I kind of did this backwards to the way I usually do things.  Usually I read a book first, and if they later make it into a movie I’ll go see it.  This time I saw a relatively old movie (2008), and discovered that it was from an even older book (1992!!!) by an author I’d never heard of.  So, I read the book.

The book by Steven Gould
The book by Steven Gould

The movie was pretty entertaining, but not a real head scratcher.  It had plenty of action and great special effects tied to a  thin plot.  It reminded me alot of the film “Abduction” starring Taylor Lautner.  Both are really fun movies if you’re just looking to be entertained for awhile.

The movie version
The movie version

The book was a bit different – not so fast paced, dialogue a little clumsy to read in the beginning, and had some big plot changes from the movie. Major among these differences was the movie’s introduction of a group of religious fanatics called “Paladins” who try to roundup and kill the jumpers.  This isn’t in the book. Hollywood always has to add splashy adversaries.  [SIDE NOTE: A “Paladin” by the way was a warrior whose job was to rid the world of Evil during Charlemagne’s time. Their motto was  Paladins fear nothing, for Evil fears them.  Kind of like Chuck Norris.]

In the book, David’s father beats him and the first time he jumps it is to escape from his father and he lands in the public library.  A GOOD PLACE FOR SANTUARY IN MY OPINION.  In the movie, however David’s father doesn’t abuse him, and the first time he jumps it is because he was trying to impress a girl and fell beneath a frozen pond.  To escape drowning he jumps into the library, but he brings a bunch of water and ice back with him and destroys the place.  We library employees kind of frown on that .

Steven Gould wrote a sequel to JUMPER called REFLEX  in 2004 which continues David’s story as an adult.

Book 2 of 4
Book 2 of 4

and another book called IMPULSE in 2013 which tells the story of David’s daughter, Cent.

Book 3 of 4
Book 3 of 4

There is supposed to be a third novel called EXO coming out.  See info on Steven Gould’s Blog herehttp://eatourbrains.com/steve/?p=885

In 2008, right after the movie came out, he “collaborated” on JUMPER: GRIFFIN’S STORY which was supposed to be a prequel to David’s story following a character that was in the movie named Griffin.

The Prequel that meshes the book with the movie
The Prequel that meshes the book with the movie

Griffin was not even in the original book – which I guess is why this prequel was written to tie up the discrepancies between the book and the movie.

There is also a JUMPER video game out about this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVOq09WBBjM

I hope you give this author a chance…he’s been hanging out there for awhile. He could be like, you know, your DAD.

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