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This review is from: REFLEX (Jumper) (Mass Market Paperback)
This is Steven Gould's first sequel to his original Jumper novel, Jumper 2 for the uninitiated. Before the Jumper movie came along there were originally only these two jumper novels. There is no mention of Griffin or the Paladins in this story, because at this stage, those characters had not yet been devised.
Reflex is set ten years on from the original novel, and sees Millie and David living happily together both in Millie's house in Stillwater and out of David's secret high-hide carved out of a rock-face in the Texas wilderness. Millie is contentedly involved in her career as a counsellor, while David spends his time jumping around the world, occasionally assisting NSA Agent Cox with various covert `snatch-and-grab' jobs. At this point, very early on in the story, the author takes a bold step and has his main protagonist kidnapped by rogue private contractors leaving Millie to join the dots as to what may have happened to him. Unfortunately before she can do this she has to find a way out of David's hideaway where he left her, a vantage point several hundred feet above the ground.
Being a big fan of Doug Liman's Jumper movie I found myself imaging Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson inhabiting these well-written and sweet characters. It is not often I encounter the phenomena of a female being concerned for the well-being of her man either in life or in art, so I was drawn to Millie's predicament. It is also a bold step of the author to tether Davy to a narrative standstill for the majority of the story, allowing the Millie character to take centre stage. Issues of incarceration, immasculation and a male responding to unwanted sexual advances are very well written.
The action is very original and the characterisation has also taken a step forward; both David and Millie have been written into developed adults. Gone too is the first person narrative, Gould this time opting for a story told from the third person. The author does a good job with this novel, a fast and snappy read. It seems inevitable that there will be a third Jumper novel. I remain curious as to whether Steven Gould will keep the stories of the novels and the forthcoming sequel movies separate or whether he will blend the two plotlines together.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2010 22:18:38 BDT
Paul Magnussen says:
Did you ever hear of plot spoilers?
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2010 14:24:10 BDT
I take your point. I'm a writer and simply enjoy deconstructing an interesting piece and delivering an article. I have endeavoured to adjust some of my other reviews so as to not drop too many plot spoliers. I am as keen to enjoy films and books as much as everyone - and I don't wish to ruin things for other dedicated readers/viewers.
However, may I suggest that if you spy a review that is starting to give too much away, you stop reading it.
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