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Davy lives alone with his father. But the truth is, it isn't much of a home. When things get so bad that Davy decides to run away, his big question is, Where? And how will he live?

The magical answer: anywhere Davy wants!

Davy discovers he has the power to "jump" from one place to another. Not just a few feet. But hundreds, even thousands of miles! And as Davy explores his n
Paperback, 345 pages
Published February 18th 2002 by Starscape (first published August 1992)
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Becky Although this is one of my all-time favorite books, there is a lot of content that might be too mature for younger readers. There is violence, child a…moreAlthough this is one of my all-time favorite books, there is a lot of content that might be too mature for younger readers. There is violence, child abuse, near-rape, tragic loss, and profanity. I wouldn't suggest it for middle school, but a savvy or less-sensitive high schooler shouldn't have any trouble with it. (less)
Michael Lauer No, I guess many of us who read the book _before_ the film were puzzled by the odd storyline about the paladins. Didn't Gould also work on the script …moreNo, I guess many of us who read the book _before_ the film were puzzled by the odd storyline about the paladins. Didn't Gould also work on the script for the film though?

Anyways, the film was still entertaining and I would have loved to see more. I wouldn't mind a rebooted version that sticks close to the canon as presented in the books though.(less)

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Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I've wanted to read this ever since I watched the Jumper movie. Teleportation movies and books are always fun. The biggest surprise is that this book was nothing like the movie. The only thing they had in common was the teleporting main character.

This was a surprisingly dark sci-fi that spent more time pondering moral dilemmas and exploring Davey's emotional reaction to the various mishaps that befell him than it did on action sequences. The action and the pace did pick up a bit towards the end
Eric Allen
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
By Steven Gould

A Retroview by Eric Allen

When this book came out, back in 1992, I was in my teens, had just finished the latest installment of The Wheel of Time, and I was looking for something else to read. So, I did the thing that all geeks do, and asked the librarian for a recommendation. She handed me Jumper with a wink and told me that I had better hurry because the book was about to be banned at that library. Being a teenaged boy at the time, these were the exact words needed to sell
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, arc-review, 2013
It's actually interesting to note the timing for my reading of this book. I'd just finished Larry Correia's Hard Magic and jumped (pun intended) right into Jumper by Steven Gould, the new SFWA president.

I absolutely loved Hard Magic and Correia's book dealt with a wide variety of different magics, from the Pale Horse who can make people die to the Heavies who can use magic to move objects (and much more as we find out) and even teleports who can disappear and appear anywhere they want. Jumper,
Jan 08, 2022 rated it liked it
Although a bit whiney at times, tis still a decent effort. 6 of 10 stars
Jul 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
Well, this is a rare situation where the movie was better than the book. In fact, the writers of the script decided the book was too dull and changed the plot about 75%.

The book is pretty dull. the main character, who I could not help but visualize as a wimpy darth vader, basically sat around crying the whole time while his way too old hot girlfriend held him and then had sex with him he stopped.

It had a lot of promise (as demonstrated by the movie) but it just bogged down the personality of t
Executive Summary: A cool concept that is uneven in its execution. This is one that really needs a half star rating as it's more 3.5 than 3, but not good enough to get a 4.

Audio book: Macleod Andrews is a pretty good narrator. He does some voices and accents. This is a good way to do the book, but not a must listen.

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I watched the movie and liked the concept, but little else. As a result I picked up the audiobook when it was a daily deal on Audible.

The book is definitely better, but
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Davy Rice has a special gift: the ability to transport himself to any spot he wants, which he discovers when being beaten by his abusive father or about to be raped by a long-haul trucker. He flees his small town, moving to NY, where he settles down after jumping into a bank and taking almost $1 million. He falls in love with a college student in Oklahoma, and eventually decides to find his mother, who deserted him. But, disaster strikes and Davy begins to use his gift to find the culprit, drawi ...more
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely a favorite. Jumper is a tale of David Rice, who realizes his special ability to "jump" from one place to another, and his trials of life. It begins with his first jump, after escaping a drunkard dad, and describes his journey through New York as a 17 year old with nothing but the money he came with.

As the story progresses, more conflicts arise, from a relationship to advoiding the grasp of the government, and then it all brings about changes to David, with more clarity
Sherwood Smith
Jul 12, 2009 added it
Shelves: sf
I call it science fiction though the jumping is probably fantasy, but the book is treated like SF. The original book, not the novelisation for the movie, was heart-wrenching, funny, fast-paced, poignant, and so very real in all the good ways, as the teen protagonist discovers he can teleport from place to place, at first to escape his abusive dad. Then he wants to do good . . . and discovers that there are consequences--from both sides.

I'm sorry that the movie appears to have removed all the hea
Crystal Starr Light
Disclaimer: I have been reading and reviewing for over a decade, and in that time, I have grown and changed a lot. My views in the following review reflect the person I was when I wrote them and may not reflect who I am today - for better or for worse. While I would love to be able to reread and update my reviews to reflect who I am today, I think my time is better dedicated elsewhere. If you choose to read this review, please bear in mind this attitude.

UPDATE from 2022: The movie isn't that ama
This is marketed as a science fiction novel, but it's really a superhero story. But a superhero story written as a "serious" science fiction novel, in which the premise is that the "superhero" is the only one of his kind. Ever thought "Yeah, superpowers in reality would change the world, not just lead to a bunch of costumed gangs beating on each other in the streets of New York?" This book explores that a little, though Davy, our would-be hero, doesn't change the world, much.

