Author: Sean Williams
Published: 2013 by Allen & Unwin
Read: October 2013
Category: Fiction, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, YA
Why it made it to the top of the pile: I requested an ARC and the publisher asked (nicely) for a response within 4 weeks, so here it is
Trivia Tidbit: Sean has published some Twinmaker-related short stories in Lightspeed Magazine: 'Face Value' and 'The Missing Metatarsals'.
Full Disclosure: Advance Reading Copy courtesy of the publisher
Libby is as impulsive and adventurous as Clair is cautious and reserved. When Libby stumbles across Improvement - the chance to change your body in any way you want - she is determined to try it despite her best friend's misgivings.
Improvement changes Libby in ways other than appearance, setting Clair on a mission to discover more about the mysterious program. Her questions lead her to Jesse, 'stainer' (teleport abstainer) and class freak, and through him to a community of stainers and onto a collision course with the writers of Improvement code, aided only by Jesse, Libby's boyfriend Zep and a mysterious online friend who introduces herself to Clair only as Q.
Jump is an intelligent future-adventure story with a clever protagonist and a fascinating premise. The first part of a trilogy, Jump leaves the reader curious about what happens next without feeling cheated by the cliffhanger. This is a promising opening, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the next instalment, Crash, takes Clair and her friends.