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Impulse (Jumper #3)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  2,835 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
Steven Gould returns to the world of his classic novel Jumper in 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'
Paperback, 371 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Tor Science Fiction (first published January 8th 2013)
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Nov 19, 2014 seak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2014
Progression of the Jumper series:

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
Kat  Hooper
Apr 02, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit

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
Jan 20, 2013 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
Shelves: kindle, own, 2013
Impulse (Jumper 3), the first Jumper novel in nine years. It’s been a long time coming, like having wisdom teeth pulled waiting for this novel. Yet, it’s really worth the wait. Impulse is reminiscent of the very first Jumper, a classic in my personal collection.

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
Brian Delambre
Oct 08, 2012 Brian Delambre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Jumper will love this book!!

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
Loved it. Fans of the series will get a wonderfully written new entry and enjoy every minute of it. I'm waiting to do my review until the audiobook comes out. Hopefully next week. I burned though this so quickly I can't even remember all the point where I LOL'd for reals.

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
Jan 18, 2013 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit conflicted about this book.

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
Sherwood Smith
I loved Jumper the book. I liked its YA sensibility while still being a read for adults. It has been my go-to book when people ask what I think New Adult is, even though it came out before the Potter generation was reading. (Assuming that the New Adult sub genre was invented for the Harry Potter readers who wanted f or sf fixes a step up from school stories, with younger protagonists entering the adult world.)

Impulse returns to that sensibility with Cent, the smart sixteen-year-old daughter of D
Bryan Schmidt
Feb 14, 2013 Bryan Schmidt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reserve fives for books where I can't imagine doing anything different. Where I can't find a single flaw I can honestly say would have made the book stronger. So I don't give those out very often. This is one of those exceptional cases. What an amazing, page turner of a read. Just perfect in every way. With not only exceptional craft but an exceptional spirit. Gould has written a book about a teen protagonist that examines teen angst and struggles without wallowing down in the usual "me agains ...more
Laz the Sailor
Apr 28, 2014 Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, ya
One of the best things about this story is you can tell that the author has a teenage daughter (actually 2). I have one too, and much of the interaction with the parents was true-to-life. I hope I wasn't as overbearing a dad as Davy, but then I didn't have people actively trying to kill/capture me and my family.

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
Dana Stabenow
Jan 11, 2013 Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in the saga of teleport David, his wife Milly, and now their daughter Cent. Steven Gould is the direct sf heir to Robert A. Heinlein and Joe Haldeman--he writes so sensibly and practically of impossible things that he makes you believe, well, the impossible. He's really given serious, extended thought in these novels (Jumper, Reflex) to just what it would be like to be able to teleport, and to just how attractive that would make you to the powers that be. If you live in daily fear of being ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 Stars

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
Feb 08, 2013 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steven Gould's 'Jumper" is probably the best novel about teleportation in science fiction. It tells the story about how David Rice learns to secretly use his jumping talent.

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
Anne Gray
Feb 13, 2013 Anne Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sciencefiction
Impulse is the third book in the series that started with Jumper (1992) and continued with Reflex (2004). The first book is basically a coming of age novel about a teenager who escapes from an abusive home life with the remarkable ability to "jump" from one place to another instantaneously. The second book has a second person develop this ability, and is pretty much thoroughly an adventure/thriller, and the third book revolves around their daughter, who has had an odd sort of both socially isola ...more
Ben Nash
When I got home from Christmas celebrations, I found this book waiting in the mailbox. I won it in a drawing and it must've arrived on Christmas Eve. What a great present!

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
Casey Blair
Jan 19, 2013 Casey Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually haven't read Jumper yet, but that didn't adversely affect my enjoyment in the least. People new to the series can start with this one without worrying.

