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Griffin has a secret. It's a secret that he's sworn to his parents to keep, and never tell. Griffin is a Jumper: a person who can teleport to any place he has ever been.  The first time was when he was five, and his parents crossed an ocean to protect the secret. The most important time was when he was nine. That was the day that the men came to his house and murdered hisGriffin has a secret. It's a secret that he's sworn to his parents to keep, and never tell. Griffin is a Jumper: a person who can teleport to any place he has ever been.  The first time was when he was five, and his parents crossed an ocean to protect the secret. The most important time was when he was nine. That was the day that the men came to his house and murdered his parents. Griffin knows that the men were looking for him, and he must never let them find him. Griffin grows up with only two goals: to survive, and to kill the people who want him dead. And a Jumper bent on revenge is not going to let anything stand in his way. Jumper, based on Steven Gould's earlier novel of the same name, will be a  major motion picture scheduled for release by 20th Century Fox starring Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Doug Limon.  Jumper: Griffin's Story features the character played by Jamie Bell in the film. ...

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Jumper: Griffin's Story Reviews

  • Fuzzy Gerdes
    2019-03-05 22:10

    I really enjoyed the first two Jumper books byStephen Gould and so I was a little nervous about the upcoming movie adaptation (as was Gould himself last year). I mean, a bad movie doesn't actually hurt the books, of course, but you don't want something you like dissed by a terrible adaptation. So it was interesting to discover that Gould had gone in an new "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" direction with the latest Jumper book.The movie, as might be expected, changes some of the 'rules' of teleportation and history of the world that Gould had established in the books. In the books, Davy Rice is (probably) the first teleporter in the world and his interactions with the authorities reflect the uncertainy they have coming to grips with his unusual abilities. In the movie, teleporters have been around for centuries and there exists a secret organization dedicated to killing them. Davy is introduced to the new world by another Jumper who has already been fighting back at that organization. So the new book, Jumper: Griffin's Story, inhabits that new world entirely and is the backstory of that new character.There's a certain degree of similarity of Davy and Griffin's stories -- I suppose partly because they're both, essentially, coming of age stories. But it was still a great read and I'm actually excited to see the movie now -- I want to see what Griffin's like after all he went through in the book!

  • Eshusdaughter
    2019-03-17 00:23

    Griffin is a jumper, he can teleport from one place to another. It's a handy trick, but also a dangerous one. Griffin's family is in hiding from a mysterious cohort of bad guys intent on killing him.I picked this book up based off a recommendation on one of the YA book boards. The recommendation should have come with preface - this is NOT a stand-alone book. You see, way back in the 80's Steven Gould published a book called Jumper: A Novel. It was followed several years later by a sequel, Reflex. I haven't read either of those books. I want to read them now, but it would have been nice to have done so before diving into this book.Griffin's Story assumes you have the background of the first two books and, unlike series such as Harry Potter, it doesn't bother to give any background or even a quick summary of what happened previously. You're just supposed to know or you don't. By the end of the book I was still very unclear on exactly WHO is chasing Griffin, WHY they want to kill jumpers, HOW jumping works and HOW someone is sensitive to a jump or not. Those are a lot of unanswered questions. Beyond that missing background info, this is a pretty good book. It has a good pace, action and the character development is good.One issue I do have that is strictly related to this book is that it doesn't have any sort of resolution. It feels unfinished. In a good book there is definite resolution, one or two questions may remain but the big ones are answered, the characters may step off-stage but the reader at least has a sense of how things will turn out. That's not the case here. Perhaps Gould is setting this up for a sequel but if so I haven't found anything online to suggest it. What I have found is that Griffin's Story was created specifically as a companion to a movie to be released this year. Ahh. Perhaps that answers it. Books created specifically for movies, in my experience, often fall a little short of their non-movie induced bretheren - they're more rushed, less attention is paid to plot, character and cohesiveness. Maybe Griffin's Story is suffering from that.It's a shame too because this was a good story! It had potential - the writing is tight, the premise intrigueing and the characters interesting. The follow through just isn't there, however.

