Synopses & Reviews
What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?
Davy can teleport.
To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.
And that's a dangerous game. Jumper is a 20th Century Fox/New Regency production, starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane, and Jamie Bell.
"Gould's warm, delightful, and compulsively readable novel displays assured storytelling skill." Publishers Weekly
"Gould combines fantastical elements with characters who experience realistic emotions and tragedies, making the story suspenseful and adventurous yet believable." Children's Literature
"An exceptionally well-organized debut, with thoughtful ideas, a controlled plot, and characters particularly the young protagonist portrayed with insight and compassion." Kirkus Reviews
“Goulds very solid first novel has a long pedigree that reaches back to the first sf classic about a misunderstood adolescent with paranormal powers, A.E. Van Vogts Slan.
In Goulds entry into this lineage, Davy Rice flees an abusive alcoholic father by using his ability to transport himself physically by sheer force of will....[Gould] is good enough to make this familiar territory agreeable reading, and his debut a desirable acquisition.”--Booklist
“Gould makes an auspicious debut with this playful and moving look at a hallowed science fiction concept: teleportation. ...Short fiction has earned this author a reputation in “hard” science fiction, and he applies similar logic to teleportation. ...His warm, delightful and compulsively readable novel displays assured storytelling skill --Publishers Weekly on Jumper
“An extraordinary first novel combining the engaging appeal of early Heinlein with a biting psychological depth worthy of the most mature author. Writing with the intense edge of todays darker reality, Mr. Gould follows the fate of a young teenage boy, whose life take a turn into the unknown when he unexpectedly teleports himself.....What more could any reader want?” --Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Jumper
“Im tempted to call this an old-fashioned book, in the best sense, a story which takes a likable, believable character and explores his interaction with a single scientific speculation. Its that, but its also a sophisticated novel — unusual in a first book.” --Science Fiction Chronicle on Jumper
Deciding he has finally had enough abuse from his drunken father and is now determined to get away any way he can Davy discovers that he has the ability to teleport anywhere he wants. So he "jumps" to New York City. But next he finds himself desperately short on cash, so he "jumps" into a bank vault. While living the high life in the Big City and testing the limits of his power, Davey makes another startling discovery the mother whom he thought had abandoned him.
But a new tragedy and other events plunge Davy into a dangerous and mysterious world of terrorists and government espionage. This time there may be no safe place for "the Jumper."
About the Author
Steven Gould is the author of Jumper, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, and Jumper: Griffin's Story, as well as several short stories. He is the recipient of the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and has been on the Hugo ballot twice and the Nebula ballot once for his short fiction. Steve lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon and their two daughters. As he is somewhere between Birth and Death, he considers himself to be middle-aged.