But Cent isn’t easily daunted, and neither are Davy and Millie, her parents. She’s going to make some changes in the world.
Exo is the fourth book to Steven Gould's Jumper series, but it can also be read as a standalone novel. Which is how read it. But I loved Exo so much that I immediately want to go back and reread the first three so I can experience more of this story. For Exo is science fiction at it's best. The concept is not so completely elaborate that no one knows what to expect. In fact, it's a rather simple idea. But the explanations and treatment of the ability to teleport, or jump, is so believable that you might even forget your reading a work of fiction.
Exo may be over four hundred pages, but it's still incredibly hard to put down. It's the kind of novel that makes you want to call in sick, not get out of bed, and just continue to read until you get to that final page. The plot is exciting and intriguing from the very first page, and will hold on to the attention of the readers the entire way through. I can't think of a single scene that I didn't enjoy.
The characters of Exo are stunning achievements. Plenty of times, in novels, authors that make teenagers intelligent seem to forget that the characters are still, well, teenagers. This isn't the case with Cent. She may be brilliant, and know plenty, but she still reads as an authentic teenager. She has a wonderful voice and it's very easy to connect to her character. Still, I loved the point of views of Davy and Millie as well. There was a large enough difference in the voice to make the multiple perspectives work, and they offered a new insight into the work that was incredibly fun to read.
The best novels are the kinds that can suck you in, and this one definitely does just that. It has such a strong world, even though - thanks to the jumping - the setting changes quite often. Nonetheless, a place where this method of transportation is even possible is created, and it will have readers falling in love. If they haven't already.
Exo is very well-written, and will take readers on quite the jump themselves. It's a wonderful continuation to a series, and I couldn't get enough of it as a novel. A definite must-read.
STEVEN GOULD is the author of Jumper, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, and Jumper: Griffin’s Story, as well as many short stories. He is the recipient of the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. Gould lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon, and their two daughters.