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Impulse

af Steven Gould

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Cent, the daughter of a man brutally pursued by the government and other dangerous adversaries for his ability to teleport, triggers an avalanche while illegally snowboarding and discovers her own teleporting abilities.
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Read this book as part of a series. Sci-fi action stuff. Not terribly deep but in this time of Covid spikes and Holiday and post election stress it was quite enjoyable. I liked the characters and the idea of this ability (teleportation) is fun. Recommend the series for some light exciting reading. ( )
  jldarden | Dec 8, 2020 |
Impulse Stephen Gould, January 2013 Sci-Fi 5/5

Impulse is a continuation of the story of David Rice in Jumper. In this novel, the story focuses on Cent, his daughter. She has been homeschooled and wishes to go to a public high school to graduate. She takes on the local bullies and gets targeted by the same shadowy group that has been targeting her parents for years.

Cent is a straightforward character, as are her parents. There isn’t a lot of development. This is very much a plot-driven story. The story takes place in a small town near the Four Corners region in western America.

I reread this book regularly. I like the simplistic style and fast-paced plot. The good guys always win. The bad guys always get their comeuppance. I can read it in a few hours. It’s a lot of fun.

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1 stem Vokram | Mar 21, 2020 |
The was a fun novel that continues the story line that was begun in Reflex. This one was a much more seeming YA read rather than the previous two which, IMHO, were both adult novels though this did not lessen the enjoyment that I got from this. This is (mostly) the story of Davy and Millie's child (named Cent, short for Millicent)and her entry into the real world after being kept apart in hiding by her parents for her life up to the story told in this book. We see her develop and enhance the teleportation talent bequeathed by her parents as she deals with teenage problems from her entry into high school.

4 Stars for a fun read. ( )
  ConalO | Apr 23, 2018 |
Plot: 3 stars
Characters: 3 1/2 stars
Style: 3 stars
Pace: 3 stars

Since this fit more with the trends of modern YA, at least from the blurb, I gave it a try.

Still not impressed. Not bothering with the others. Yes, I know I skipped one. I figured if I'd like any of the series, it'd be this one. ( )
  Jami_Leigh | Jun 22, 2014 |
Originally posted at FanLit
http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/impulse/


Impulse is the third book in Steven Gould??s JUMPER series. The first book, Jumper, which was more thriller than science fiction, told the story of Davy, a teenager who discovered that he could teleport. He used his ability to fight the terrorists who caused him some personal pain. In the second book, Reflex, Davy is captured by people who want to use his power for their own purposes and Davyƒ??s wife Millie sets out to find him. Both Jumper and Reflex were exciting stories.

Many years have passed and now Davy and Millie have a teenage daughter named Cent (short for Millicent) who has just learned that she can jump, too. Davy is still paranoid because of the kidnapping ordeal he experienced so the family lives in a remote cabin in the Yukon, jumping in and out to travel the world and do humanitarian work. Cent, a very bright girl, is home-schooled, but despite her excellent education and her ability to instantly travel anywhere in the world to see, do, buy, and eat cool new things and meet cool new people, she decides that whatƒ??s missing in her life is the experience of small-town American high school. So she talks her parents into taking on new identities, buying a house in the states and sending her to high school. She tests out of her grade, but decides not to skip ahead so she can be with kids her age.

Thus starts a typical high school drama that includes all the stuff you normally find in these types of storiesƒ?? plus teleporting. So, we have:

ƒ?? a protagonist whoƒ??s smarter than everyone else
ƒ?? who enters a new school in the middle of the term
ƒ?? where she learns on the first day that the lunch room is divided into cliques ƒ?? the football team, the fundamentalists, the nerds, the geeks, the gangstas, the wangstas, etc
ƒ?? so she ends up sitting with two unpopular nerdy girls who love anime and quote literature
ƒ?? one of whom is the requisite Goth girl
ƒ?? and she has a horrible first day in gym class when the bitchy queen bee tortures her in the locker room, in the gym, and in the shower afterwards
ƒ?? and thereƒ??s a nasty assistant principal whoƒ??s got it in for homeschooled students
ƒ?? and one really cool teacher
ƒ?? and thereƒ??s a boy she has a crush on
ƒ?? and soon she and her friends are being threatened by bullies and they must figure out how to outwit them

Much of this was so hackneyed, though there were some bright spots such as the focus on snowboarding (instead of football or basketball).

But thatƒ??s not the only reason I didnƒ??t like Impulse. Another problem is that Cent and her family are essentially the ƒ??Sueƒ? family. Theyƒ??re annoyingly noble, intelligent, educated, mature, and sophisticated, and the way they are portrayed compared to every other character just makes the whole thing feel smugly superior. There are so many examples of this ƒ?? Davey and Cent using everyday opportunities to calculate physics and math problems in their heads, their realtor being ignorant of African geography, the small town vandalizing electric cars because of their gas and oil industry, Cent being teased for doing her homework correctly and not procrastinating, Cent and Millie quoting Shakespeare in their conversations, Millie quoting FERPA to the high school secretary and getting mad at a PTA meeting because they want to raise money for the football team instead of academics, Cent blowing away the placement exams despite being home-schooled, Cent eating foreign food with chopsticks at lunch and, of course, the whole family spending their free time jumping around the world on humanitarian missions. A few of these things would have been fine and fun (the humanitarian missions were cool), but it all added up to be just too much superior urbanity at the expense of the crude small-town hicks.

For such intelligent and rational people, though, I couldnƒ??t figure out why they kept nearly giving themselves away after taking such pains to hide their ability to jump. They donƒ??t actually live in the house, Millie jumps to PTA meetings, and Cent jumps out at lunchtime to get hot foreign food to eat.

Except for the normal teenage high school drama, not much happens until the end of the book when Cent begins to uncover some nasty goings on when dealing with the bullies. The action picks up when she begins using her jumping power to try to set things right and the story gets pretty tense. It was too little too late for me, though.

Impulse is published by Tor (not Tor Teen) but the promotional materials indicate that itƒ??s for a teen and adult audience. Some parents might like to know that thereƒ??s a lot of foul language, but thatƒ??s not what bothered me. Maybe Iƒ??m a prude, but I didnƒ??t think it was suitable for Millie to be recommending condoms for Centƒ??s first date. Worse, though, was the description of sex that was, as Cent euphemistically put it, ƒ??outside the normative range.ƒ? I canƒ??t be more specific without spoiling the plot, so if you want more details, read this spoiler: videotapes showing a teenage girl giving oral sex to an older man, a teenage girl having sex with eight guys, and dildos being used on teenage boys. To be fair, I should mention that Impulse gets mostly high marks from reviewers at GoodReads and Amazon. At the time Iƒ??m writing this, mine is a minority opinion.

I listened to the audio version of Impulse which was produced by Brilliance Audio and read by Emily Rankin. Ms. Rankin gave a really nice reading. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
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