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Exo: A Jumper Novel [Format Kindle]

Steven Gould

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Award-winning author, Steven Gould, returns to the world of his classic novel Jumper in Exo, the sequel to Impulse, blending the drama of high school with world shattering consequences.

Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be—sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it's hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them. And when you're a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics.

But Cent isn't easily daunted, and neither are Davy and Millie, her parents. She's going to make some changes in the world.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 462 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books; Édition : Reprint (9 septembre 2014)
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20 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 To a creative teleporter, the sky is no longer the limit in ‘Exo’ 9 septembre 2014
Par C. A. Bridges - Publié sur Amazon.com
When you can teleport all over the world in the blink of an eye, where else is there to go but up?

Cent is the teenage daughter of Davy and Millie Rice, two perfectly ordinary people who can teleport to any place they remember or can see clearly. Now that she’s discovered she can jump too, she’s stretching her horizons just a little bit. Her goal?

Well, Low Earth Orbit, to start...

Bad news: she needs a spacesuit to deal with the cold and lack of air at those heights, and those cost NASA tens of million of dollars. Good news: there’s a scientist working on a reusable, adaptable suit that needs only funding and some way for a human to get inside the prototype.

Now all Cent has to do is duplicate NASA’s space program by herself, negotiate with the military that really, really wants to know who’s up there clearing out space junk and deploying satellites by hand, deal with the cheating boyfriend who’s part of her home-made ground crew, and avoid the grasp of the shadowy, powerful organization that wants her entire family under their control or dead.

“Exo” is the fourth book in Gould’s Jumper series and you do not, strictly speaking, have to read the first three to enjoy this one. As Cent deals with a subway groper in her own unique way in the beginning of the book Gould eases you into this world quickly and painlessly. His gift is in writing about extraordinary things in a very ordinary way with humor and matter-of-factness and it’s never been on display so much as here. That said, there’s a lot of history behind the characters’ interactions and relationships, and “Exo” is much more satisfying if you’re reading it as the next chapter in the ongoing story of the Rice family.

While “Exo” still is very much Gould’s style, this time I also got a whiff of the space-station worldbuilding of Allen M. Steele and John Varley, and a strong flavor of the old Heinlein juveniles when Robert A. Heinlein wrote engineers as heroes and orbital mechanics as something integral to the plot. Since all three are favorite authors of mine, this is a Good Thing. Gould manages the trick of including just enough science to make “Exo” fascinating and barely plausible without getting so far into technobabble that I felt lost.

If there are faults in “Exo” they’re in Cent’s almost preternatural intelligence and the way that some of her milestones seemed to come a little too easily, with a slightly tacked-on threat toward the end. But I read it in two big gulps, pulled along by the voices of the characters and the magnitude of what they were attempting, and I closed it wanting to know what would happen next in a very different world. That’s a hint, Mr. Gould.
13 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Exo achieves Orbit, but falls short of Stellar 10 septembre 2014
Par Matthew White - Publié sur Amazon.com
A worthy sequel (end?) to a great series, and a VERY science-y contribution to science fiction. The adventures of Cent et al continue in a creative and entertaining fashion, and the voyages they undertake, both physically and in terms of a coming-of-age story are really fun to observe. If you liked the first three books (especially Impulse, which is the most similar in terms of tone), you're almost guaranteed to like this one.

Reservations/Cons: There were a couple typos(at least in the e-book) which distracted me:spelling cubicle "cubical," or missing the "t" in "@stanford.edu," but overall the quality of writing is excellent. Parts of this book read like chunks of engineering textbooks, but it adds a certain level of realism that is often lacking in fiction that contains science (sorry CSI fans, in real life there isn't a magical machine that tells you everything).
My real issue with this story was that the overarching story arc from the last three books seemed to be resolved only in the last 50 pages or so and was done (SPOILERS) in a manner very similar to the ends of the previous two books. I wish there had been a bit more focus on Davy and his "find THEM" missions, and that he had actually hunted them down with Cent and all her new government buddies rather than just having someone get captured again and using variations on their jumping skills to escape. I was also hoping for Cent using some of her publicity to go to the public and say, "We've been running from these people for 20 years and we know who they are," but that did not happen. One last gripe: the last chapter or so read a bit like an Animal House-style movie epilogue: a "Here's what happened to each of these characters" kind of deal.

All things considered, this book is a great sci-fi/fantasy read as you would expect from Steven Gould. It may fail to reach the emotional highs and lows of Jumper, but it achieves new heights (literally) with some of its newer characters, as well as maintaining Gould's penchant for complex character development (even with minor characters) and scientific accuracy. The book still had a great plot (albeit not precisely the one I was expecting), trademark funny moments, and a can't-stop-page-turner feel that I seldom get from many other recent sci-fi/fantasy releases. I would definitely strongly recommend this to the sci-fi lovers or dilettantes in your life.

P.S. Props to Steven Gould for requesting that e-books be distributed DRM-free. Now I won't have the FBI banging down my door for copying it to my external hard drive. Double props for Cory Matoska and Con-or-bust.org (in acknowledgements).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cent and how you can't ground her 14 septembre 2014
Par H. Bala - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Along with Nina Kiriki Hoffman and Steven Brust, Steven Gould is on my all-time short list of drop-everything-go-read-their-stuff authors. And if Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game and Anne McCaffrey's Dragonsong never existed, Gould's Jumper would be my favorite YA book ever. Exo is the fourth book in the Jumper series - and, no, Griffin's Story doesn't count; it's not canon. Exo is one of those books that I dare not spoil a smidge. It'd be ruinous as hell to even hint at the discoveries you'll come across in the reading of it. I'll say that if you'd read up on Jumper: A Novel, Reflex (Jumper), and Impulse (Jumper), then there's massive gratification in store. Exo charts the ongoing remarkable exploits of Millicent Rice - but we call her "Cent" - the 17-year-old genius girl who inherited her parents' "jumping" knack. As we saw in Impulse, Cent had already one-upped her dad Davy's ingenious applications of teleportation. Here, she continues to push the boundaries of what she can do. In the doing of it, she effects sweeping changes on a global scale. Awesome sauce!

