I first heard of Griffin's story about the time "Jumper" the movie came out, I think I read a quote by the author at the time that it was meant as a movie tie in. "Jumper" was the usual "take the title and some of the characters, throw away most of the plot" movie adaptation - better if you hadn't read Mr. Gould's books Jumper and Reflex, ( Gould refers to the adaptation process in a note at the start of the book). I think his "adaptation" here- to be consistent with the movie resembles Jumper the movie about as much as the movie resembled the first books.
This time out Gould tells the backstory of Griffin, the newly introduced "jumper" in the movie. He never gets around to tying the book and movie together but still manages to come up with an interesting story if you don't mind being "left hanging". I wonder if the author ever intended (or intends?) to write a sequel? EV, Griffin's teen love interest, is cast aside in Griffin's battle with the Paladin group out to kill all jumpers (I think the movie "explained" them better than Gould does) and the young woman, Alejandra, doesn't fare much better although she does rate a mention on the last page.
I'd like to read more about the characters introduced here but- 2008-2013- no sequel so maybe that idea is out. I liked Jumper and Reflex, with Davy and Millie, better anyway. "Their" next story, Impulse, is out now and it is a real sequel- should be a good one.
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (21 August 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076531827X
- ISBN-13: 978-0765318275
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.6 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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