Griffin’s Story – is kind of pointless

Posted: January 31, 2015 in 3 Star Reviews, Fiction, Sci-Fi
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3 of 5 Why-Bother Stars – Griffin’s Story by Steven Gould.

I didn’t read the first Jumper book, because I saw the Jumper movie, ‘starring’ that talentless hack Hayden Christensen. A friend of mine recommended this book, and I decided it was worth a try. And it was, kind of.

This is the story of Griffin, of course. He’s a Jumper. Someone who can teleport anywhere, by just thinking about it. No technological gadget required. Just some natural ability he has.

For some reason, this Jumping ability is seen as a threat to National Security. So, there’s this secret organization who hunt Jumpers. They’re called ‘Paladins’, for whatever reason. And they’re nasty motherfuckers. They kill pretty much anyone who has anything to do with a jumper. They killed Griffin’s parents. They killed his friends. And they’re threatening to kill his girlfriend.

This all started when Griffin was only 10 years old, when they killed his parents. Like he’s fucking Spider-Man, or something. So, he jumped away to Mexico, where some nice people found him, and fixed him up. He spent several years in Mexico, living a secret life. Until the Paladins showed up and killed his friends.

Griffin spends the rest of the book systematically hunting down the Paladins one by one. He shows up, grabs one of them, jumps them to a cliff, and shoves them off. Then he grabs the next one, and jumps them to fucking France, or some other far away place. Because, he can.

The problem with this story is, there’s nothing the Paladins can do to capture Griffin. What’s the fucking point in chasing him, if there’s nothing you can do, once you find him. He’s just gonna jump away. So, unless you have something to stop him from jumping, you’re wasting your fucking time.

The Paladins seem to have an ability to sense when Griffin is jumping, which is how they end up finding him over and over. But still… It’s pointless to even track him, if there’s no way to stop him. This is what made the book kind of pointless to me. It’s like trying to stop Superman.

Because, even if you capture Griffin, he’s just going to jump away, immediately. There’s nothing the Paladins can do, save shooting him in the fucking face. But they never get that chance, because Griffin is there one moment, and gone the next.

So the problem is, there’s no real conflict. Because you know that Griffin is going to win. He’s always going to get away. So I’m not sitting on the edge of my seat wondering, oh my God, they’re going to catch him! What happens if they catch him? Holy shit, they might torture him and shit. Cool.

There’s none of that wondering, because he’s just going to jump away. There’s just no suspense at all. The ending is pretty goddamn simple. In fact, the last sentence of the novel is ‘I jumped’.

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  1. Ha! An honest, well rounded review. Love it! So often reviews state “it wasn’t my cup of tea” and similarly. However, yours was much more honest and I love that. Would you consider checking out my blog and giving similar, honest feedback? Thanks so much, and spoiler alert… I think you’ll like the format I chose. 🙂

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