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Steven Gould returns to the world of his classic novel Jumper in Impulse.
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.
even scream. I just stood there with my mouth gaping. “Calm down. Come with me.” Mom led me upstairs into their bedroom and then through the door to the upper deck with the outside hot tub. It was twenty degrees outside, but we hadn’t had more snow so the deck was either clear where it had been swept or icy where the snow had packed down to a slippery crust. She went over to the railing and swung open the gate. The gate’s there for the dead of winter, when the accumulated snow has actually
when you were prisoner on Martha’s Vineyard?” “Yes. Like that. Or figuring out that I could fall big distances and jump away without carrying the accumulated momentum with me. Like we just did, actually.” “We didn’t fall, did we? My ears didn’t pop. The altitude can’t be that different.” “In Canada we’re closer to the pole—to the earth’s axis of rotation—so our rotational velocity was less than it is here. I don’t know what it is exactly, but south of the house, at sixty degrees latitude, it’s
semester.” “Didn’t qualify? She wasn’t a good enough boarder?” I carefully didn’t look at Jade when I said that. Jade was okay, but I didn’t picture her as a competitive snowboarder. I didn’t picture myself as a competitive snowboarder. “Academically. She was on probation but she didn’t pull up her grades. Now she’s off.” He turned to Jade. “I know your grades are good enough.” Then he nodded at me. “You’re new so you’re a blank slate. You could make straight F’s this semester and you’d still
certainly don’t see any of Caffeine’s crowd in there.” “Exactly,” said Grant. I liked to play chess. Dad and I used to play all the time, but not in the last few years. “But not just that, right? You aren’t in there just to avoid an overdose of Caffeine?” Dakota snorted. “Ha! Caffeine overdose. Perfect.” Tony smiled. “Well, you know what they say. Too much caffeine gives you the jitters.” Grant smiled, but the smile faded as he said, “Just hope we don’t get one of those caffeine headaches
but halfway through, he grabbed my arm and pulled me off the floor, going toward the bathrooms. “What is it?” I had to shout near his ear to be heard. “Hector and Calvin came in!” I swiveled around, but I couldn’t see them through the dancers. “Calvin? Was he with Hector and Caffeine, when they grabbed Dakota and Tony in front of the coffee shop?” Grant jerked his head in a nod and pulled me around the edge of the raised dining area to the narrow path back to the emergency exit, which did