Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Shelf: Jump (Twinmaker #1) by Sean Williams

Clair lives in a world revolutionised by d-mat, a global teleport system that allows people to transport themselves instantaneously around the world. When a coded note promises improvement – the chance to change your body any way you want, making it stronger, taller, more beautiful – Clair thinks it’s too good to be true, but her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try.

What starts as Libby’s dream turns into Clair’s nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious online friend called Q, Clair’s attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.

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Sean Williams’s debut novel Jump is a thrilling sci-fi read that will take readers on a unexpected journey from beginning to end!

Jump: Twinmaker was a really unexpected read for me. Despite featuring a promising sci-fi based storyline I still wasn’t completely sure what I would discover within its pages. Admittedly at times the intricate storyline and complexity of the science behind the d-mats and exactly what they do became too much for me, especially in the beginning. It took me a long time to find my place within this story but in the end I admittedly did get caught up in the high-stakes thrill of the plotline and characters for the majority of the book.

Jump starts off slowly; introducing us to our main character and a society where every thing is literally up in the "Air". In a world where everyone is online and connected; everyone knows where everyone is and the ability to ‘jump" via d-mat from one place to another in a matter of seconds allows opportunities like never before.

Debut novelist Sean Williams’s world is evidently well thought out and well rounded. He’s obviously thought long and hard about its workings and throughout Jump explores its ramifications; the pros and cons though two different base groups….those that use d-mat and function with it and the "Stainers", those who abstain from using d-mat and instead live a very normal life.

I really liked the individuals we met throughout Jump. Our protagonist Clair is quite easy to follow and despite a few choice decisions she makes in the beginning of the story, I couldn’t help but really vye for her. She’s faced with some real startling discoveries about her would and must quickly adapt if she wants to survive. Williams writes her well, as well as the other characters that feature throughout the story.

Jump showcases plenty of action and adventure as well as the perfect blend of romance and friendship. As the reader, you’ll be following along, trying to determine who is friend or foe as betrayals and unexpected plot developments force the heroine to make some brave, and tough, choices.

Sporting a shocking and crazy thrilling ending, Jump: Twinmaker is a perfect story for fans of Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan and Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and will have you very excited for the next instalment in what looks to be a very promising trilogy.

Source: Sent for review by Allen & Unwin (Thank you Lara!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Perfect for fans of Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan and Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Cover: I think it's STUNNING and very cool
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes, I would like to read more :)


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