In Clair’s world, the primary mode of travel is teleportation. AI’s copy a person’s pattern and deliver it perfectly to their destination in less than a minute. The whole world can be travelled in mere hours, and people who live on opposite sides of the globe can attend the same schools. But what would happen if someone altered a person’s pattern before it arrived? What if you could change a person’s appearance? What if you could make someone perfectly beautiful? When a meme claiming this very thing to be possible goes viral, Clair is sceptical, but on closer examination she discovers something a lot more sinister behind the pretty promise.
With a title and premise not that dissimilar from the movie by the same name, Jump immerses you in a world of impossible imaginations: simply walking into a closet-like booth in downtown Atlanta, Georgia can almost instantaneously transport you to Paris, France. Microwave-esque machines create whatever you ask for in a matter of seconds. I was hooked. This futuristic universe is one many people only dream of, and the author captures it with an amazing sense of realism. The characters were interesting and thought-provoking, and I found some of the inner monologue to be surprisingly meaningful. Not what I’m always used to in Sci-Fi/Dystopian fiction. It also address the concept of who we are at the heart, at soul level. We are more than just what we appear to be on the outside, promoting the challenge to look deeply inside a person rather than judging their exterior. It was interesting, fun, and exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Initially, I found the story a little difficult to get into because instead of describing everything new, you watched the lives of the characters until you caught on to what they were doing, and what all these inventions did (d-mat, bump, etc.). Which is brilliant. I hate getting bogged down on a novel-length exposition on how every new gadget works. But having said that, a little more expounding would not have gone astray. It does contain a love story, however there was no real complicated love triangle, for which I was profoundly grateful. There are a handful of kisses, and a scattering of mild cuss words, but besides those points the book is mostly clean. Providing you call a bit of gun-happy violence clean.
All in all, it was a book well worth my time reading. I received it for my birthday last year, and it’s taken me another twelve months to finally sit down to read it, and now I’m sorry it took me so long. Generally I’m cautious about acquiring a book I haven’t read yet, but I am quite happy to have this one sitting on my shelf. I’ll be back before too long to review the next volume in the Twinmaker trilogy.
Published on 8 March, 2015. Last updated on