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Twinmaker (Twinmaker #1)

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  671 ratings  ·  179 reviews
High-stakes action combines with issues of friendship and body image in this timely and thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of technology and identity.

You can be Improved....

In a near-future world in which technology can transport you anywhere instantly, can a coded note enable you to change your body—to become taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is prett
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
This book is based on a theme that centers on the ethical and moral uses of technology, an interesting debate---unfortunately, it does so at the expense of an actual plot and compelling characters. This book is all action and no suspense. It is far, far too long for what it has to offer. I was ready to give it up at 30%, but I clung on in the hopes of something happening that would capture my attention.

I hoped in vain.

This book is very, very much action-based, and not much else. Despite all the
Apr 23, 2013 Brandi marked it as to-read
I'm dropping this at 7% complete. There's no loyalty with the best friend, there's cheating, probable girl hate, I bet slut shaming (no idea yet though), and I'm just not feeling it. There might be a day I come back to it, but I'm thinking it unlikely.
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Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

I see that Jump (or Twinmaker) will have a large range of strong opinions. Strangely, I was not one who had a strong opinion, whether negative or positive. I would be lying to say that this book is completely flawed, but I also would be to say that Jump was perfect.

What Worked:

I really liked the idea of Sean William's world. Clair lives in
Unless I read the blurb to Twinmaker completely wrong, I really was expecting something different entirely from Twinmaker. This whole idea of improvement and of potentially being able to do this by a few swift jumps I found highly intriguing and the whole jumping aspect of being able to go wherever you’d imagined in a few minutes was a concept I liked (remember the film Jumper everyone?) But for me Twinmaker took far too long to get things rolling.

Clair and Libby both used the D-mat to get from
I have picked up this book to read it about five to six times. I only read a little at a time. I finally had to put the book down at page 134. This is a great feat in its self. I so wanted to like this book more than I did. It just jumped around too much without much explanation. It would have helped if the world that Clair and Libby were living in was described in details better. In fact, I did not realize that this story was more on the futuristic side. Not that I minded but with these types o ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)

Twinmaker is a high action science fiction that kept me guessing.
I was pretty confused at the beginning, but the mystery sucked me in despite not really understanding the technology and terminology. I figured it out pretty much as I went along, I just didn't get what exactly led society to these measures, and while there seemed to be science behind most of it, I didn't really get the hows and whys. Never the less, I still enjoyed and I liked the characters, and wanted to know what would ha
This is a superbly clever book. This is a riveting adventure of epic proportions. This is a disturbing future.This is Jump, the first book of Sean Williams' Twinmaker series.

Instant gratification. That's the premise if this book. You can instantly transport yourself anywhere in the world. You can fabricate anything you want immediately through a "fabber". It's fun, it's free, and it sounds amazing. But if people are taken apart and put back together at their destination, how do we determine if t
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)

This was an interesting story, but it was very slow.

Clair was an okay character, but at times I didn’t really get why she was best friends with Libby. Libby unfortunately just came across as a real b*tch, while Clair was snogging Libby’s boyfriend! I mean what is that about?! You call yourselves best friends?

The storyline in this was a bit all over the place. Where the story started out from, was a million miles from where it ended at! The story started out be
3.5 stars

This ARC was given to me through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

So in the future there's this thing called the D-mat. Think: Star Trek Teleporter.
Beam me up, Scotty!
Almost everyone all over the world uses it to travel anywhere they want to all across the globe. So if you live in Denver you can go to school or work in Amsterdam. Very cool, right?
I say almost everyone uses it, because there is (of course) a group of granola crunchers (Abstainers) who refuse to step inside th
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
The world is set into the future and what a future it is. People travel on d-mats, eliminating the entire transportation industry. And with high-tech technology there comes a price. Clair stumbles upon the WHOLE who are known to her as terrorists. Once her best friend Libby gets sucked into their Improvement program, that's when she realizes her world is a sham and the people who claim to protect her, are the very people who also want to kill her.