  • Joseph Copeli
    2019-02-27 21:18

    [This review also appears on FingerFlow.com, a site for review and discussion of creative works.]Having read the first two Jumper books by Steven Gould, I was interested in seeing if this book would fit into the continuity of the books or the movie adaptation (which departed from the books significantly). Apparently, it's the latter, much to the detriment of the book. It's quite unfortunate actually, that this book and the movie seem to overwrite the events of the first two books with a completely different story.Personally, I preferred the world of the first two books, where jumpers were extremely rare, jumping didn't damage the environment around the jumper and bring debris from one location to the next, and most importantly, jumping could not be sensed by "sensitives." On this last point, the book focused a lot of time talking about how jumps could be sensed by Paladins, whereas the movie seemed to completely ignore this ability. Why waste so much time on an issue the movie doesn't even use? The Paladins aren't a bad idea, but they were ineffectual in the book (actually, you find out nothing about who they are and why they do what they do until the movie). The villains of Reflex (Jumper 2) were much more cool and fun.The main thing missing from Griffin's Story is the sense of wonder, introspection and investigation into the nature of jumping that David Rice had in the first two books. Like David, Griffin uses his powers to help himself, but unlike David, he doesn't eventually decide to use his powers to help people (except the ones he has led into trouble himself).In any case, my recommendation is to skip Griffin's Story and the movie and just read the first two books.

  • Eric
    2019-03-20 22:27

    I really wish I wouldn't have read anything bout this book previously to reading it myself. I know I put up a wall and avoided reading it like the plague. But since Impulse was announced I'm back to being obsessed with the universe and I'll allow a little play in the Jumper universe.For starters it really is a good back story. (side note, a friend and I just watched the movie again - still terrible - even this book which is in the same vein is loads better. Hopefully they'll do better in 2013 when Jumper 2 comes out...) I don't want to get too much into it because once you start reading you'll know what I mean. I love how Gould weaves languages in his book - sometimes you get the jist other times you just have to understand it or look it up if it's that big of deal to you.I liked getting to know Griffin because he is obviously not a common thug like the movie portrays all jumpers to be. I really enjoyed the "getting acquainted with my power" bits because it already started where people knew that jumping was possible. There was someone with Griffin while he was stretching his legs.My take away from the whole novel is just that, even though it's a platform for a movie that barely works, this book gets to stand by itself. It's very clear that Griffin exists in his own world and is learning about the big bad world around him but there is the ability to be able to read the book without being forced to see the movie and no harm in seeing the movie later if you so choose. I'm glad Gould wrote this though, because if someone else would've tried their hand in it I would've probably wanted to punch someone in the face :P

  • Samie Foster
    2019-03-11 00:58

    Jumper Girffin’s StoryRating: Proof that even with a good idea writer can disappoint………………………..This is a book about a man who can teleport. A society who murders his family when he is only ten years old, He runs from them and it is cat and mouse fame they get involved wit until he decides to fight back. Yet it may sound silly, but also sounds like a fun science fiction. So I gave it a try. Here’s my review on Jumper: Griffin’s Story………………………………………….First off let me explain something. Jumper is a novel written by Steve Gould. He also had a sequel to it called reflex, In 2007 the Bourne Identity director adapted it into a movie that made a fair amount of movie at the box office. In the movie he made up the character Griffin. He was not in the books, but Steven Gould loved this character so much from the movie, that he decided to write a novel prequel to movie focusing on Griffin. So this book is based off of a character that was made for the movie, which in turn is based off of his first book. Confusing? Yeah. A bit………………………………………….So who is Griffin? Griffin is a British teleporter who has been fight against the palidins for years. In the movie he would grab some and drop them off of a building or teleport some into a shark tank. He throws a bus at Roland and then appears behind him with a flame thrower for god’s sake. He cares only about his self and vengeance. He has flaws and shouldn’t be likable, but he is. I guess he falls into the Jack Sparrow and Mal Reynolds character category. But I thought the back story would be great,……………………….The book starts out with Griffin as a little kid. His family had been moving from one place to another so no one can find them. They didn’t want the palidins to find where he’s at. And Griffin is a typical kid ( who can teleport). But he teleports in public on accident one day and that night the palidins kill his family. So if course he jumps away.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,From there on the story kind of just bounces from one thing to another. It focuses on life an growing And for what is being promoted as a action novel. . It really doesn’t have much action in it. There are only two or tree encounters before the climax. There’s no real drama. Griff’s always hiding and has no friend, but the characterization is so shallow. I can’t even feel sorry for him……………………………………..So in the last three chapter , he meets a girl. A girl he really likes and I don’t want to give much away here, but I think any one who wants to read this book should know what kind of pathetic climax it has. The palidins do some bad things to this girl and her family. And tat the end of the book, he doesn’t have a fight, or try to get revenge. He just snaps. He goes crazy………………………………………………………….So the problems with this book. Where do I start? They stated briefly who this society was in the movie. But the book gives you nothing. You don’ have a clue of why they are doing this. Once again it’s a action book with out action. It has no emotion or depth. And it is a really weak back story. Actually there’ a total absence of story. I think Steven Gould hurt the character from the movie by writing this book. Lastly when it begins to get a little entertaining, you begin to get into you find your self on the last page of the book wit a cliff hanger.My rating is one stay only for those who are really really curious and no one else. If you want to know Griffin’s Story, go rent the Jumper DVD. You’ll lean more there than you do in the book. For some who like the original Jumper novel, this truly is a disappointment, but then again. I have seen worse…………………………1/2 smoothie out of fourP.S. I if you like reading then may be you should check out my book website Lelue’s Realm at http://www.freewebs.com/lelue/

