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Earth Force Rising

(Bounders #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Thirteen years ago, Earth Force—a space-military agency—discovered a connection between brain structure and space travel. Now they’ve brought together the first team of cadets, called Bounders, to be trained as high-level astronauts.

Twelve-year-old Jasper is part of this team being sent out into space. After being bullied back on Earth, Jasper is thrilled to have something
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Aladdin (first published January 5th 2016)
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Jenn Bishop
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of this world. No, really!

Debut author Tesler takes us beyond the Earth's atmosphere in the adventure-filled first book of a new series. Twelve-year-old Jasper is the first from his family to be a cadet in the Earth Force. Bred especially for this role as a "Bounder," Jasper and his new peers -- all of them neurodiverse -- have special capabilities that need to be honed in training. Along with his podmates -- some friends, some frenemies, and of course, one weirdo for good measure -- Jasper
Victoria Coe
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of BOUNDERS in exchange for an honest review. I was immediately absorbed in this engaging and exciting story about five kids who bond, uncover secrets, and develop amazing skills at a space academy they were literally born to attend. It's the kind of book you want to drop everything for and just lose yourself in for days and days and days. The main character Jasper is especially lovable, an unlikely hero with relatable flaws and unexpected strengths, and the other four ...more
Bridget Hodder
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I received an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I loved BOUNDERS! Unlike some books that can't fulfill the promise of their fascinating hook, this one drew me in more and more as the plot developed.

It's a story of heroes who arise from the ashes of a gene pool so despised that it was deliberately bred out of the human race long ago, on post-climate-change Earth.

Ignorant bullies would call them sped-heads today; society in the future calls them "Bounders". The name comes
Kali Wallace
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If somebody had told me before I read BOUNDERS that Monica Tesler had managed to write a middle grade novel in which the entire premise is built on an understanding of quantum entanglement, I probably would have laughed in their face. But she did! There's some great science fictional world-building in here, but most of all it's SO MUCH FUN.

There's a little bit of Ender's Game-style alien contact in here, a little bit of Harry Potter-style boarding school shenanigans, and the combination is a
Lois Sepahban
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky to receive an advanced copy of BOUNDERS.

Outside of his family, 12-year-old Jasper feels like he doesn't fit in. He's a bounder, specially bred to be different. But Jasper hopes that when he and the other 12-year-old bounders join up on the space station, he will finally find the place he fits among kids like him.

BOUNDERS kept my heart rate up--allies and enemies, classified government information, and nonstop action. The world-building is fantastic, and I fell in love with Jasper
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This was such a fun story! I had the chance to read an advance reader copy and I was amazed by all the clever gadgets and world descriptions the author packed into this book. Most of all, I loved the character building. Each character had his/her own quirks and traits and it was so wonderful to watch them form friendships as they faced each challenge. Great read!
Patrick Samphire
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a fair review.

You don't get an awful lot of pure science fiction for Middle Grade readers, and that's a shame, because Bounders shows how well it can be done.

The "Bounders" in the story are the first generation of children bred to be able explore the universe by leaping through space. Recruited into the Earth Force Academy, they must train to Bound as well as to make use of mysterious new technology. Generations ago, undesirable genetic traits were
Andrew Brumbach
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reader copy of this book and took it with me on a recent business trip to Europe, and honestly, it occupied every free moment I could scrounge! BOUNDERS creates a fascinating future world of aliens, tech, and interstellar travel, with action and plot expertly balanced to keep the pages flying by. But for me the author’s crowning achievement is her depiction of the team of kids at the center of the story. This is a compelling picture of a group of kids learning to work ...more
Abby Cooper
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so great! I'm so glad I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED the characters in this fabulous middle grade debut. They are each so unique and well-developed. And speaking of well-developed, the BOUNDERS world totally pulled me in and didn't let go until the last page. What an awesome setting! If you want action, adventure, excitement, and some cool sci-fi fun, make sure to check out this book in January!
Sarah Ahiers
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!

I read an arc in return for a fair review, and I was so lucky I did.

