Book Review by Aarene Storms: Impulse

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Impulse by Steven Gould

Cent has lived her whole life in isolation with her parents, hiding their secret: they can jump, or teleport instantly from one part of the world to any other place they have already seen. There are governmental agencies that would like to use jumpers ... and there are other, more nefarious agencies that want jumpers for their own purposes.

Cent has travelled all over the world with her parents. She is well-educated, reads voraciously, and helps her mother with emergency relief efforts in third-world countries. But Cent wants friends her own age.

When Cent discovers that she can jump too, her parents agree to let her attend a regular high school in a regular American town.

And then, things go wrong. And Cent may not be able to jump fast enough to avoid the trouble her family has brought to their new community.


This is the third book in the Jumper series; fans of the 2008 movie starring Hayden Christensen will be confused, as the film story has very little to do with the original novel. However, both feature good action and adventure, mixed with compassion and romance.

Recommended for readers ages 14 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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