Award-winning author Steven Gould returns to the world of his classic novel Jumper in Exo, the sequel to Impulse, blending the drama of high school with world shattering consequences.
Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be - sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it's hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them. And when you're a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics.
But Cent isn't easily daunted, and neither are Davy and Millie, her parents. She's going to make some changes in the world.
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"Heady, zippy, fabulous reading....an intensely human story about love, honor, loyalty, betrayal and family." (BoingBoing)
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Give it plot and drama and believable dialog.
No plot.Written for 10 to 12 year olds.
Jade and her friend. They don't seem to add anything to the story. But, I forgot, there is no story.
If you want to listen to 12 1/2 hours of science data from a supposed 17 year old before any drama materializes, then this could be your cup of tea. Really, in a 16 hour book there is no plot whatsoever until some drama unfolds at about 12 1/2 hours. The dialog is so unreal. It's as if everyone is a computer spitting back data from a database. These are not the kind of thoughts or words real people say to one another. I really liked Jumper and Griffin's Story, but this book is just trite. Now if I was 12, I think I would really like this book because it has all this cool space stuff and teleporting. Wow! But I'm not. Then again, if I was 12 I would not understand any of the science talk and there is a ton of that here.If it is the author's intention to introduce science to young readers, then this is a huge fail. Any teen would be forever put off science by this book because obviously -- from the story -- it requires a genius intellect to understand all this talk about space and medicine. Amazingly everyone seems to know so much nomenclature about medical procedures and pathologies, and space and military and guns and etc. Our 17 yr old Cent can calculate trajectories and positions in space from a headful of numbers. Really! How dry and uninteresting. I would think Jumpers had more of a feel -- an intuition -- associated with their skill. But Cent is like a computer: You punch in the numbers and she can jump. I FEEL Gould took the essence from his series and jettisoned it from his writing.
"Great young adult read."
Okay, I wasn't that fond of Steven's last Jumper novel for the reasons I've already stated, but EXO is another thing entirely. This novel is great for the 12-18 crowd and reminds me a lot of the young adult SF novels of my own youth. The most recent novel that I felt was this good (and of the same ilk) was The Martian, but it was an adult book and not a young adult book. While the previous novel of Cent and her family had far too much teenage angst for me to enjoy and the subject matter didn't appeal, this novel has less angst and more Low Earth Orbit. Steven has obviously researched the International Space Station and the problems associated with micro-gravity and he handles it well. The narration by Ms Rankin was once again dead on for the voice of Cent.
Obviously Cent was the best character, although several others were nearly as enjoyable.
I normally only listen to audio books while driving, but that's only about an hour per day. I finished this book in three days by spending a good share of my home time listening to it also.
Give it to your adolescent and pre-adolescent friends, they'll love you for it.
"An Unexpected Pleasure"
Having read the whole series thus far, I was a bit disappointed when I first listened to this story because the publisher description kind of misleads you as to the direction that the story is going to take. I was expecting more of a story along the lines of "Reflex", and so I felt let down by how the story went. I then decided to listen to it a second time with a more open mind as to the plot, and it was as if I was listening to another book even though it had the same words. And wonder of wonders, it turned into a total pleasure finding out what was going on with Cent and her parents, and how things finally work out for them. (Not going to provide any spoilers)
After listening to this book, I get the feeling that this is going to be the last book in this series. If it is the last one, you won't be disappointed. Steven Gould brings everything to a satisfying conclusion with very few if any lose ends. So if you have enjoyed the "Jumper" series up to now, ignore the publisher description and just enjoy the story. I have done so 4 times already, and hope that Mr. Gould will continue the story.
As always Emily Rankin makes the story come alive with her reading, and listening to her read is a treat in itself.
"The best of the series"
Most defiantly, it was such an amaisingly detailed book I'm sure I missed some of the finer details in my headlong rush to finish it
Cent, well she is the main character, but also a very cool "Space Girl"
Probably the one where she's tearing up at the sight of the earth from orbit
"She's out of this world!"
