability to go anyplace he wants, can help a lot of people. But he can also make a lot of trouble, and sooner or later trouble is going to come looking for him. The one way Davy can think of to locate others who can Jump is to make himself visible to them, but if he does, the police will surely find him too.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2014
Edition: First trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780765378163
0765378167
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number: GOULD, S

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A different take on teleportation; it's an escape/adventure.


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bobbarnetson
Feb 17, 2018

Good sci-fi teleportation story. Some of the material was a touch dated (e.g., pay phones) but the basic have held up nicely.

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BWilsoned
Jan 22, 2016

After checking out Exo, the fourth in Gould's Jumper series, I realized it'd been too long since I read this first one. I remembered that I liked it, but I didn't remember the connection between the original jumper, Davy, and the teenager--big oops.
So, I re-read Jumper and still liked it quite a bit. A friend of mine mentioned that she is tired of reading about child abuse and did not like this story for it. I can see her point; however, Davy's dad's abusive behavior did lead to Davy discovering his unique skill, thus it was critical for the story. Readers can enjoy Davy's spiteful revenge behavior toward dear old dad while agreeing that the man deserved much worse.
The initial interaction between Davie and Millie is great since he is a mature 17-year-old and she is 21. The discussions about social mores regarding age and gender are amusing. Davy's behavior, to me, seems true to a 17-year-old boy who's got a superpower: he uses it to get out of dangerous situations, to pay himself, to help other people, and to play pranks on deserving jerks.
The end of this book has closure but still makes readers wonder what will happen next with Davy, Millie, and their friendly government agent. Reflex is next.

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tennisgirlsms
Jun 04, 2015

I absolutely loved this book! It evoked an acute feeling of loss in me. The movie is pretty good too but doesn't follow the book at all. :(

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Jun 15, 2013

Excellent story, inventive and exciitng. Absolutely worth a read. Too bad the movie took so many liberties with this "pure" story, to make it almost unrecognizable.but we all know: THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!

Demarcation Apr 05, 2012

terrible cover but great book! I couldn't put it down.

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