I find the storyline to jump all over the place w
Brit McCarthy
I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

There is nothing better than a strong female character in teen literature. It seemed for a while every book I read had a wimpy, indecisive female character unable to do anything for herself. Clare, the heroine of our story here, is nothing of the sort. She is level-headed, practical and smart. She knows how to respond quickly to a situation and do what's right and what's necessar
I'm not really a big Sci-Fi reader, but Twinmaker is probably one of the best YA Sci-Fi books that I've read in a long time. At first, I wasn't so sure I would like it (and worse, feared there may be some slut shaming coming my way), but I was surprised.

The characters are likable, particularly the main character, Clair (though for some reason I really don't like the spelling of that). Jesse and "Q" were also great characters. I didn't love the rest of the cast, but I found them likable enough. C
Sean the Bookonaut
Jump, called Twinmaker in the US, is Sean Williams’ foray into teen science fiction, he’s well known as a NY Times bestselling novelist of adult scifi and he’s also done a great children's series in conjunction with another Australian author Garth Nix - Troubletwisters.

In the world of Jump we have solved our environmental and power problems, we can teleport from anywhere on the face of the planet to anywhere else there is a D-mat booth. We can fabricate and recycle the goods that we need. It’s a
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Twinmaker, unfortunately, was another DNF review for me for a few reasons that I could not excuse above the rest. I wanted it so badly to be a good dystopian that would convince me that the genre wasn't actually fizzling out. I saw the potential it had; I recognized what other people loved in it, but I did not share their feelings.

For one, the world-building was absolutely nonexistent. There were mentions of the Air, lenses, a
Very rarely do I NOT finish a book because I tend to like . . . well . . . LIKE finishing books that publishers have kindly sent me. Unfortunately with this particular title, JUMP, I read a little over 220 pages and I still couldn't get into this book. While the concept of this title is usually my kind of thing and while I didn't mind it in the beginning, but when I'm trying to force myself to read more and more of this book . . . it just ends up taking out all of my enjoyment in reading, so - f ...more
This might be two and a half stars, but I'm rounding down because the first 90 or so pages could have been cut out with very little lost from the story. Everything about the beginning of this book felt like an obvious set up, like a paint by numbers kind of thing. There were some action sequences I genuinely enjoyed, but I needed substantially more from the world building and also from character development, which would have been a better way to spend the first bit of this book. Overall, this ju ...more
As a YA reader coming to SF for the first time, I imagine I would have been thrilled by this book. Friendships, angst, adventures. Parties and social media. A great twist at the ending. Ideas to keep me up all night, imagining the possibilities.

I guess my adult self liked "Jump" but did not love it because I don't have that naivete when it comes to this genre, and, more specifically, the scenario of unlimited resources. Why are Libby and Clair in school if educated people are no longer an import
Bruce Deming
I just finished this book. There is a lot of cool tech and great adventure. I couldn't put it down once i settled in.

This book has so many popular Sci fi themes woven into this utterly unique and new story.

Masterful job and great fun even if not a sci fi buff. Fine adventure!

I had to consult my younger nephew to get up to date on what memes and trolls are in internet land to get myself up to date more on the lingo which was fun too.
Feb 20, 2014 Kristen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
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Ian Mond
On a very recent episode of the Coode Street podcast, Gary Wolfe noted that current day science fiction has mostly abandoned ideas around teleportation. What was a hot concept in the 50s and 60s has become a quaint idea better left in the hands of media franchises like Doctor Who and Star Trek. With Jump: Twinmaker, Sean has attempted to revive this classic concept. Much like Larry Niven did with his Flash Crowd stories in the 1970s, Sean has imagined what society might look like if we could tra ...more
Twinmaker by Sean Williams was a lot to take in at first. The technology here was very advance and quite ambitious. It was distant, futuristic time where people don’t need airplanes to go to another country because they have what they called D-mat. It can transport them to any place in the world in a matter of time. And then they also have Improvement, where it can correct their physical imperfections, or so they say. Improvement, however, isn’t exactly what they thought it was because it can ch ...more
When I first started this book, I was throughly confused. It took getting through the first couple of chapters until I understood what exactly was going on and what exactly they were talking about. After that, I was engrossed and sped through the rest of the it.
Mr. William’s created a futuristic world and put a little twist on things. The premise is that of a teen girl (Clair) living in a world where they can actually travel through ports. Not really to different times but to other places. For i
Amber (Books of Amber)
I requested this book at the last minute from Edelweiss, because I had recently been auto-approved for Balzar + Bray and I had heard a couple of people rave about this one. Of course, I had to stick my nose in and find out what all the hype was about.

