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Jumper: Griffin's Story    by Steven Gould order for
Jumper: Griffin's Story
by Steven Gould
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Tor, 2008 (2007)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I enjoyed Reflex, Steven Gould's sequel to his 1992 Jumper, but have not yet read that first episode starring Davy Rice, 'the world's only teleport'. In advance of the Jumper movie to be released next year, Gould has now released Jumper: Griffin's Story, introducing an engaging character created for the movie and not in the original book - young Griffin O'Connor.

Griff belongs to a close, loving family. His parents do all they can to protect the secret of his teleportation ability and keep him safe, via constant moves, homeschooling, and regular defensive drills. His dad drums four rules into him - and they keep the family safe right up to the day that Griff breaks several of them to escape a bully's attack. Assassins show up that same evening, leaving nine-year-old Griff orphaned, heartbroken, wounded, and on the run, after a jump into the desert.

What follows is a most unusual coming of age story - that of a young man on the lam, with deadly killers (who're careless of collateral damage) on his trail for reasons that he cannot fathom. Fortunately, he can teleport, but must use the ability cautiously as his enemies include Sensitives who can tell when he jumps. Over the years, as Griff grows up (continuing homeschooling and keeping up his martial arts training), he makes friends around the world - and is stricken again and again when his presence in their lives exposes them to his enemies.

This story culminates in an episode of young love, betrayal and revenge. Griffin strkes back hard against his enemies, in the process learning more about them and the paladins who lead them - and also discovering that he's not the only jumper in the world. I enjoyed the new incursion into the jumpers' world in Griffin's Story and can't wait for the movie!

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