Jumper by Steven Gould

Untitled 7.jpg The movie Jumper was atrocious. I called it Mace Windu versus Darth Vader. It was full of good ideas that never got the proper treatment and belly-flopped from the most painful of heights. I decided to read the book in order to see those ideas treated right.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that none of the ideas that I was so excited about in the movie were even in the book. There are no Paladins trying to hunt down teleporters, in fact there are no teleporters other than the main character, Davy Rice.

There aren’t even any bad guys.

The story instead is basically a story of a young man fighting his way through the depression and anger and violence that comes from living with an abusive father. He cries a lot, he makes really bad judgments and reacts without thinking in anger at things that remind him of his alcoholic father. The portrayal of a person dealing with these kinds of emotional traumas is extremely realistic and almost painful to read.

I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not.

The story never felt boring or hard to read but there is never a real antagonist or climax. The story has exciting parts, and sad parts.

I would recommend it to the curious, but it’s not overly exciting or well written enough to read for the experience alone.


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