Okay Book, But Wont Be Going Out Of My Way To Find The Sequel
Jumper (Movie Tie-In) by Steven Gould
Publication Date: February 2008 Reprint
3 out of 5 stars
R - Sexual Content, Violence, Alcohol Abuse, Profanity
When David Davy Rice was 12, his mother left him in the care of his abusive alcoholic father. Five years later at the age of 17, he is now on his own. Hurting from the mental and physical wounds inflicted upon him by his father, Davy is set on settling in New York City and beginning his own life. Unable to get a job because of his lack of identification documents, he decides to get money through more questionable means. With government agents hot on his heels and a great girlfriend by his side, Davys mental and physical battles escalate. Only one thing is keeping him and his girlfriend out of the governments hands& his ability to teleport.
Jumper was an interesting book with a heavy atmosphere and a character whos morals and judgments were slightly askew.
I wanted to pity Davy and yet I detested some of his actions. Half the time I wanted to give him a much needed hug and the other half I wanted to talk some sense into him. Davy was strong in the face of danger, but his venerability around Millie, his girlfriend, made me like him all the more.
I admired Davys humor and sense of hope. Life is full of many dark, depressing events, so why not look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel and hold on to the hope for a happy, enjoyable life? I liked Millie because she was able to keep the light of hope burning in Davy when all he wanted to do was give up.
This novel began to lag around the middle, but with the help of some cruel, sad events the author got the story rolling again. The ending seemed to sneak up on me. The last 30 pages covered a huge amount of information, of which I was just barely able to absorb.
The reason I cant comfortably recommend this novel, is because of the sexual content, attempted rape, and strong profanity (f-word used very often).
If you think that this book sounds interesting and/or the main character sounds interesting, I suggest You dont know me by David Klass. You dont know me doesnt have anything paranormal, but Davy (from Jumper) and John (from You dont know me) are quite a lot alike in the fact that they both have abusive father figures and they both have to deal with the mental and physical wounds inflicted upon them because of it. Im going to overuse this word but, its interesting to see these characters survive and their emotions and behavior change, mature, grow, and become self-relying but yet able to show weakness at the appropriate times.
Jumper was an okay book, but I wont be going out of my way to find and read its sequel.
Date Reviewed: December 14th, 2008
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Jumper by Steven Gould was an extraordinary book. This novel being labeled as a science fiction book does not do it justice. Jumper is more of a coming-of-age novel than a science fiction book. Only a few pages or so delve into the realm of the science of teleportation. Davy Rice is a seventeen year old kid living in Ohio, with an abusive, alcoholic father. His mother left Davy when he was twelve. Davy runs away from his home in Ohio and makes his way to New York City. After rough times in New York, Davy received nearly one million dollars from a bank transaction. After Davy contacted his mother, she was killed in a plane hijacking by terrorists. Davy devotes all his time after that event to finding the hijackers, but unfortunately he attracts government attention. The NSA bugged his fathers house, his girlfriends house, and kidnapped his girlfriend. Davy was real from the very beginning of the book and continued to be throughout the entirety of the book. That was what made it so great; you could connect with the character and feel his pain, suffering, and anger. My connection with the character had me not wanting to put it down. The ending was a bit predictable, but I prefer to read books for the journey of the character rather than the outcome of the conflict. Jumper was one of the best books I have ever read; I would recommend this novel especially to people who enjoy science fiction and to anyone who loves to read an amazing book. (261 words)