Since finishing this book, I still have no idea how to answer my initial question. Why do people love this so much? I found Twinmaker very boring right from the word starting point. I tried to give it a chance, but by the time I was 10% of the way
Teleportation, cloning, body snatchers, government conspiracies and themes of identity and self image - Sean Williams explores all that and more in his first YA novel, Twinmaker. It's a great, intellectually stimulating Science Fiction thriller, and one that is sure to appeal to teens and adults alike.

Twinmaker offers an action-packed, dramatic and twisty ride. With every page turned, you learn something new - often disturbing or shocking - about the world and the technology that rules it. An
Only about half way through the ARC at this point. It's not terrible, but it's not amazing. I haven't seriously considered giving up on it, but it's not difficult to put it down after reading a few pages. For one thing, the chapters are very short, often cutting off in the middle of scenes. I think the author thinks this will make the pace seem fast and make people keep turning pages, but for me it has the opposite effect. It's very easy to read a chapter (a few pages, often) and then put it dow ...more
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Review by Callum - Year 11

This is a teen sci-fi adventure novel set in the far future, where a massive technological network called the d-mat links the entire planet. When Clair’s best friend Libby disappears after receiving disturbing messages called “Improvement”, Clair must risk everything in an attempt to save Libby and delve into the dark truth of the d-mat itself.

At first, I was sceptical, as this was not something I would normally read, but I was soon proved wrong. To begin with, it seeme
Katie (Books and Katie)
...change anything.
Change everything,
if you want to.


What starts off as a book that has a very interesting premise, takes a painstakingly slow turn, and picks so quickly at the end that you are dying for more.


The World Building:

Everything aside- what I loved most about this book was the way the author envisioned a transformed world. The d-mat is something that I fantasize about when I think about a futuristic world. Being able to break down even humans, into series of 1s and 0s
Kathy Martin
TWINMAKER was an amazing science fiction story. Clair is a pretty ordinary 17-year-old. She lives in Maine, goes to school in California, has a best friend who lives somewhere in Sweden, and has a crush on a boy who lives in Shanghai. All of this is possible because in Clair's world transportation is handled by the d-mat which moves people all over the world in minutes. The water wars are over; energy is generated in space and is virtually limitless; everyone is rich because everything they coul ...more
Zoe G
This book is great! The author did a great job of making all of the chapters cliff hangers that leave you with questions and suspense. This book is a giant mystery! When you think you figure one thing out you learn you are wrong and end up being surprised with the outcome. Everyone of the chapters is full of action and suspense. I would recommend this book to people who like the genre mystery and who like action in their books!
Twinmaker bored me.

The characters were okay, but they could be annoying at times.

The first few chapters were alright, but the rest was dull.
There was parts when it wasn't too bad, but i still wasn't enjoying it very much.

It could be really hard to follow sometimes, which made me feel even more bored.

Overall, slow, dull, confusing.
I was relieved when the ending came!
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#1 New York Times bestselling Sean Williams lives with his family in Adelaide, South Australia. He’s written some books--forty-two at last count--including the Philip K. Dick-nominated Saturn Returns, several Star Wars novels and the Troubletwister series with Garth Nix. Twinmaker is a YA SF series that takes his love affair with the matter transmitter to a whole new level. You can find some relat ...more
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