  • Glenn Conley
    2019-02-23 23:17

    I didn't read the first Jumper book, because I saw the Jumper movie with that talentless hack Hayden Christensen. A friend of mine recommended this book, and I decided it was worth a try. And it was, indeed.This is the story of Griffin, of course. He's a Jumper. Someone who can teleport anywhere, by just thinking about it. No technological gadget required. Just some natural ability he has.For some reason, this Jumping ability is seen as a threat to National Security. So, there's this secret organization who hunt Jumpers. They're called 'Paladins', for whatever reason. And they're nasty motherfuckers. They kill pretty much anyone who has anything to do with a jumper. They killed Griffin's parents. They killed his friends. And they're threatening to kill his girlfriend.This all started when Griffin was only 10 years old, when they killed his parents. Like he's fucking Spider-Man, or something. So, he jumped away to Mexico, where some nice people found him, and fixed him up. He spent several years in Mexico, living a secret life. Until the Paladins showed up and killed his friends.Griffin spends the rest of the book systematically hunting down the Paladins one by one. He shows up, grabs one of them, jumps them to a cliff, and shoves them off. Then he grabs the next one, and jumps them to fucking France, or some other far away place. Because, he can.The problem with this story is, there's nothing the Paladins can do to capture Griffin. What's the fucking point in chasing him, if there's nothing you can do, once you find him. He's just gonna jump away. So, unless you have something to stop him from jumping, you're wasting your fucking time.The Paladins seem to have an ability to sense when Griffin is jumping, which is how they end up finding him over and over. But still... It's pointless to even track him, if there's no way to stop him. This is what made the book kind of pointless to me. It's like trying to stop Superman.Because, even if you capture Griffin, he's just going to jump away, immediately. There's nothing the Paladins can do, save shooting him in the fucking face. But they never get that chance, because Griffin is there one moment, and gone the next.So the problem is, there's no real conflict. Because you know that Griffin is going to win. He's always going to get away. So I'm not sitting on the edge of my seat wondering, oh my God, they're going to catch him! What happens if they catch him? Holy shit, they might torture him and shit. Cool.There's none of that wondering, because he's just going to jump away. There's just no suspense at all. The ending is pretty goddamn simple. In fact, the last sentence of the novel is 'I jumped'.

  • Danielle
    2019-03-11 18:24

    Read this review and more on my blog.Jumper: Griffin's Story if meant to reconcile the differences in the book, Jumper, with the movie adaptation. It explains how Griffin became the seemly uncaring person he is portrayed as in the movie.Griffin doesn't have the best start to life, he first accidentally 'jumps' when he is 5 and his parents have kept him on the run ever since. They home-schooled him, so he is very bright, and does karate.Griffin has to struggle through his adolescent life without his parents, but he does find family in people that you wouldn't expect. He has to suppress his ability to 'jump' as the Padalin's have individuals who can sense when he 'jumps' within a 1-5 mile radius of where they are.Jumper: Griffin's Story is extremely action packed, with hardly a page without any excitement happening. I unfortunately did keep forgetting throughout the book that Griffin is quite young (he is 9 when the book starts) as heaps of events occur that he reacts to in an adult way. This may be from his homeschooling, but it wasn't entirely convincing.I enjoyed Jumper: Griffin's Story very much. It helped me get a better understanding of the movie, which i also thoroughly enjoyed, as-well as explaining that 'Jumpers' have been hunted for a long time.I would definitely recommend Jumper: Griffin's Story for anyone to read!

  • Don
    2019-03-16 00:06

    Fun book. I was tempted to turn my back on this since it altered the world of Jumper & Reflex to match the movie, but figured - rightly - that SJG would make it a fun story no matter what. Which he did.There's a little been of a feel of been-there from Jumper, what with Griffin in this story also making his own little secret getaway spot, but it elaborates on it somewhat. Some interesting tidbits and elaborations are in there that I can only assume people pointed out to SJG after Jumper.The biggest problem with this book is the choice of title; I didn't pay it any attention for the longest time since I assumed it was either a novelization of the movie or a rejiggering of the original novel.

  • Jack
    2019-03-13 17:20

    An odd extension of the theme of Jumper and Reflex; this one is also about a troubled kid who can teleport and gets into lots of trouble, but it's not set in the same fictional world as the other two. Apparently they've been working to make Jumper into a movie, and made so many changes that Gould decided to write a new novel that fits the movie framework better.

