Gould’s latest Jumper book will please both fans of the series and newcomers alike. Told from both the perspective of teenage Cent and her parents, Davy and Millie, Impulse is slow to start, but eventually delivers both a satisfying coming-of-age story and an entertaining tale of humans with extraordinary abilities running from a corrupt bureaucracy.
Sixteen-year-old Cent lives secluded from the rest of the world in the snowy Yukon with her parents, who are both Jumpers — people with the ability to teleport instantly. When her parents give in to Cent’s pleading to go to a “normal” high school, Cent and her family move to the American Southwest, where she must learn how to behave like an average teenager while juggling her newly discovered ability to Jump. Meanwhile, her parents use their power to spread goodwill to parts of the world in need, while simultaneously dodging a secret government agency that’s dead-set on capturing their kind. (TOR, Jan., 368 pp., $25.99)