Review: Jumper

I recently finished the book Jumper, by Steven Gould. I remember watching the movie about a decade ago and mostly enjoying it. But I learned that the book was nothing like the movie, and since I read a breif description of it (I believe it was by Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary) I thought it sounded like something that I really wanted to read. And I was right.

I happened to notice it at our local library and I have to say that it's a pretty fantastic book. The main character learns that he can telepor during an extremely traumatic experience or two. He sets about learning about his powers and what he can use them for. Of course one of the most obvious uses for that kind of a power is robbing a bank, which I have a vague recollection that he did in the movie, too, but those are about the only similarities.

I really enjoyed reading about Davy and how he learns to control his powers. Unlike Harry Potter, who is constantly whining about how hard life is, and not learning every possible thing he can about his power, Davy does experiment quite a bit and figures out how to use his powers effectively. Eventually his hubris catches up to him, causing problems, but I won't ruin the story for you. You'll have to read the book to learn about those problems and how he handles them.

Jumper, by Steven Gould, is a fantastic read. It does start out with a pretty intense scene that may not be appropriate for all young adult readers, but otherwise it's pretty darn good.

For me, this book gets 5/5, will read again.