  • Brandon
    2019-03-13 18:10

    Jumper: Griffin’s Story takes the topic of teleportation, which has potential as a science fiction story, and creates a repetitive plot that can become predictable and boring at points.The story starts off very promising with a relatable character named Griffin O’Conner, or Griff, for short. With this book being recent (2007), I was glad that it included references that were well known, even a decade later. For example, there are mentions of paintball, Gatorade, Safeway, etc. I found these to be somewhat current references that I could relate to, compared with older novels. Within the first chapter, the story explains Griffin’s ability to teleport, or jump (as it is referred to in the novel) anywhere that he has been to before or can clearly remember. There are rules that he has to follow, but after he breaks them and lies to his parents, there are consequences, that leave Griffin changed for life. This action-packed first chapter pulls the reader into the story and makes him/her want to continue reading. I was sucked into the story and breezed through the first few chapters to see what was going to happen. However, while reading these first few chapters, something else confusing happened. The characters began to switch between using English, Spanish, and later French. While I do not think these words or phrases were a major part to story, it definitely did not make the story any easier to understand. Gould does do a good job of occasionally repeating in English what the characters said in a foreign language, which the reader can benefit from.The story continues by Griffin having people help him avoid the people tracking him, but after he gets found the second time by the people following him, the story became slightly less enjoyable. The rest of the book from that point on seemed like a cat and mouse game of people chasing Griff and him trying to evade or trick them, which made me less interested in the novel.Another aspect of the novel that I found a little unbelievable was Griffin’s ability. After experiencing a tragedy in the first chapter, I found it difficult to believe how Griffin is able to create a home in a cave by himself and know how to keep himself alive, even though he is a kid. Also, after that same event at the beginning of the novel, I was surprised at how Griffin is able to handle himself in social situations and eventually make friends.When I finally reached the end of the novel, I realized that Gould made it a cliffhanger that makes it seem like Griffin will continue his jump and evade tactics. This book is a tie-in to a movie that was made and according to online sources, the novel occurs months before the movie does. If this is true, I suggest you jump away to a different theater and skip the movie and book.

  • Art3mis
    2019-03-21 23:24

    *a bit spoilery*This book was shit. I wouldn't say it was boring (hence the 2nd star), but in terms of plot, it was quite poorly written. The main character, Griffin, is not the very rational sort, he seems to realise far too late that his presence puts those he cares for in great danger. In this respect, he is a very selfish and quite stupid character. If I were the main character, I would pick off the 'Paladins' one by one, put them in an exit-less hole full of lighter fluid and light the match. Not to sound too morbid but it is what they deserve and it doesn't seem like it would be too hard to do. Problem solved, and you could have saved countless lives of your loved ones and other children/jumpers. But no, Griffin skirts around them waiting for them to hurt everyone he loves then he kills like one guy (?-by this point I was too furious to read straight). How many deaths does it take you to realise you are putting people in danger by sharing your secrets with them. The enemies are emotionless drones who have no motive whatsoever. I was waiting for their motive to be revealed yet this never occurred, leaving me very much unsatisfied. Who funds them? What threat are the Jumpers to them or society? Are they a global operation? Who knows.The side characters were incredibly forgettable and uninteresting.Due to me reading some great books recently, it leaves me to see a great contrast in quality with this novel. There was nothing special or memorable about it. This novel shouldn't really have been written. It seems like a shameless cash grab to benefit off the film. Why did I read this? Like I mentioned it was slightly enjoyable. I have read books worse than this in which I am either too furious or too bored to read on yet this novel didn't happen to evoke those emotions in me while reading (apart from the end). I did want to read on to find out what would happen and happened to read it in only a couple days (which is very quick for a slow reader like myself). Initially I saw the 3.63 Goodreads rating and brushed it off because I enjoyed the original Jumper series Gould had written, but maybe I should have had more trust in the reviews.

  • Tallyho
    2019-02-23 23:08

    Pleasantly surprised! When I saw it was only 7 hours on audio, I thought it wouldn't have much heft to it. This was well fleshed out, as told from the point of view from a young boy. It's not written like a GRRM book, skipping several years at a time in some points. However, the story is well done, skimming the bits that can't be explained, since the main character just doesn't know the answers. I like the premise, and the characters. The narrator on this, MacLeod Andrews, did an excellent job of creating accents and gender without being patronizing.

  • Mangy Cat
    2019-03-23 19:12

    This is my first experience with the books, as I’d only ever seen the 2008 film. Griffin was my favorite in the film, so this prequel novel was the most enticing.Loved the premise and how the story unfolded. Enjoyable characters with interesting situations. Griffin is a wonderful, likable yet tragic character.Quick read. Very interested in moving on in the series.

