Jumper

Jumper

Book - 1992
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Deciding he's finally had enough abuse from his drunken father and determined to get away-any way he can-Davy discovers he has the ability to teleport anywhere he wants. Fleeing to New York but desperately short of cash he "jumps" into a bank vault. While living the high life in the Big City on the stolen money and testing the limits of his power, Davey makes another startling discovery: the mother he thought had abandoned him.

But a new tragedy and a pledge to avenge the loss will plunge Davy into a dangerous and mysterious world of terrorists and government espionage. This time there may be no safe place for the Jumper.
Publisher: New York : TOR, 1992.
ISBN: 9780765342287
0765342286
9780312852726
031285272X
9780765357694
0765357690
Branch Call Number: GOULD
Characteristics: 344 p.

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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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