Bounders is about Jasper, a boy born in the Bounder Breeding Program in order to be one of the first generation to pilot FTL ships to "bound" through space. Now that he's reached 12 years old, he and the other first generations are shipped off to space for their first tour of duty, where they learn how to bound, how to use jet packs, and how to work together in small five person pods.
But the Earth Force has
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the opportunity to read an ARC of Monica Tesler's BOUNDERS, and it was such a fun book! It's the story of a young man named Jasper who is chosen to be part of a special group of space cadets who will be trained to travel anywhere in the universe - fast! But as Jasper undergoes training and gets to know his new pod, he learns that EarthForce hasn't been 100 percent honest with them.

I think that kids who read this book are going to find a hero in Jasper. Jasper has difficulty paying
Casey Lyall
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BOUNDERS was a thrilling sci-fi adventure that had me wishing I could read at super human speed. The main character, Jasper, has grown up knowing that he will one day enter the space-military agency, Earth Force. The time comes for him to join the first group of Bounders at the base and Jasper finds himself faced with a whole array of new challenges - from mastering new technology to learning to work as a team. When Jasper and his friends discover that the adults at Earth Force have not been ...more
Lee Malone
In this excellent space adventure, Specially bred neurodiverse kids are sent to train as Bounders -- people with an affinity for space travel. But all is not what it seems. ..

This book features an excellent cast of well-rounded characters, literally the full spectrum of neurodiversity. Tesler isn't shy about showing the positives and negatives of these kids, but it's when they can use their unique talents that they really shine.

She encorporates just enough shiny space tech to keep things
Ruth Lehrer
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book and I'm so glad I did. Monica Tesler has such a great imagination. The story has great suspense but consistently maintains the perspective of a very 13-year-old boy. I always admire an author who can create tension with minor events such as breaking a rule, which is then intensified by more major events (like finding a program that tortures aliens?) The world building is meticulous. I particularly love all the great gadgets they have in the future. Made me wish I ...more
Jonah Lisa Dyer
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 10 year old son read this book and I couldn't help laughing when he told me, without irony, that it was about "space cadets." Ha! It totally IS about space cadets but as a child of the 70s & 80s that holds an entirely different connotation for me. He loved the book, has recommended it to several school friends and I've overheard him explaining "bounding" to his little sister so they can play it. That's a unequivocal hit in my book. He also says there will definitely be a sequel and I'm on ...more
Jen Malone
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the way this book took kids who in our world might be labeled with different learning disabilities and made those "quirks" in the way their brains worked the very thing that makes them so perfectly suited to be Bounders- such a positive and encouraging twist! Beyond that, this is a great sci-fi with excellent world-building. I can't wait to share this one with my own kids, who I know will love it!!

Kathy MacMillan
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of ENDER'S GAME, I was so excited to read this book. And it did not disappoint! My son and I read it together before bed, and I would often find myself reading ahead after he went to sleep. (Shh! Don't tell him.) From the foundational concept that those born with various forms of neurodiversity are able to harness interstellar travel, to the warm, funny, cast of characters, to the nonstop adventure Jasper and his friends find at EarthBound Academy, this is a series that can be ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Simon & Schuster Canada approached me to review Bounders, Monica Tesler's debut, I was thrilled! It isn't often I come across a middle-grade title that excites me the moment it's pitched to me, but that's exactly what Bounders did. As a sci-fi title targeted towards younger readers, I was beyond thrilled to learn more about Monica's space-aged world and it's array of diverse characters.

"I don't think breaking rules on day one is the brightest idea, but I don't want to look like a
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In BOUNDERS, Jasper has grown up knowing he was slated to join the inaugural class of the Earth Force academy. But when he and his new friends discover a well-kept secret at the space station, the chase is on to figure out what's going on all while in the midst of learning cool new skills like fling with a space pack, and controlling atoms with super-techno gloves.

Actually, I had trouble reading this book because my 11-yo kept
Jeff Raymond
Closer to a 4.5.

A lot of people tend to be looking for the "next" something. This aspires to be the next Ender's Game, and surprisingly succeeds on the merits.

The story follows kids at a military-space school. Technology has allowed us to identify a link regarding the structure of the brain and space travel, so kids are brought to the academy to be trained. Of course, this is under false pretenses, and the kids soon learn what role they're supposed to play in an interplanetary situation.