  • Lindsay
    2019-02-24 01:22

    A fast, action filled read and an interesting premise. I have seen the movie, Jumper, which was definitely good! But, this short novel of backstory on Griffin was well worth my time. On to Jumper to see if Gould continues the series with flare.

  • Sam
    2019-03-03 22:59

    Opravdu pozoruhodný příběh zajímavé postavy z filmového zpracování této série. Stejně si ale myslím, že svět zpracovaný v původní knižní sérii je přece jen lepší.

  • Al
    2019-03-12 19:06

    Griffin has a secret. It's a secret that he's sworn to his parents to keep, and never tell. Griffin is a Jumper: a person who can teleport to any place he has ever been.  The first time was when he was five, and his parents crossed an ocean to protect the secret. The most important time was when he was nine. That was the day that the men came to his house and murdered his parents. Griffin knows that the men were looking for him, and he must never let them find him.Griffin grows up with only two goals: to survive, and to kill the people who want him dead. And a Jumper bent on revenge is not going to let anything stand in his way.Jumper, based on Steven Gould's earlier novel of the same name, will be a  major motion picture scheduled for release by 20th Century Fox starring Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Doug Limon.  Jumper: Griffin's Story features the character played by Jamie Bell in the film. From Publishers Weekly Fleshing out backstory for the upcoming motion picture Jumper (based on Gould's 1992 debut novel of the same name), this breakneck-paced SF adventure revolves around a character created specifically for the film. Griffin O'Conner, a precocious nine-year-old jumper (a person with the power to self-teleport), becomes the target of a ruthless cabal hell-bent on killing him. After assassins murder his parents in their San Diego home, Griffin barely escapes with his life by jumping to a location hundreds of miles away. But every time Griffin relocates, the mysterious operatives somehow track him down and kill those close to him. As the once naïve Griffin grows older, he learns to use his abilities in ingenious ways and ultimately embarks on a quest to avenge the deaths of his parents and others who died just because they befriended him. While series fans will almost literally be jumping for joy, newcomers may not fully appreciate the saga's thematic scope and history without first reading Jumper and its sequel, Reflex (2004). (Aug.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.Review "The theme of Steven Gould's Jumper is, quite literally, escape. The first half of Jumper has a charm and bounce that carry the reader past the implausibilities inherent in the premise--imagine a Holden Caulfield with the power of life or death over the jerks and phonies." --The New York Times Book Review"Gould proves once again that in the hands of a wonderful, perceptive writer, there is no such thing as an old idea. What sets Jumper apart from other novels that dip back into the well of the masters is that Gould brings his own keen empathy and rigorous intelligence to the story.....This is a book that you won't want to miss.  It reminded me of why I first came to love science fiction, and yet I didn't have to be twelve again to have a great time reading it." --Orson Scott Card

  • Justin
    2019-02-22 01:04

    Great book, love the Jumper series, a few un necessaries, but overall really enjoyed it. The one thing I didn't like is how many people died, usually I'm ok with 1, but this was a little much.

  • Бранимир Събев
    2019-03-14 01:13

    Повечето от вас, предполагам, са гледали едноименния филм с Хейдън Кристенсен, Самюел Джаксън, Майкъл Рукър, Даян Лейн и Кристен Стюарт, чийто постер е на корицата на тази книга. Самата корица е леко подвеждаща, защото вътре не проследяваме историята на Дейвид Райс (изигран от Хейдън), а на човека, който му помагаше и притежаваше същите способности – Грифин О’ Конър (Джейми Бел).Малкият Грифин притежава уникалната способност да скача, или по-просто казано да се телепортира мигновено на всяка една точка на планетата, където си пожелае. За целта е необходимо само да си представи мястото и хоп – вече е там. Открил случайно дарбата си едва петгодишен, той става причината постоянно да се мести с родителите си навсякъде, защото е преследван. Нарушавайки правилата един ден, Грифин избягва от училищен побойник по своя си начин и е засечен от тайно могъщо общество, което преследва хора, притежаващи същата дарба. Същата вечер група такива мъже посещават дома му, убиват майка му и баща му, а деветгодишния Грифин едвам успява да се спаси, агонизирайки полумъртъв в калифорнийската пустиня.Съвсем самичък насред нищото, Грифин трябва да се научи да води един по-особен живот. Живот, в който трябва да внимава постоянно за преследвачите, които могат да го усетят кога и къде скача, притежават много пари, връзки и власт и не притежават скрупули, за да постигнат целите си, които се свеждат до едно – убиване на телепорти. Притиснат от обстоятелствата и от факта, че всеки с когото се сближи рано или късно умира, британецът О’ Конър, макар и безумно млад, ще тренира тялото, сетивата и дабрата си, за да се впусне в едно смъртоносно приключение срещу преследвачите си.Романът е приятен, лек и увлекателен, чете се бързо и притежава известна доза чувство за хумор въпреки черните краски на моменти. Малкият Грифин е интелигентен не за годините си, ала се стреми към чисто детски мечти – да се научи на различни неща, да има близки, приятели, гадже… Хората които убиват мечтите му обаче видимо го карат да се промени и да стане по-коравосърдечен, с черно чувство за хумор, безскрупулен и на моменти дори излишно жесток и садистичен. С други думи, като тях.Но какъв друг избор има?Силно се надявам да филмират и историята на Грифин. Определено е по-силна, по-тежка и по-въздействаща от историята на Дейвид във филма „Телепорт”.

