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Impulse (Jumper #3)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,250 ratings  ·  243 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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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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
Shelves: 2013, kindle, own
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Richard Guion
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
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
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
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
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
ok there are just not enough stars for the jumper series. I thought the first book was amazing. The second one had me hooked. The third one just blew me away. I don't know how Steven Gould does it, but the characters feel just so real and plausible. I just love Davie, Millie and Cent. Besides all the three of them are badass and they love reading! I just felt like I could somehow relate to all of them. In this book Davie, in spite of being many years older, still feels like the one I first met i ...more
Jeffrey Grant
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
I admit that my prior knowledge of this world consisted of having seeing the movie "Jumper" a few times. As such, I enjoyed this book. A lot. A great read that I finished in a hurry because it became a real page-turner. And with the viewpoint shifting between the three protagonists, this could just as easily be a teen fantasy/adventure as it could a light sci-fi/fantasy. If you've read the previous books, I'm guessing you'll probably love this. If you haven't read the previous boooks, you can st ...more
John Loyd
Impulse (2013) 371 pages by Steven Gould.

Every Gould novel I've read has been outstanding. Impulse makes it ten for ten. Jumper introduced us to Davy Rice and his ability to teleport, a.k.a. jump. In Reflex Davy is captured by a group wanting to use his abilities. Impulse is set 17 years later. Davy and Millie now have a teenaged daughter, Cent. They have been living in the north of Canada, but Cent wants to have friends, go to school, be a normal teen.

Davy and Millie can both jump and early
If you only know the Jumper series from the movie, stop reading this review and read the first Jumper book immediately. If you’ve never read this book or have only read a few in the series, keep reading.

Impulse is the third book in the Jumper series. In the first book, we met Davy and discovered his ability to teleport, or jump, along with him. Unfortunately, this utterly cool ability made him the target for a sinister conspiracy. Well, there are always ups and downs to everything, right? In th
Kater Cheek
I found this book considerably weaker than the previous two. Judging by the difference in the stars, I'm unusual in my opinion.

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
Darren Vincent
What a ride. Before you read any further and wonder why I gave a four star rating to a book where it appears I have quite a few issues with is because it was a heck of a ride and entertaining the entire way.

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
Michael Hirsch
I was happy to see another book in the Jumper series. I was also happy to discover that the book was good. this time it explores the child of the teleporting parents.

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.
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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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