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
Ashok Banker
Feb 21, 2016 Ashok Banker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd read Jumper and loved it. The film adaptation was pretty good too. I enjoyed Reflex, the sequel, and the way Gould didn't just rinse and repeat, but actually 'jumped' the story and characters forward. But Impulse blew me away. Gould 'jumped' the characters yet again, but this time he added a new primary viewpoint protagonist, Cent, the teenage daughter of Davy and Millie from the earlier books. Not only that, he made Cent a complex, extremely likeable yet flawed character, and added a bunch ...more
Richard Guion
Nov 09, 2014 Richard Guion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel features Cent (Miilicent) the daughter of Davy & Millie as she comes to terms with her powers & learning how to adapt to high school. Great fun!
Momof3-in an Ash and Cael sandwich
3.5 stars. I had to knock off a bit as it started extraordinarily slow for me, but once it picked up I really liked it. Cent was a good strong character though as she is young she made some mistakes. The whole "mean girl" thing took a turn I wasn't expecting and I hate it when I'm mentally killing off teenagers. Joe tripped me out, how many teenaged boys can you discuss Austen with?
Grant, awww, dude...i felt for him for many reasons. I didnt read the first books of this series, but i didnt feel
I enjoyed this, read it in one sitting.
This is billed as being basically stand-alone, since it's set 20 years after the previous books, but I think it works better when read in the context of the series. Cent's storyline here is satisfying in a wish-fulfillment way but not particularly deep; there are good guys and bad buys, and she plows self-righteously through them, always instinctively sorting them into the correct basket and never encountering any real danger. The depth comes from David and Millie, and watching all the little wa ...more
Karin Grant
Dec 28, 2015 Karin Grant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to write just as horrible of a review as I thought this book was. It plain sucked. I forced myself to finish it just because I like to finish what I start. I was very entertained by Jumper and Reflex so I had high hopes for this book. However, this one was just way too out there for my taste.

I won't summarize the story for you, all the other reviews do that but I found it so unbelievable that Cent is jumping all over the place and supposedly no one is noticing. (view spoiler)
Dec 31, 2014 Montanamarynotmartha rated it really liked it
This book was fun and fast paced - I was almost late for work trying to finish it.I liked how the characters were developed just enough for you to really car about them - even the bad ones! I'd love to hang out with them at the coffee shop, Krakatoa. Also, the "jumping" kept it fresh from beginning to end. My favorite part was when Cent really get's her teen brain going and puts on a disguise to take action. I also liked the family bond in this story. I really appreciate that the father cared s ...more
Dec 19, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impulse is the third in a series, and I listened to the audiobook without a problem. I did wonder why and how the family had the power to teleport, but the overarching plot drew me in enough that I was able to overlook that and focus on a really good story.

Cent is the child of Davy and Millicent, and her parents can teleport. At the beginning, Cent can't, and she spends her days helping her parents' charity projects when she's not being homeschooled. They are in hiding from a shadowy organizatio
Jul 25, 2014 J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Aside from the awesomeness that is teleportation this book had no redeeming qualities. I hated it so much I'm not even going to clean up this review. Mostly gripes and maybe some spoilers:

Update: A fellow Goodreads member disliked my "review", griping that I reviewed the author rather than the book. It isn't hard to ignore an author/actor's politics, I rather enjoy Matt Damon's movies, the problem is when an author tries to choke you to death with his politics. I'm fairly certain that before he
Jan 08, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: powers
This book was almost what I wanted.

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
Mar 02, 2013 Kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I wouldn't have called Jumper one of the best books I've ever read -- it's a fairly predictable SF novel. But Gould tells a good story with a compelling lead character. I loved it and read it multiple times. I watched the disappointing movie in hopes that it wouldn't suck (but it did).

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
There's a lot to like about this one despite the whiny teenager angst. I just wish Cent's parents had "spanked" her in some way when she started rebelling. I don't care how mobile your kid is, you don't let them act out without consequences. Luckily, Cent acted a lot less bratty later, but then again, she got her own way, didn't she? I much prefer Davy and Millie to their spoiled brat of a daughter.

The story was good, though, even though I think Gould dropped the ball on the romance. Davy and M
Jeffrey Grant
Mar 14, 2013 Jeffrey Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something about the way Steven Gould tells stories and creates characters always grabs me. I wasn't as fond of the previous book in this series, but mostly because the torture scenes frustrated me immensely. The only times this book frustrated me was when the focus moved away from Cent and onto Davy and Millie.
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
DNF'd at 55%

I was excited to read this one, and started it I believe around the time it came out - but it's SO. SLOW.
There's not one thing in this book that interests me. I love Davy and Millie, but Cent is so plain. Her story doesn't make sense, she's supposedly been sheltered her whole life, not interacting with other kids, but then she goes to school and all the sudden she fits in just fine with people? The only problem she has is bullying by this one group and yet the book has dragged it ou
Aug 09, 2016 Conal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The was a fun novel that continues the story line that was begun in Reflex. This one was a much more seeming YA read rather than the previous two which, IMHO, were both adult novels though this did not lessen the enjoyment that I got from this. This is (mostly) the story of Davy and Millie's child (named Cent, short for Millicent)and her entry into the real world after being kept apart in hiding by her parents for her life up to the story told in this book. We see her develop and enhance the tel ...more
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Steven Charles Gould is an American science fiction author. His novels tend to have protagonists fighting to rid government of corrupt antagonists. The struggle against corruption is the focus, rather than the technology.
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