  • Karlo
    2019-03-15 21:01

    This 286 book was a may not have been one of my favourite books, but it did have a good plot. Griffin O' Conner is a young and very 'special' boy, as he has the ability to transport or jump to any location he desires, as long as he remembers the location from his past experiences. Griffin has had villains chasing him around and trying to kill him ever since his first incident when he transported in a very public place, alarming a lot of people. The villains eventually find out Griffin is living San Diego so they decide to murder his parents right in front of his eyes. After that terrifying moment, Griffin teleports to Mexico and is forced to live with a Mexican family that found him next to the border. After living with the family for a long time, Griffin realises the villains are onto his traces they arrive in Mexico. Griffin decides a very safe place to go is England sine he has visited many times in the past. There he must live on is own and must try to make a life for himself. While living there he finds a beautiful girl named EV and they end up forming a relationship. But after Griffin tells EV who he actually is, the villains come after EV's family and they kill her father. After the villains killed Ev's father, they took her family hostage, so it is up to Griffin to uncover the truth about the killers of his parents, and to save EV's family.Author Pete Nelson does a good job of showing how after the years Griffin has lived in England, he has developed into a mature boy, which is something I really liked from Mr. Nelson.This book was not one of my favourites in the end, but it was an easy read. I found it kind of boring and the action in it was not as engaging as the other books I have read. I feel like this book would be a good read for any teenagers who like books about kids with superpowers.

  • Kacey
    2019-03-14 23:22

    Okay, first off; when I started this book, it was under the assumption it was book 3 of the series. When I realize it was in the view of Griffin, a child, I thought maybe it was the offspring of M and D... so when Griffins parents were killed I sat there stunned for a moment, thinking "WTF" because after all those two have been through, that would have been a totally pathetic way to kill them off! So simple! I rationalized the last name difference as a cover up to keep them and their child safe... but then I thought, this is just too different, why wouldn't they have a safe place to jump? Where's the home in the desert that D made? WHY ARE THEY POOR? So I got online and realized it wasn't connected to the other 2 books at all, which disappointed me (though I now see the 3rd to THAT series IS coming out- good!) and that Griffins story was an 'alternate reality' to make more sense of the movie adaptation.Once I continued the story knowing this and making the difference in my head that they were different series, I could enjoy the book for it's own writing. I like Griffin, though I wanted to smack him for being stupid enough to date a girl and give his real name AND to jump all around her home and town. After losing his parents, his 2nd family, having to cut himself off from everyone he cared about and isolating himself, it seemed no time at all before he ran into this girl and very stupidly gets attached and exposes himself, and her family, to the people who have already killed all his other loved ones... even after almost getting knifed in the kidney. This just doesn't seem in line with his previous character, the one who tried so hard and took all those safety measures to keep those he cared about safe. The same 12 year old boy who would leave the safety of family to live in isolation so they wouldn't be targeted.

  • Dominic
    2019-03-13 01:06

    Jumper: Griffin’s StoryBooks like Jumper: Griffin’s Story only come to people a few times in their lives. This book by Steven Gould is a great work of science fiction brought to the public by the good people at Tor Books and published in 2007. This book, though a little old in trends, is a real diamond in the ruff.The book is based on the book Jumper, but other than the abilities of Griffin and some similarities in the villain there are no relations to its predecessor. In a surprising turn of events, Mr. Gould also wrote Jumper the book’s predecessor as well as Wildside, Waves, Reflex, and a few others, including a collection of short stories.Very opposite to Steven Gould’s first Jumper book Griffin is “trained” and taught specific rules and guidelines for his ability. But also contrary to the first book some people know about his ability from thebeginning. Every time he disobeys the rules of his ability he has to move to a new place. He develops friends and life goes on business as usual, apart from the occasional bank robbery or kidnap attempt.This book was the first book I ever read by Steven Gould and when I read it first I was unimpressed. However it seems this book has to be an acquired taste or maybe the reader was just too immature to realize the greatness of this book. This book is largely fast-paced due to the abilities of Griffin. In this book you will love to hate the villain, sympathize, and admire Griffin. I also marveled at how Griffin learned to adapt to his new life.In short I loved this book. Any fan of science fiction or just in search of a good story will love it too. You will not find some subliminal message or some point the author was trying to get across, but undoubtedly someone will interpret it as that. It does not seem that the author was trying to communicate anything but a good story.

