Jumper: Griffins Story by Steven Gould


Jumper: Griffin's Story

Plot: Our first introduction to our main character, Griffin, is when he is ten years old. We come to find that Griffin can jump, or teleport himself anyway in the world, assuming he has already seen it and remembers it clearly. As Griffin and his father fire paintball guns at each other in the desert, Griffin practices jumping. As they play, Griffins father reminds him of four rules: Never jump in front of anyone. Never jump to the same place twice. Never jump unless instructed to do so by his parents. Never jump near home.

Well, as you can probably imagine, Griffin breaks one of those rules, by accident. Late at night in the dojo he goes to, a bully attempts to punch him, frightened he jumps, leaving the bully completely confused. He thinks it will be all right not to tell his parents, because he does not want to get in trouble. Through the day, his conscious makes him feel guiltier, by the time he decides to tell his parents, it is too late. Several people come to their home and ask for Griffin, his parents deny them entrance, but the bad people shoot them for their efforts. Grief-stricken and frightened, Griffin shoots the people with paintballs before jumping away to the desert where he and his dad had been earlier.

Two Mexican people find him later in the day, and they care for him until he is better from the wounds he received. Deciding these people were trustworthy, Griffin tells them of his jumping abilities, they then resolve to protect Griffin and let him live with their niece away from them. He changes his name and gets a dark tan, and learns Spanish fluently enough to help the niece at her work.

Good times never last for Griffin, his enemies discover his presence, and this time, a few months following his escape, the bad people murder his two Mexican friends. Feeling guilty over the death of his friends, Griffin takes the niece and jumps her to his underground home, only accessible by jumping. He then gives her fifty-thousand dollars to help her start again in Paris. (All the money he gave her, he stole) Griffin then goes traveling, being more careful than ever to avoid the people attempting to kill him. With all this tragedy, being unable to stay at one place for long, and never ending attempts on your life, what would you do?

Positive: The author’s style of writing was very engaging, I had my nose in the book until the end, excited to learn more. The author did a great job at letting us into the main character’s mind and feeling for him when things went horribly wrong. The storyline is very catching and it never slows. We like our hero’s character, until the part where he sleeps with a girl, that I did not care for, but overall he was a likeable character.

Negative: There is lots of swearing, our main character and his friends enjoy using those four letter words whenever something goes wrong. Our main character steals money. That and several sex scenes do not help this book. (I ended up skipping over the paragraphs with that in it.) A little torture at the end, our main character wants something from one of the bad people and so zaps him with this electric thing, and kicks him in the groin. I will say this for our main character’s actions at the end; he has been through a lot, though that does not excuse him. Before his eyes, Griffin’s parents are murdered, he is hunted without relief, and two of his friends are killed because of him. The final straw comes when he is estranged from three other good friends because of the Paladins. (Paladins are the bad people; we find this out in the end)

Overall: I enjoyed the fast moving pace of the story, but as tragic as it was, and all the objectionable content, I could not read it again if I wanted to. I do not recommend this book unless you like the jumper books; there are three. I read the third because I won it at the library for reading many books. I do not plan to read the others.

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4 thoughts on “Jumper: Griffins Story by Steven Gould

  1. I read a short story similar to this years ago. The concept was similar and it sounds as if it could be the inspiration for this book you have here. The story I read had about the same content and in that story it was called “jaunting.”

    The idea is great fun and ever since I read the story there were times that I wanted to be able to jaunt as well. Shame they have to ruin such great ideas with vile content.

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