Impulse (Jumper #3)
Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the sa ...more
Book 1, Jumper: Let's take a simple concept and weave a cool story that's brilliant in its simplicity.
Book 2, Reflex: Let's take that simple concept and add to it by restraining it, but while also pushing boundaries. Also, let's add a cool mystery and some spies.
Book 3, Impulse: Let's take all the great things we've built up so far ... and add teenage angst! A forced romance! A holier-than-thou attitude for all the characters!
(Okay, these are misleading, caus ...more
Impulse is the third book in Steven Gould’s JUMPER series. The first book, Jumper, which was more thriller than science fiction, told the story of Davy, a teenager who discovered that he could teleport. He used his ability to fight the terrorists who caused him some personal pain. In the second book, Reflex, Davy is captured by people who want to use his power for their own purposes and Davy’s wife Millie sets out to find him. Bo ...more
This time around Davy and Millicent are parents to sixteen year old daughter, Millicent; Cent for short. The characters of Davy and Millicent reflect what happened in the previous novels. They are isolated yet trying to make the world a ...more
On one hand, it's straightforward. No messy language details, no recondite SAT vocab words. There's no complex philosophical question to be considered, no mysterious butterflies or green frogs that tell you the Author Is Being Symbolic.
On the other hand... it's almost insultingly simple. It's a story about the daughter of a couple who can teleport, and how they've spent all their time living off the grid hiding from the people who attempted to kidnap them. T ...more
Impulse returns to that sensibility with Cent, the smart sixteen-year-old daughter of D ...more
I should not have started a Gould book at 11:30 at night. I finished right around 4:30am. I love the Jumper series. As a bookseller getting Fantasy people to try SF, I would give them Ender's Game followed by Jumper. Impulse is a wonderful continuation of the Jumper & Reflex storyline. Just to follow the characters 15 years later and get to see back into their lives, and what they have done with their abilities, and how they try to raise a child on the run ...more
Alright so I'm still reading this faster than should. I honestly loved this book. It was a perfect installment to this series. Whether you're here now because of your love of scifi, the movie, or randomly picked off the store sh ...more
As ever, unsolicited copies can be a real mixed bag, especially when the book turns out to be a later book in a series you've never read. I almost didn't read Impulse because I really hate reading series out of order and I had neither time nor free resource by which to acquire and read the first two. However, the publicity contact assured me that Impulse works as a standalone, so I decided to give it a go because Tor publishes quality stuff. Anyway, I am very glad I gave Impulse a chanc ...more
In "Reflex", the sequel to "Jumper", David is captured by a power hungry group that wants to coerce David to work for them. Hyacinth Pope, one of the leaders of the group, tortures and experiments on David, but Millie, his girlfriend, learns to jump and she rescues David and Pope is jailed.
In "Impulse", Gould explores what it ...more
Like the previous two books in the series (not including the movie tie-in), this one had me from the beginning and kept me going all the way through.
This one mostly follows David and Millie's daughter, Cent, as she discovers and learns her new ability. She finds new ways to use the ability, just like Davy did in the previous bo ...more
My favorite thing about this book is that it made me want to go learn about new things, or relearn things I've forgotten: everything from Boyle's Law to international relief efforts to Jane Austen's publishing history. I love learning things from books, and a book that inspires me to go learn more about such a variety of subjects is a ...more
Grant, awww, dude...i felt for him for many reasons. I didnt read the first books of this series, but i didnt feel ...more
In this book we learn what two Jumpers have to do to live their lives in a productive fashion, using their talents for good, and trying to avoid the bad guys who still hunt them. The meth ...more
Jumper is one of my all-time favorites. I can read it over and over and still love it every time. It explores the mechanics and psychology of teleportation from the viewpoint of a person I can relate to.
Reflex took the previously explored world and added an element of adventure and despair to the story. Another great book, but markedly different from Jumper.
Impulse did not have the same feeling of the other two. In books 1 and 2, you were always exploring new t ...more
The sequel, Reflex, was less compelling. But I enjoyed it, it just didn't drag me back the way Jumper did.
Now, 15 or 20 years later, comes the third book in the series, and the author who wrote Jumper is back. Thi ...more
Downsides: I thought the parts where Davy was investigating the office buildings were kind of pointless since they didn't lead to anything ultimately, and I wish there had been more descr ...more
What I liked about the first two books: Davy and Millie learn to use and control amazing powers while running from evil organizations of considerable resources who will stop at nothing to capture and control them. There's also the element of doing good and saving people.
You'll understand this better if you take into account that this is, at its heart, a superhero book. C ...more
Steven Gould returns to the world of his classic novel *Jumper* in the thrilling sequel *Impulse.*
**Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents’ arms. She’s teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she’s ne
What I loved about Reflex was that it took the characters and abilities in Jumper to the next level without rehashing those in the first book. Like Reflex, we get a well thought out new teleportation ability that works within the 'parameters' that we already know. But the thing that I really ...more
I particularly liked the exploration of some of the physics of teleportation. Their daughter discovers that she can change her momentum without changing her position. So she can leap really high without anyone realizing that she is really teleporting.
Each protagonist, albeit having a shared uncanny intelligence (which sounded like the author himself speaking) with one another, had a unique voice.
I love that Gould's initial major characters have grown up. Davy acts and talks like a dad, and does dad things. Millie acts and talks like a mom, and does mom things. Cent is all teenager-y and the cast of secondary characters around her sounds exactly like that too.
I understan ...more
It can be read standalone, but you will enjoy it so much more if you read the previous bo ...more