  • Nate
    2019-03-18 17:13

    This boook is more of a parralell universe to the original book series. The mechanics of jumping are different, and the first sseries mad eit abundantly clear that Davy was the only/first jumper to exist in his story. In the original story Davy created a sort of Quantum door between two places and then pulled reality around him. test were done on dave in reflex and is was shown that he released no radiation while jumping. Davy couldn't take anything with him on a jump that he couldn't pick up, or wouldn't flow through the doorway on its own, i.e. Air pressure, water, sand. Davy in fact could not jump at all if he was attached to something he could not move. Griffin's jumps follow a more wormhole style of movement in which things around him can be pulled through whether he is carying them or they are just nearby, i.e. chunks of a ceramic toilet and nearby plant debris. The Paladins were created in the movie and they were a bad idea. While it is not impossile it is far too much of an immersion breaking stretch to believe in them. Gould should have told David Goyer to screw off and stuck to his own previous continuity and physics rather than breaking his own established rules in order to maintain movie continuity, he should not have changed jump physics and he should have stuck with corrupt black-ops contractors as antagonists. On the positive side, Griffin is an easily relatable character who you really want to succeed, and he deserved his own story. Gould's decent writing pull this story through in spite of its flaws.

  • Mical
    2019-03-06 19:12

    Jumper: Griffin's Story follows the canon set by the movie 'Jumper', rather than the book the movie was adapted from. That being said, it was a very decent read and I went through the story in a single sitting, staying up late to finish the book when I should have been sleeping. The author, Steven Gould, does a fair job of introducing and fleshing out the Griffin character in this backstory; leading us through his formative years and detailing the earliest tragedies that led to his guerilla war with the so-called "Paladins" who relentlessly hunt and kill Jumpers (and anyone else who gets in their way. Or maybe even looks like they're thinking about possibly getting in the way at some unspecified future point.)The author really brings home the heinousness of the Paladins' methods and even draws the reader into somewhat agreeing with (or at least understanding) Griffin's extreme responses. A good read, even if it doesn't follow the original story world of the first Jumper novel, I'd reccomend it if you enjoyed the movie and were curious as to how Griffin become the angry, sullen jumper he turned out to be. The only thing I would have liked would be to have learned what happened AFTER David left him in the powerlines in the movies...perhaps Mr. Gould will be kind enough to elaborate on that another time.

  • John Loyd
    2019-03-10 00:13

    Jumper: Griffin's Story (2007) 282 pages by Steven Gould.I read one chapter Monday night and then read the rest of the book straight through last night. I couldn't put it down. The story starts with Griffin as a nine year old boy in San Diego. He and his father drive out into the desert and Griffin practices his jumping, both with paintball guns. There are rules [for his safety] to never jump when someone is around, never jump to or from the same place, and only if he has permission. Originally from England, his family has moved over and over again since Griffin first jumped at the age of five. He is home schooled, but so he isn't totally isolated he is allowed to take a karate class. On the way home he is cornered by a bully from the class and ends up jumping. He contemplates telling his parents, but he really doesn't want to move again. Later a group comes to his house looking for him, and, well, bad things happen. Griffin escapes, but he is injured and found in the desert by Sam and Consuela. Even though the story covers seven or eight years of his life, the story never lags. Griffin makes several friends, but usually has to leave them behind when the people that are trying to kill him catch up to him. One of the characteristics of all of Gould's protagonists seems to be an incredible preparedness. This was a fantastic story, very riveting.

  • Willa
    2019-03-20 01:25

    I read the original "Jumper" a long time ago, and only recently discovered that there was a sequel (Reflex), and this book, Griffin's Story, which is the movie tie-in. I didn't see the movie, but I loved Jumper when I read it, so I checked this out of the library. I enjoyed it a lot. I was very drawn in to Griffin's story, and like another reviewer, liked the fact that when characters spoke a different language (albeit briefly), sometimes Griffin translated the words, and sometimes he didn't. I thought that lent an air of authenticity to the foreign lands he traveled through. The one problem I had with the book was that I felt Griffin was written as much older than he was supposed to be in the book. The story is told in first person, and Griffin is 9 at the beginning of the book. He had been homeschooled by educated parents, so I'm sure he would have been a bit more educated and well-read than the average 9 year old, but if I hadn't been given his age at the beginning I would have assumed him to be around 15, maybe. People he met were always being surprised by his young age, but I just thought it would have made more sense if he had started out as, say 12, instead of 9. Small point, though. The book was great.

