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Jumper Series by Steven Gould

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 3, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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One of the series I love that is not well-known and not a best seller is the Jumper series. You may or may not have seen the movie Jumper starring Hayden Christensen. It’s based off of the first book that I’m about to talk about, but it definitely takes a different spin on the plot. If you want to see the movie trailer, click this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMasdjup_JU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

There’s three books in the series. In order, they go Jumper, Reflex and Impulse. All written by Steven Gould, the stories follow David, a man who can teleport wherever he wants, whenever he wants.

In the first book, David ends up escaping his abusive father, moves to NYC, and begins robbing banks. Eventually, David meets Millie, a girl from Oklahoma who he falls in love with. Despite his happiness, everything eventually catches up with David as his mother is killed, and the NSA consistently attempt to capture him in order to use his abilities for their own use.

In the second book, Reflex, the reader finds that David married Millie. Also, David occasionally works for the NSA on cases he deems morally sound. While on a mission, David is kidnapped by a powerful criminal organization with influence of American agencies and Brian Cox, David’s NSA handler, is killed. While David is tortured and experimented on, Millie figures out a way to rescue her husband.

And in the last book, Impulse, which just recently was released, David and Millie are helping people in need all around the world. Alongside them is their teenage daughter, Cent. Like a teenager, Cent wants a normal life with friends and a school and a boyfriend. She has been forced to live in hiding her whole life because of the men who tortured her father and other agencies looking to manipulate them. Eventually, Cent discovers she can jump like her father. With this revelation, her parents agree to put Cent in a small town high school in the middle of nowhere. She meets friends, takes of snowboarding, and even falls in love. But that doesn’t come without trouble. Cent also takes on the bullies in town which ultimately brings attention to herself. Cent tries to balance her jumper life with the one she’s always wanted, but it ends up being harder than she originally thought.

In this series, Steven Gould creates amazing stories with David and his family. Each book progresses perfectly as David builds a family and matures into a man. The relationships Gould builds between his characters help the reader understand the situation they’re in. Likewise, the science fiction aspect of the book is great. Who would have thought to make a book about a teleporting man? The overall series captivates the audience and makes it hard for the reader to set it down.

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