Jump is an interesting and unique book, written by Sean Williams.
In the future, technology has the ability to transport you anywhere in the world instantly. When a note is found claiming that you can change your body – to become taller, stronger or more beautiful – is it too good to be true? Clair thinks it’s all just a prank and that Improvement can’t be anything more than a myth. But Clair’s best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try. She’s willing to do anything to become a prettier, improved version of herself.
However, what started as Libby’s dream quickly turns into Clair’s nightmare. Clair sees that Libby has fallen into a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious and clever stranger called Q, Clair attempts to protect Libby but instead finds herself in the unimaginable world of conspiracies and lies. Soon Clair’s own life is at risk and she becomes trapped in a game of cat and mouse that has her being chased across the world in a desperate race against time.
I think I started reading this book with my expectations set too high. I had wanted to read this book for ages, ever since it first came out. From the blurb, the plot seemed like it would be really interesting and I usually enjoy reading books set in the future. This book mainly revolves around the moral and ethical debate of using technology, in particular, teleportation. I really liked this aspect of the book and I found myself caught up in trying to choose which side of the debate I’d be on. However, I soon found out that practically the whole book is about this one issue. In my opinion, there was too much action and not enough suspense.
This book was incredibly fast-paced, but unfortunately it just wasn’t intriguing enough. Sure, a lot of things were going on and the action scenes were well written. But did I feel emotionally invested in the book or the characters? Sadly, I didn’t. I found my mind wondering off topic when I was reading simply because I didn’t care about the characters. There was also the constant temptation to put down the book. I didn’t however, in the vain, stupid, reckless hope that things would get more interesting as the book progressed. This book wasn’t dull, but it wasn’t overly interesting either. There were a few interesting points in this book, I just wasn’t connected enough to it. I felt disconnected from the storyline and the characters, which meant it wasn’t really an enjoyable reading experience for me.
The main thing I liked about this book was the idea of it. The idea of having these teleportation-type machines positioned all around the world and being able to “jump” to certain places was really cool. The way the future was written was also really well done. There were so many new gadgets and new technology and it was interesting to learn about these new things and how they worked. It was interesting to see not only how these things could benefit people, but also how they could potentially put them in danger. People could be transported anywhere in the world. Food could be created with the push of a button. No one had to work anymore because everything is so readily available from machines. But there are some people who believe that technology is evil, and these people are called “Stainers”, or Abstainers. I liked seeing the discussions between the people who disagreed with the use of technology and those who used it on a daily basis. But then again, I felt as though all this had nothing to do with Libby and the Improvement or anything. The idea of the Improvement started off really grabbing. The whole first fifty pages or so of this book was completely enthralling. But then I felt as though the story kind of went off the original plot line. I felt like the rest of the book strayed too far from the original idea. Too many things were going on and I felt like not enough things were being solved. As I said before, this book was all action and I didn’t feel as though I got enough story or suspense.
I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters in this book at all. I would have loved to feel more connected to them because then I would actually care about their fate. But when bad things happened to them, I barely blinked an eye. I found that the further into the book I got, the less I cared about what happened to the characters. Even the main character wasn’t all that intriguing. I didn’t really feel her motivation and I didn’t fully understand what drove her to do the things she did. Obviously she wanted to survive, but why? I wanted to know more about her and I just didn’t see much of a development in her character at all.
Overall, I liked some aspects of this book, but I didn’t like the overall book much. It was interesting in parts, but dull in others. I would have liked to feel more connected to the characters and more involved in the storyline, but this book had too much action and not enough of it was to do with the original plot. I’d give Jump by Sean Williams a score of 5 out of 10. If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thank you to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!