By: Melanie | October 28, 2013 | (32) Comments

Blog Tour: Jump

Blog Tour: JumpJump by Sean Williams
Series: Twinmaker, #1
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: November 1, 2013
Genres: Action, Dystopia, YA
Pages: 416
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.

My Review

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.

What Worked:

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.

Overall:

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.

3 stars

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About Sean Williams

#1 New York Times bestselling Sean Williams lives with his family in Adelaide, South Australia. He’s written some books--thirty-nine at last count--including the Philip K. Dick-nominated Saturn Returns, several Star Wars novels and the Troubletwister series with Garth Nix. Twinmaker is the first in a new YA SF series that takes his love affair with the matter transmitter to a whole new level. You can find some related short stories over at Lightspeed Magazine.

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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32 Responses to Blog Tour: Jump

  1. SO much to say… 🙂 first of all, the US cover is horrible, I like this one much better. Second, this reminds me a bit of Jumper, so that sucks. Third, I LOVE that the romance isn’t the focus, it will make for a nice change. I read a YA like that just recently and was thrilled.
    I will definitely be reading this soon, I just need to find the time for it. I’m glad there were things you liked, despite the worldbuilding.
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  2. Eugenia says:

    I love reading anything dystopian/sci-fi because of all the new technological advancements and views into the future they offer. This book in particular looks great and I can’t wait to read it!
    PS. Great review 🙂

  3. Annie says:

    This is definitely an intriguing title, although I’m not sure it would be for me. Clair sounds a little… hmmm. And I do like my novels to be fairly atmospheric (be gone black coat!). However, I am impressed with the ‘new technology’ aspect of this book – I am a sucker for sci-f – and the cover is awesome. I shall watch out for more opinions on this one. Thanks honey!

  4. Nara says:

    NOOOO! Lack of world building!! Awww man.
    Still, I like the sound of the romance not being the focus of the story.
    Have you read Uglies by Scott Westerfeld? That’s a dystopian that touches on body image and identity and friendship and stuff. And Frozen/Skinned by Robin Wasserman.
    Also, woah?! The author is from Adelaide?? That’s awesome!
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  5. Tanja says:

    I see this book around and it seems to me that I’ll be reading it soon. Honestly I’m really curious as the whole idea seems great and from your review I can see it’s done really good.Only the world-building will be problem for me too as it’s one of the most important aspects in dystopian book. Great review Mel darling 😉

  6. LOVE the cover for this! Glad it wasn’t entirely focused on romance, that gets very wearing after a while. However, the lack of word-building is not great in a Dystopia, I agree that it’s one of the best parts and highly important!
    Great review Melanie!

  7. I do hate when there is little world building in genres where it’s super important. Sorry this one was just okay.
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  8. I think you nailed it with this one, Melanie. Dystopian novels *need* world-building to succeed. It’s a shame this lacked it because the premise is just amazing! Lovely balanced review 🙂

  9. Wow, I love that the romance isn’t a focus, and the concept sounds interesting, and the themes running throughout, but like you I need world-building especially in a dystopian world. I am going to hold off, and wait for reviews of book two. Wonderful review!
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  10. Stephanie B says:

    Ew, Improvement? Sorry, after the disaster known as Delirium, I don’t find these type of things all that intriguing. The cover is okay, but the synopsis isn’t all that enticing….
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  11. Henrietta says:

    Interesting how the story shares teenage issues through the Improvement technology. Clair sounds smart although the lack of world building may be a turn-off. I’ll keep an eye out for the book when it’s released in North America. Thanks for sharing!
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  12. This lack of world-building in books is becoming a trend it seems. One of the latest books I read, Waterfell, also had a non-existent world-building. It’s a little frustrating because world-building is a must in dystopian books.
    Anyways, I’m glad to hear that there were some redeeming qualities and the romance wasn’t the focus.
    Lovely honest review, Melanie! <3
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  13. Megan says:

    Lack of world building is always a red flag for me, but this one still sounds really good.
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  14. Candace says:

    I’ve only heard of this on your blog so it was nice learning a bit more about it. I can be okay with lack of world building in the first book (as long as it’s not non existent) as long as the characters are great. I’m not sure if this is one I would enjoy, but at least now I have it on my radar!
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  15. Interesting, I’ve heard about Jump but haven’t read a review about it, sounds like the main idea of it will feed off teenage insecurity though! Frustrating how many dystopian novels these days are skipping the world building.
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  16. Cindi Clubbs says:

    Jump looks excellent!! I love dystopian novels because it’s just amazing what types of machinations come from gifted authors’ minds. Anything is possible and usually the impossible is what you get!

  17. Rachel says:

    It’s hard to like a story when you hate the main character. I’m sort of dystopianed out for a while so I doubt I’d pick this up. Your review is the final nail in the coffin. Sorry this didn’t meet your expectations, Melanie. Great honest review. 🙂
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  18. I love the cover and the synopsis. It sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway as well.
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  19. Jasprit says:

    Wow Melanie I’ve never heard of this book before, but I definitely like the sound of the unique premise that it has to offer, I don’t think I’ve come across a book before, which mixes in so many different aspects, but also makes the book work. Also I’m a big fan of romance, but sometimes you do want it to take a backstage over things which are of more priority, so appreciate the author in doing this. Thank you so much for putting this book on my radar Melanie! 🙂
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  20. Uh oh, lack of world building, huh? I’ve heard mixed things about this book across the board, which is a shame because it sounded so promising! Appreciate your honest review, Mel.

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  21. Hmmm… I’m not so sure about this one. I do LOVE the cover! Thanks for the honest (and awesome) review, Melanie!! 🙂
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  22. I don’t know, the synopsis sounds really good! I’m adding this to my TBR list as we speak. Great review!
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  23. VeganYANerds says:

    This one does sound really interesting and I’m looking forward to reading it, Mel!
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  25. Sara says:

    I know I won’t win but I’m going to try. Anyway how are you? I just finished tests on Science, English, Geography and Maths and I didn’t finish 2. I hope I at least did alright in them.

  26. Thanks for the review. This book looks really interesting and I can’t wait to read it. I love the cover, so intriguing! It’s good to see a dystopian from an Australian author!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway 🙂
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  27. Angel says:

    Thank you for the giveaway.
    I really love when blogs to giveaways and as I’m from Australia alot only include
    US and all. so thanks
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