Davy is a teleporter
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
"Jumper" is about David Rice, a seventeen year old boy who lives in an apartment with his alcoholic father who beats him. His mother fled from their violent home when he was a young boy, and now his father only has him to abuse. One day Davy forgot to mow the lawn and his father gets extremely angry. He takes out his belt to beat him, and then suddenly, poof! Davy teleports (jumps) to the local library in which he spends a lot of time at, this making it a safe haven. So that starts off the rolla ...more
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
first read in early 90s
I love Love LOVE this book! I first read it when it FIRST came out in 1992 and I've read it at least 4-5 times since then.

So, when they announced there'd be a movie, I was exstatic! Then they started publicizing changes. Changes? Why!? It's PERFECT just the way it is. Regardless, I went to see it the premier weekend, on Feb 16, 2008. Grrrr I left steamed! I saw a very few movies in theatres in 2008 -- Jumper made me mad, The Mist had me frothing at the mouth and I predicte
Wendy Darling
A really terrific book...until it turned into another one entirely. Review to come.
First half: 4 stars.
Second half: 2 stars.

I am behind on my reviews again:-/
Andrew Obrigewitsch
This is the best YA Sci-Fi book I've read in a long time. If were written today, and all the fan girls where to jump on board, it would have a rating close to 5 stars. However since it was written in the 90s and mainly read by adults now, it does not get the fan girl love. Writing YA novels has to be tough, because you are dealing with a crowd that grows up and forgets about you to be replaced by a new group that knows nothing about you. Talk about a fickle audience.

Anyway, the story is very we
Nov 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need to be sure to get the original book, not the novelization of the movie....
And I did. And yes, it has plenty of heart, and themes of revenge, family, the definition of a terrorist, etc. It has Sense of Wonder and What If. But still, it's much more adventure & thriller than sciency SF, and for that reason I will not continue the series.

Character is 18 for most of the fast-paced book, but 17 during the beginning, when some very brutal things happen to him to set up all this exterior, and
This is a well written, interesting book that will definitly give you lots to think about. What if you could jump(teleport) anywhere that you'd been before just by thinking about it? Where would you go? What would you do? The possibilities are endless and that was the main reason I liked this book, it got me thinking.

Published in the early 90's Jumper is now slightly dated but this doesn't deter from a good story, you just have to try and remember a time before cell phones, computers and the in
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2017
The idea here is better than the execution. The dialogue is clunky, the plot is thin, and the characters are sketches more than anything.

The film based on this book was better, despite its flaws. (Namely the studio-dictated narration at the beginning explaining things to the dumb people in the audience.) They took the basic elements of this book and gave them a high-quality shine while amping up both the stakes and the action.

The main character in the movie is more of an anti-hero, whereas here
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sff
It all began when David Rice was seventeen years old and was being abused by his father. Then it was immediately followed when he was almost raped after he ran away from their house. He knew it was teleporting, but he preferred to call it jumping and he considered himself from then as … a Jumper.

Though he knows that he will be alone in the street, he is still willing to pursue running away from his alcoholic father. He is determined to find his mother. But how when the world as if turned its ba
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: viableparadise
I read this book right after it first came out. I thought I remembered the basic plot, but I had opportunity and need to read it again, so I took it off my shelf, dusted it off, and dove in.

Turns out, I didn't remember the plot much at all except in vague terms. I remembered the "inciting incident" that causes the main character, David Rice, to learn about his ability to teleport. I remembered him testing the limits of what he could do. Something vague about a camera and teleporting to and from
Shira Karp
May 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went and saw this movie and was really underwhelmed. It had a good idea behind it but it seemed like it was too smooshed, like there was too much back story and explanation they hadn't been able to adequately fit into the movie. So I got the book. My dad and sister thought I was crazy since the movie was so mediocre, but I really wanted to see what the story was REALLY supposed to say. Boy was I surprised.

This book is NOTHING Like the movie! If you liked the movie, don't read this book it will
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Sep 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favoritebooks
I read this as a young teen and was impressed by both the grittiness and the realism of the main character's world. A movie came out recently that was based on this book, but I was almost offended by the movie version because it did such a crap job of capturing that "everyday life of an extraordinary person" feeling that the book did so well.

The main character is a teen who discovers he has teleportation powers and starts using them to make a life for himself. What's nice is he actually does th
My first knowledge of this book came from the movie. And after watching the movie I didn't really have any intention of reading the book. But over the years I've seen it pop up again and again on peoples list of to-read sci-fi. Lots of authors whose work I love cite it as an inspiration. So finally I picked it up.

Firstly I didn't realise it is as old as it is. I thought it had come out a couple years before the movie. Until I started seeing all the references to VHS players. The start of the boo
Kara Babcock
I’ve had Jumper on my computer for a while now and never got around to reading it, not sure why. Sometimes with books like that, I feel extra trepidation going into it. Why haven’t I read it yet? Is it because I can sense it’s bad? What if I don’t like this book?? I’m on vacation; I want my reading to be good!! Fortunately, although by no means a home run—by dint of Gould’s somewhat blah narration—Jumper managed to captivate me and keep me reading right until the end, and I’m almost tempted to p ...more
Greg Bennett
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book motivated me to post my first ever review on Goodreads. I was gripped by this book from start to finish and this has not happened in a long time, hence 5 stars. I was a bit hesitant to start it because I had watched the movie but it is apparent after a few pages that the book and movie are not the same story. Not just for young adults, I am 57 and wish I discovered Steven Gould a couple of decades ago.
Enjoyed enough to read next in series. Donating now as clearing bookshelves for a move.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was so different from the movie, SO different. I may have to read it again sometimes.
Marco Lopez Baez
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Totally worth it, immersive and sick as f**k.
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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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