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Jumper [Kindle Edition]

Steven Gould
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"Jumper gives us the best of both worlds: a smashing adventure story that grows from a wonderful novel of character."--Bruce Coville

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Written in the 1990s by American author Steven Gould, Jumper tells the story of Davy Rice as he escapes his tortured childhood to explore the world via teleportation and find his long lost mother.

At seventeen the world is at your feet… especially if you can teleport.

David Rice barely remembers his mother. She left his alcoholic father when Davy was very young. She left Davy too, and since then all of William Rice’s abusive anger has been focused on his young teenage son.

One evening, as he is about to receive another brutal beating, Davy shuts his eyes and wishes to be safe. When he opens them again, he finds himself in his small town’s library. Slowly, he realises he is very special, he can teleport.

Armed with his new power, Davy sets out with new purpose: he will leave his abusive home and find his long lost mother. Davy’s confidence grows as his skills do, but they also draw unwanted attention and soon Davy finds that he too is hunted.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007275994
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Film tie-in ed edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UZ5JAO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I was a Jumper 2 Mar 2008
I like to have a rule with regards to books that have been made into films: read the book first. This is largely down to the fact that almost always the book is significantly superior to the film, which is certainly the case with Jumper. In fact there are so many differences between the novel and the film that they bare only the slightest resemblance to each other. I hope that this has convinced you to try and read the book.

The novel is based around the life of Davy Rice, a teenager who discovers that he has the ability to teleport or `jump' instantaneously from place to place. This serves as the catalyst to run away from his abusive drunken father and to begin a life of his own, a life that he soon realises is not bound by the limitations that other people might experience.

The novel, though obviously supernatural in its foundations, is very much about growing up. At the beginning of the novel Davy is a shy and nervous adolescent who lives in constant fear of his overbearing father, the novel shows his journey into becoming a mature and responsible adult. What I liked about the story is that it shows very honestly what most people would do with the ability to come and go as they please, anywhere in the world, the novel shows very easily the freedom that he so effortlessly possesses.

This book contains a heart that the film sadly did not possess; the film seemed to paint Davy as a very self-obsessed loner, whereas the book shows his real motivations and that he is in fact an intelligent and emotional young man. As one reviewer has commented this book is listed somewhere as "young adult fiction", which I think can only be down to the fact that the subject matter does involve a good deal of wish fulfillment. A superb piece of writing to be sure, my one and only reason for not giving the book the coveted five star rating is the fact that I thought the ending was a tiny bit abrupt. Otherwise a wonderful piece of science-fiction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, but a word of warning... 8 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book. I bought it because I saw the trailer for the movie and thought: "what a good idea, but I bet they've overdone the special effects at the expense of the story". So I thought I'd read the book first. I didn't realise that this book is not the story of the movie, but I enjoyed this so much that I probably will read 'Jumper: Griffin's Story' as well. I still haven't seen the movie and don't think I'll bother. The beauty of this story is not the imagery of moving instantly from place to place, but the moral dilemas the main character, Davy Rice, faces as a result of his ability. Is it acceptable to rob a bank so long as no one gets hurt? To convince someone they're going insane because they treated you badly in the past? To dispense justice to terrorists just because you can? There are many, many interesting questions and issues raised in this book.

But my word of warning is this: the movie is 12A and this book was (at one point, if not now) listed in a 'Young Adult' category. I would say this book really isn't appropriate for younger readers. There are some very dark themes: physical and mental child abuse, alcoholism, domestic violence, terrorist violence and homelessness to name a few. Admittedly there's no graphic sex or much in the way of swearing, but I would still strongly suggest that any parent thinking of buying this book for their child after seeing the film read it first, because it may not be suitable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves ten stars! 31 Aug 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this one. The idea of a person being able to teleport from place to place is not new, but it still has the power to fascinate. Just think, what would you do if you could jump from one side of the world to another just by concentrating upon a photograph of your destination?

David Rice can do just that as he learns quite by accident during a moment of heightened stress when his abusive father attacks him. We follow David as he learns what he can do, but not why he can do it. This frustrates him until he becomes distracted by other events. He robs a bank, gets a girlfriend older than him, finds his estranged mother, loses the girl, loses the mother, gets the girl again, tracks down a bunch of terrorists.... phew! David sure is busy in this book and I love it! Oh yeah, he makes a fool out of the FBI and police at nearly every turn... great!

Jumper is simply great fun. Once you pick it up, you'll not want to put it down until the last page is read. When you've finished it, you'll want to put it somewhere safe. I guarantee you'll want to read it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MOST EXCELLENT ADVENTURE... 29 Sep 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
David Rice is a highly intelligent, well read, seventeen year old boy, who has been physically and verbally abused by his father for years. Abandoned by his mother, Mary, when he was twelve, because David's father, her husband, also battered her, David decides that he cannot take any more abuse. In a moment of great personal angst, he discovers that he can teleport himself to a safe place. So, begins a new life for David and a most excellent adventure for the reader.
David, to his own amazement, can teleport, but there there is a method to the madness, which he soon discovers. His new ability, however, enables him to not have to return home. He, instead, starts a new life for himself, one which the reader will enjoy sharing, as his new found ability, which he calls "jumping", leads to many interesting situations. Some of the situations in which he gets involved turn him into an unusual sort of super hero. Inventive and absorbing, this is a very special coming of age story that will keep the reader turning the pages.
The only problem with the book is that many of David's initial problems, while on his own, arise out of his lack of a social security number. This is a highly unlikely case scenario, because David would have needed a social security number for some of the standardized tests a student is required to take, as the social security number would act as the student's identification number. Moreover, his father would have needed David's social security number in order to claim him as a deduction on his income tax return. This is, however, the only false note in this otherwise totally delightful tale of a young man with powers of teleportation and the ways in which he puts his ability to use.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars jumped straight in
Amazing book. Bought as a fan of the film. It's completely different but even better than I'd hoped. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mart
5.0 out of 5 stars Different from the film but good.
I loved the film and so thought I would read the book. The book is quite different from the film, though you can see where the film took its plot from. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Quillion
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a kids book.
I bought this as part of a Humble Bundle, the contents of which have been mixed. I finished this book in 2 days whilst travelling and for the first time in a long time was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Swan
4.0 out of 5 stars TOO MANY TYPOS
This is interesting, engaging and well written but it doesn't seem to have been proof read. The number of errors is very distracting and detracts from what would otherwise be an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jonty J
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I enjoyed this book a lot and got so in touch with the main character. Unfortunately I seen the movie first... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Squirrel Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the film
I was expecting something along the lines of the film, but it was so far from it that I may as well have not watched the film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Fraggle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
A great book, although the film is very dissapointing, the book is definately worth a read. Makes you want to wish you could teleport!
Published 11 months ago by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooooooosooooooo awesome
Amazing much better then the movie (like usual) . I liked every second of it . Didn't do anything else except read this all day
Published 13 months ago by Imran Isat
5.0 out of 5 stars so much better than the movie
I was pretty doubtful that I would enjoy this but after reading other reviews I gave it a go. As other reviewers have said this book bears little resemblance to the movie. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J4m13
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story..
A boy with an extraordinary gift, he just needs to picture a place and he's teleported there in an instant. This proves to be a godsend at the beginning of the story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cathy
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