"Flowing.. Young.. Technical.. Refreshing.."
I really liked the storyline. I am glad this was a continuation of the third jumper novel. It actually got me caught up on the story because I did not read the third novel, I just had to realize that there was a gap between Davey and Millie with no children and then their daughter being old enough to jump and ready to graduate. The technical aspects of the book we're very pleasing because they brought into line things that I had not thought about before ; and it also was tempered by the fact that Cent was not a Brat but still nieve about certain thkngs.
The narrator was good, male and female voices of various ages were clear. I would recommend this book.
"Less conflict is ok sometimes!"
I read so many book where every few pages the people are in life or dead situation. Or something from the past comes back to show you that person can't be happy. This book is light in that aspect. For the most part everyone is happy and moving forward in life. Is there conflict. Yes! But most of it I don't have to worry about everyone's death. Next book I worry will be more conflict.
So happy this series has continued. Cannot wait for the next book. Where will they jump to next? Keep listening!
"Ahhh, I love space stuff and teleportation."
The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card. Kid in Lost Gate can make gates to other places, kinda the same, neat concepts.
Nice clear voice.
Yeah, Grams crying in space from looking at the earth was nice.
Space, teleportation, bad guys, how much more incentive to read this do you need really?
"One of my favorite books"
I have reread this one multiple times, and each time I wish it would keep on going.
"Better than the last"
Great Book. Much better than the high school drama that the last book was. Lots of space talk and science but the author definitely knew his stuff.
"Excellent true sci-fi geeks dream"
In-depth scientific mumbo-jumbo that sounds interesting enough to make you think it's all real, all possible.
Fourth in series of Steven Gould's 'Jumper' series, so any before.
Good. She has a clear voice definition for each character, nicely played. Interesting tone to match storyline. Enjoyed listen.
Overwhelmed to begin with as this goes straight into scientific jargon, but really got into it when the plotline became clear towards the first third of the book.
If you are not sure to begin with, give it a go as it really gets going from the second half and by the end you don't want the story to stop. Excellent read.
absolutely fabulous story I am a big fan of the jumper series. can not recommend this strongly enough
"Confused writing damages a reasonable story"
I have very mixed feelings about this, there are parts that I've reviewed a second or third time, but there were sooooo many parts that if I was reading this I would have skimmed whole chapters, and skipped pages. There were many parts that left me numb with boredom and there were parts that were well written.
After some reflection the most interesting part of this story was that it was primarily from the point of view of a 2nd generation jumper. David and Millie grew up knowing that teleporting was impossible, while Cent grew up knowing that it was possible. David and Millie did the same sorts of things they might have done if they couldn't teleport, while Cent came up with the things she could do because she could teleport.
The least interesting was the amount of technical detail and what felt like multiple references to the same previous event in an earlier book, perhaps with one small extra piece of detail. These two makes me wonder if Gould had enough story for the demanded word count.
Finally like book three this is Cent's story, and each time the chapter was about Cent it was first person perspective, while when ever it was from David or Millie it was third person perspective. I would have found it easier to read if it was either just first person Cent or everybody was third person.
Oh one other thing, because this was Cent's story it was filled with soooo much - I'm going to say guessed - teenage girl emotion about boyfriend and girlfriends, that it clashed horribly with the technical detail. So much so that I was confused about the target audience.
I have only listed to the Impulse (book 3) and this one. She's not the best performer, nor is she the worst. It was possible to tell who was speaking based on her change of tone.
Ignoring the disconnect from the Jumper film, and the question about how to cover previous story elements - when space based films for teenagers are in vogue, possibly.
Of the Jumper series book two was, IMO, the best, while book three was the worst. This book has some way to go to catch up to the quality of story and story telling of the first two books. The limited appearance of the 'bad' guys in the third book was terrible while this book handled them much better, but not as good as the 2nd book. No spoilers.
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