Review: Impulse by Steven Gould

piranha stars turquoise 5“A sci-fi delight.”

About the book:

Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents’ arms. She’s teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she’s never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger.

Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom. That was the first time.

Cover of Steven Gould's Impulse

Review by Katy Haye:

I adore Jumper. It would go with me to that mythical desert island. Impulse, which follows original jumper Davy’s daughter, is another sci-fi delight.

If I’m being completely honest, Impulse doesn’t fit completely within the YA classification since there are POV scenes from Davy and Millie (parents), but it’s still a great read for teens. I’d also say it’s probably best to start reading at the start of the series (Jumper, followed by Reflex – skip the movie tie-in Griffin’s Story; it’s not a patch on the others). Block off a weekend for this – it won’t be wasted!

What Impulse is, is quite simply a fabulous sci-fi read. It’s the kind of science (spontaneous teleportation) where you really wish it existed – and that you could do it (that’s not just me, surely?). This is the kind of universe I want to be a part of, even with the dangers.

I loved Impulse. If you enjoy science fiction at all, you should read this.

Katy Haye is reading her way through the alphabet during 2017. Check in next week for her review of her “J” read. When not reading, she writes speculative fiction for YA readers. Creeping sci-fi mystery, Discord, is now available.

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