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