Synopses & Reviews
In this galaxy spanning trilogy opener 12 year old cadets at the EarthBound Space Academy are part of the first generation genetically bred to facilitate easier interstellar travel. Jasper Adams has felt like an outcast all his life—he and his fellow “Bounders” have traits that include hyperactivity social difficulties and autistic qualities. “Scientists discovered people with genes like mine have the best brains for quantum space travel” Jasper explains. At the Academy Jasper and his podmates—impulsive Marco know it all Cole dramatic Lucy and mute Mira—bond hone their abilities and learn how to “quantum bound” from one place to another without using a spaceship. As they look into the mystery of an alien held captive at the Academy they discover a long held secret and face a universe more complex than they imagined. While the story raises its share of ethical questions it shines in its depiction of neurodiverse characters especially Cole and Mira as Tesler uses familiar SF conventions to show that kids with ADD autism or other conditions can be as heroic as anyone else. Ages 10–14. Agent: David Dunton Harvey Klinger.(Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
In the tradition of Michael Vey and The Unwanteds, twelve-year-old Jasper and his friends are forced to go up against an alien society in this first book in a brand-new adventure series
Bounders have always known they were different, but they never suspected they were the key to saving Earth.
Thirteen years ago, Earth Force a space-military agency discovered a connection between brain structure and space travel. Now they ve brought together a team of cadets, called Bounders, to be trained as elite astronauts able to pilot ships that can travel across the galaxy in an instant.
Jasper Adams can t wait to join the first class of Bounders, but when he arrives at the space station, nothing is as it seems. Security is sky-high, and Jasper and his new friends soon realize that Earth Force has been keeping secrets one of the biggest being a powerful, highly-classified technology that allows the Bounders to teleport through space without a ship. Only Bounders can use this tech, which leads Jasper to a sinister truth humanity is facing a threat greater than any they ve ever known, and Bounders are the ones standing between their planet and destruction.
Will Jasper and his friends rebel against Earth Force for hiding the truth, or fulfill their duty and fight for their planet? The fate of Earth may rest on their choice."