The vibe is very much reminiscent of Robert Heinlein's classic YA sci-fi adventures - Rocket Ship Galileo, Tunnel in the Sky, Have Space Suit - Will Travel - y'know, early Heinlein before he got too freaky. It's a challenge to mine into this particular vibe - the story needs to have that sense of wonder and exploration, hard to achieve in this age where everyone is so eager to show off their edginess and cynicism. Gould also applies hard science into his stories, and the wonder of it is that he makes it read natural (to me, anyway) instead of making you think you'd unfairly gotten plonked in a science class. Off the top of my head, the only other contemporary author to have gotten away with this is John Varley in his Red Thunder series.

I love this book, man. I want to go out with this book, I love it so much. Exo doesn't pander to its YA readers but, rather, expects them to keep up. It dives straight into a passel of ambitious themes - geo- and gender politics, space medicine, going "green" on space junk - but then doesn't neglect the human elements of love and friendship and family and honor. If you go in thinking the story's all about Cent, well, it's mostly about Cent. But Davy and Millie get their moments, as well. And Davy, secretive and paranoid as ever, having lived off the grid for most of his life, hasn't rested on his laurels. But having a fiercely independent daughter who could end each argument by simply vanishing from the room has taught him he has to play along to Cent's whims, instead of obstinately butting heads with her. You shouldn't miss out on this book, son. Old enemies are still around, the persistent shadowy bastiches. But never mind the harrowing close shaves or the crazy orbital escapades, Exo is an intensely human story with a highly spirited and scary intelligent teen heroine. Gould surrounds her with a cast of characters grounded in reality, and every now and then it's a heartbreaking reality. (I love her grandmother!) This anchoring allows you to fully buy into the "what if?" premise and how Gould pushes that premise to its badass, logical extremes. Go, Cent! Go change the world.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 I really wanted to love this book 13 novembre 2014
Par JP - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I really wanted to love this book. I, like most of the reviewers, loved Jumper because we came to understand Davy's vulnerabilities. We got to see his relationship with Millie go through the ups and downs and perhaps most importantly we saw him begin to heal old wounds. In Reflex, we got to see Millie take on challenges like never before. We sat there with Davy as he was brutally pushed to the brink. In Impulse, we got to see the next stage of Davy and Millie's relationship as well as the growth of their daughter, Cent. Suddenly Davy is no longer the protagonist (Cent is) and for that, we went along for the ride. We saw Davy grow up and now we were watching Cent do the same. We went along with it.

Exo is where, to me, it really falls off of the tracks. And I write this with full disclosure that I have only read 3/5ths of the book. I kept putting it down. The fact was that I didn't want to read any more of it. I started to not care about what happened. And that is a shame because this series has such great potential. Like many have said here already, the book is absurdly technical. I tip my hat to Steven Gould for seemingly researching every last molecule of space/high altitude travel and making it seem completely plausible. But this is something that I think has progressively gotten worse with the franchise. It has become technical to the point of seemingly showing off about how technical it is. We want to know some of the science behind it, yes, but at this point in Exo it ceases to lend itself to the story. We want to know how Cent travels at incredibly high speeds in high pressure situations. We don't need to know every last detail of how her helmet fitting was made. To me, it seemed like this was all filler or a stalling maneuver because Gould wasn't sure where to go with the story or what to fill it up with. It just seems off.

Maybe I'll actually finish the book later. But right now I don't really care.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 My school textbooks are more exciting! 3 octobre 2014
Par Tamara - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is the first time I have ever given a book 1 star. The reason: the author clearly ran out of ideas and decided to write a fourth book anyways. In Exo, Cent wants to go to space. First off, this has nothing to do with the whole being persecuted by evil people storyline that the rest of the series deals with. Now, so far this doesn't sound so bad, well let me expand on my description. Cent wants to go to space, so long story short, she builds a spacesuit and goes to space. Thats pretty much the whole story. The author expands on this tiny idea and stretches it into a novel. But the stretch is extremely forced.
In Exo, Gould completely forgets his storyline and makes this book the most boring group of pages deemed a 'novel' I have ever read. Most of the book is just a very complicated, drab and overall makes you want to go to sleep description of the sciency bits of her spacesuit and space station. I mean, when I read a novel to distract myself I don't really want to read about all the technical aspects of different machines to help you survive in space with actual measurements and detailed descriptions of the materials they are made out of. Now, if you absolutely LOVE engineering you might like this, but, if you are an average citizen of the world, I don't think you will. I mean, there were parts where I would have rather be reading my history textbook because i'm sure it would have been more exciting. Also, at the end of the novel, it seems like the author remembered his original storyline in an 'oh snap!' moment and decided to add a tiny, less than 10 page section on the original storyline (Hyacinth, evil people, you get the gist), and, of course in like five pages he writes what I essentially found to be the most exciting part of the story in which (spoiler alert) Cent gets captured, escapes, kills all the evil people and returns triumphantly with her family. Yay! If the author had elaborated more on this and not on the mind-numbing machine descriptions, then the story would have been more enjoyable.
I wish words could accurately explain my disdain for this book ! Nothing irritates me more than an author who forces a sequel just to sell more books. Please, if you are reading this, take my advice and stay away from this book. If you read the last book of the series let your journey through the world of Jumper end there, don't spoil it by reading Exo.
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