Series: Twinmaker, #1
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: November 1, 2013
Genres: Action, Dystopia, YA
Source: For tour
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You can be Improved...
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.
Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for hosting this blog tour.
I see that Jump (or Twinmaker) will have a large range of strong opinions. Strangely, I was not one who had a strong opinion, whether negative or positive. I would be lying to say that this book is completely flawed, but I also would be to say that Jump was perfect.
I really liked the idea of Sean William’s world. Clair lives in a dystopian world that has been revolutionised by the d-mat. A form of transport that can take you anywhere across the world. What I have been having trouble with most dystopians lately is that there is no clear advancement in technology. Jump, gives us more advancements in technology like d-matting which was a completely refreshing idea. The complication that arises in Jump is when d-mat users are promised for Improvement. Something that can change how you look, making you more beautiful. Clair immediately thinks that this is too good to be true and absolutely superficial. Yet her best friend Libby, falls for the new update. And things twist from there on out.
The Improvement is what made me actually want to read on. The Improvement promises to perfect imperfections make you grow taller, stronger and prettier. This Improvement is made for those people who don’t like what they look like now. This Improvement is what makes real life issues and teenage themes arise. This, while I won’t call a coming of age novel, not only delivers a science fiction-y read but also includes themes of true identity, deception, trust, body image and friendships. It’s the first time I’ve ever come across a book with all these themes as one in a dystopian novel. Jump was original in its idea and topics being threaded within.
I’m seriously insanely happy to announce this one: romance isn’t a main focus at all in Jump! We do have a little bit of jealousy and cheating however that is really just about lust. The real amazingness comes in much later in the book and it’s practically non-existent as well. I’m excited to see how that continues in sequel.
What Didn’t Work:
The ultimate killer of my enjoyment was the lack of world building. And in a dystopian novel, it’s one of the main aspects that I look forward to. Instead, I had to go through this with an awfully faint sketch of the world and how everything works. We don’t get much of an explanation of the history of Clair’s world (so I hope there will be one in the future instalments) and not much a description about the world in general. The feeling is a bit like a black coat over your head, everything sounds muffled and you can’t see a thing. I definitely had to expand my imagination here. More details please!
Another aspect that I also regard highly in dystopian novels–heck any novel is the likability of the main character. I liked Clair, and I hated her. Our relationship was rather bumpy; up and down. I liked how sceptic she was to the Improvement. Things that change how you look never seem to right. Furthermore, I loved her thoughtfulness to each other character. She may be completely idiotic at times and a bit of a drama queen, but she cares for everyone. She doesn’t let anyone in her power just die.
On whole, I liked this book for its idea and topics that were raised (and Q and Jesse!) however the main character and lack of world building need much more work in the future.
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