Jump by Sean Williams
Allen & Unwin, 2013. ISBN 9781743315866.
Clair lives in a world revolutionised by d-mat, a global teleport system that allows people to transport themselves instantaneously around the world. 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.
Clair's world is amazing; technology has completely revolutionised the planet. By using d-mat you can travel around the world in a heartbeat. Only Abstainers don't use it. They distrust and disbelieve that any good will come from using it but, no one listens to them as they are perceived as crazy and dangerous by the common people.
Jump didn't really engage me as it might other readers. It felt boring and slow when I like things fast and intense. To thoroughly enjoy this book I had to put myself in someone else's shoes. I then started to really appreciate what Sean has done. The book was engaging and shows a high level of romance. It also shows the difference between the privileged and the poor. I would recommend this book to those who love romance but would like a bit of action in their lives.
Reece Barnett (Yr 9 Student)