  • Ian
    2019-03-13 20:15

    This book is probably best seen as a companion to the Jumper movie, and anyone who found that movie enjoyable will probably find something to enjoy in Griffin's Story.Griffin's character certainly takes on a much more developed and intricate background than even the movie's main character, David Rice. In fact, that's what really pulled me into the story more than anything else. I get the feeling that Gould was eager to explore the world he was given from the movie and set out to see just exactly how varied and diverse he could get with setting up Griffin's background.The narration in the audio version is performed well, but the actor's version of different accents seemed too transparent for my tastes. I think what really nagged at me throughout was that the character's inner monologue was spoken in a solid American English accent, yet his voice wasn't.Minor criticisms aside, I was hoping to get more after I finished up the book. It'll be interesting to see if Steven Gould can bring in more new and original story lines to the Jumper universe; I'll be keeping an eye out for them if he does!

  • Cathrine Bonham
    2019-02-26 01:09

    I want to call Mr. Gould a sell out and be mad at him for changing the rules of Jumping but the sad truth is that this was a really good story. If you loved the Original Jumper then this book fall under the list of: books that you may also like. This book was written to follow the rules as set forth in the motion picture "Jumper" but it won't make you like the movie any better. Because now not only does the movie screw up Davey's story it also does not provied nerely enough Griffin. Griffin is your average nine year old kid. well except for the fact that he can JUMP (the one nitpick I have about Mr. Gould's writing is that if you are using the Verb Jump as a Synonym for Teleport Do Not use it normally as well or the reader will think someone teleported).Oh yea there is also this secret organization that wants him dead. After Griffin's parents are murdered by these creeps Griffin strikes out on his own. At first he just wants to be left alone but as the story progresses it becomes more about payback.Griffin's Story is very much like Davy's but I found them different enough that it wasn't like a complete rip off of the earlier book.

  • Paul
    2019-03-08 22:23

    In Jumper: Griffin's Story, Gould has made an excellent return to quality, after a distinct drop-off seen in his first Jumper sequel, Reflex. While I found that book poorly done, this one is far better. Perhaps Gould can simply better identify with male characters?A note at the beginning of this book indicates that it's based in the world of the (rather poor) movie Jumper, not the book. The difference is that in the original Jumper, there were no other teleporters, nor anyone else with special abilities. In the movie, the paladins are introduced, and they can track jumpers (and kill them). While the paladins are never really explained, this change works fine, and provides for good tension with the protagonist, Griffin. In many ways, this book is more of a re-telling of the original Jumper than anything else. When we meet him, Griffin has already had his power for some time, but he's still honing it, and he's still young. We see him grow up, and grow in to his power, as we did with Davey. Still, despite the similarities to the original, it's again a fun ride.

  • J.
    2019-03-21 22:03

    Solid 3.5This book was just as entertaining as the first two Jumper books. I like that Steven Gould added to the Jumper universe created by the movie's director, even though I liked Mr. Gould's universe better.I do get annoyed by some of the bleeding heart liberal themes and I could tell by all the illegals this book was going to hold the course. Also, the heroes and heroins of his stories are always overly pacifist. That "violence is not the answer" crap doesn't work in the real world and it certainly doesn't fit the Griffin character that fed people to sharks in the movie. His characters need to heed the advice of one Malcolm Reynolds:"If someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill them right back."I'll also say that Mr. Gould probably needs to get laid so that his books won't read like a 14 year old's wet dream.(view spoiler)[Griffin's girlfriend: "Now you go boom"... It was sweet of him to love her despite her mild retardation. (hide spoiler)]

  • Yuvi Pradhan
    2019-03-15 18:17

    1. What was interesting about this book? This book intrigued me as it shows how a boy has to survive on his own from the age of 9. What really fascinates me is the fact that this boy can teleport himself to anywhere at anytime with just one 'jump'. He is being followed by people, and he is on the run. People often think about how their life would be different if they could teleport, and this story shows just that.2. What did you like about this book? I loved how this book had a handful of suspenses and i just love the thought of having to teleport. I loved how the boy is on the run,and how his life is in danger and of course, the best part is when he gets back at them and takes revenge. His two main objectives: to survive, and to kill the people that want him dead.3. Would you recommend this book to others? Yes i would, especially to those who like the sci-fi type of genres, because if you do, you wont stop flipping pages. Reading this book is like being on an adventure, a great one.