Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy
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. (Goodreads)
What an absolute gem of a story. I didn’t realize this was part of the series from the movie Jumper, but the synopsis looked super interesting and I’m so glad I got a chance to read this story. I will be going back to read the first two books. How wonderful that there is a book out for young adults, kids and adults who enjoy this genre that shows compassion and common sense.
I liked the book from the beginning; the writing has a nice easy to follow flow. I enjoyed when Millie (mom) told Cent she had pictures of Tom Cruise. But it was pre-Scientology, Risky Business Tom Cruise and was a great reference. It was wonderful how the author describes homeschooling and how Millie and Davy make everything a learning experience, for example.
“We’re going to the coffee shop to do homework.”
“First person plural. Who makes up the plurality?”
What a fabulous conversation.
So, I’m really enjoying the story and how Cent is experiencing public school and hanging out with her peers. She is included in helping with her parents’ projects. What made me fall in love with this book was the young person (Cent) in this story wasn’t a selfish, immature, spoiled brat. She knew how much she had. Cent, thinking to herself,
“I winced. It made my troubles seem petty.”
Thank God a book with a character that has some insight into the world at large and not just themselves.
Another favorite quote:
“We can always find someone who is behaving worse than we are. Doesn’t excuse our own behavior.”
Seriously how true is that! The really great part about that sentence is that it’s two adults talking to each other. Last, but certainly not least, a comfort food of Oxtail soup and gnocchi, perfect together. I hope it has people trying this delicious combination of comfort food.
I highly recommend this book for 13 years up to adults. This would be a great story to read with your child as a buddy read. Or anyone who enjoys this genre. It has excellent writing, story, and concepts.