If you could be anywhere in a moment, where would you go? If you could change your appearance in a minute, what would you choose? If you discovered something was very wrong with this perfect world, what would you do? Action and danger fuel this near-future thriller in a fresh take on technology, identity, and the lengths one girl will go to save her best friend.
Sean Williams was born in the dry, flat lands of South Australia, where he still lives with his wife and family. He has been called many things in his time, including 'the premier Australian speculative fiction writer of the age' (Aurealis), the 'Emperor of Sci-Fi' (Adelaide Advertiser), and the 'King of Chameleons' (Australian Book Review) for the diversity of his output. That award-winning output includes forty novels for readers all ages, eighty short stories across numerous genres, the odd published poem, and even a sci-fi musical. He is a multiple recipient of the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards in multiple categories and has been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Seiun Award, and the William Atheling Jr. Award for criticism. He received the 'SA Great' Literature Award in 2000 and the Peter McNamara Award for contributions to Australian speculative fiction in 2008.
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Jump: Twinmaker One by Sean Williams is a fast paced action pack adventure full of humor, romance and a world so unlike anything we could imagine. At first glimpse, I was instantly drawn to the cover as it gave off a dystopian thriller vibe that is currently popular right now and appeals to everyone in various age groups.
At first, the world the author has created is a bit challenging to understand in the beginning, as it feels like I just jumped into the middle of a conversation, with no clue what the topic was about. But as the story progresses, you start to understand the storyline and the alternate universe that’s been created. A world where there are more advanced technology and where transportation is a very big and real thing and not just a made up possibility.
You're instantly captivated into the story with strange terms such as d-mat, Improvement, VIA and PKs. Where transporting to another country in a matter of seconds is a common method. Where everyone has easier approaches to connect and be involved in their surroundings and material things. All thanks to the advanced technology that allows them this privilege and makes it easier for them to live their life with just a touch of a gadget. But there are secrets hidden beneath the surface of the technology they heavily rely on and trust with their lives. And so starts the course for our heroine’s adventure, partnered with some of the most unlikely allies to help uncover the truth of the mysterious meme called Improvement.
The world the author has created is imaginative and unique and captures the reader’s attention. It peaks their curiosity to keep reading and find out what is really going on and to see what other surprises the author has in store for them. With technology being a common and helpful method in today’s society. This novel is a great learning experience to readers, that while technology may help us, we shouldn’t rely everything on it.
The novel also explores the topic of friendship. You can instantly see how thick and complicated Clair and Libby’s friendship is right from the very start. But when new issues arise, it tests how far Clair will go for her friendship, not just with Libby, but with the new people she’s acquainted with. The topics of technology, friendship and self-identity are great subjects to broach with students and see their perspective on the subject. Interesting and unique Jump: Twinmaker One will keep readers captivated and curious till the very last page.