I found
S.M. Parker
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is so much to love about Bounders. I read this phenomenal debut after purchasing it for my oldest son. I had to wait until my oldest son read it, and then read it a second time--this time to his younger brother. The world building is phenomenal, as is the way Tesler has her characters navigate the universal kid problems of belonging and friendship. At the heart of this book is a really beautiful message about how our differences are what makes us special. Everyone in my house was glad to ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bounders, an amazing book by Monica Tesler, is such an amazing book full of space. The book is about a child named Jasper, is a bounder. A child able to travel (bound) throughout space, without any ship of delays. Along the way, he meets some friends and faces challenges, like bullies. I would recommend this book to all the people who love space and a ton of science, and horror! All in all, this book was so amazing and interesting. I really loved this book.
Janet McNally
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BOUNDERS is so much fun! Lots of adventure, compelling characters, saving the world & some quantum science. A believable, fun MG voice, and a fresh and fully developed story. I loved this book. MG science fiction done right.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

On spoilers: This does contain elements from beginning to end (although nothing that feels like a major spoiler, to me at least).

I feel like I need to apologize for how negative this review sounds, but I do want people to know a little bit more of what they’re getting into if they read the book, which I definitely didn’t see when I began. Also, I’ve taken this from notes that I took as I read and tried to form it into something a little more cohesive and review-ish.

So I’ve wanted to read
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-10 year olds
I was at a thrift store when I spotted this book by the cash. It was the cover that attracted me. I'm an adult and I enjoy sci-fi and young readers books. The copy which I purchased is an advance reviewer copy and it is 367 pages.

It's hard for me not to compare this book to Harry Potter and Ender's Game (which is among my top three books) but I will try to review based on its own merits. I liked the book, but I feel it's best suited for a very young audience. Although it's in the same vein as
A pleasant space adventure, with a likable team and positive messages, but light on the characters' development.

Jasper is ready to go to the EarthBound Academy. He's sad because he'll miss his young sister and playing music with her, but in another hand it'll be nice to escape his reputation of the guy who spaces out a lot. With the other kids of the 1st generation of bounders, he'll go to space to train and become a skilled traveller. With his pod of 5 kids, he'll find new friends and
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
Jasper and his sister Addy were born Bounders. As Bounders, they were part of a breeding program that allowed them to be special in the sense that they think differently than normal kids their age. They better understand quantum mechanics and therefore have a better chance at successfully traveling through time and space. When Jasper turns twelve he is chosen to be a part of the EarthBound Space Academy where he and other kids like him will train to become high-level astronauts. Jasper quickly ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I work at a bookstore and we received the Advanced Readers Copy of this. I am reviewing an incomplete, uncorrected proof.
I really enjoyed Bounders. This is the kind of science fiction I wish I had grown up on. The classic authors have their scientific backgrounds but the techno-babble is either hit or miss. Bounders isn't that, while it breaks down the science behind the technology, it doesn't takes page after page to do it, neither does it simply explain by way of 'it works'. The target age
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jasper has grown up knowing that he is a Bounder, but his mother has always cautioned him against telling others. Bounders are children who have been selectively bred from a recessive gene that was mostly weeded out over time. (My best guess after reading this book is that Bounders are on the Autism spectrum, but it never specifically says.) Bounders are called such because their minds are best suited for "bounding," an instantaneous type of space travel. Jasper is in the first group of Bounders ...more
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
*warning: this text contains spoilers*
Real rating: Hmm...1.5-1.7 stars.
This book’s description made it sound really exciting. really wasn’t very exciting at all. About 75% of the book was just “Whoopee, life stinks as a Bounder” and stuff like that. Also, it was REALLY predictable. I mean, you KNEW that Jasper would be chosen for Waters’ pod, you KNEW that Mira had some connection to the aliens, etc., etc., etc. And, the aliens...
The Tunnelers were basically just bipedal,
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Monica Tesler lives south of Boston with her family. She can often be found hiking or biking with her boys, writing on the commuter boat, or trying to catch a quiet moment for meditation. She is the author of the BOUNDERS series, a middle grade science fiction adventure series from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. THE HEROES RETURN, the fourth title in the five book series, will release on December ...more

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