Exo

In hardcover, eBook, and audio on September 9th, 2014.

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Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing

As William Gibson puts it in Conversations With William Gibson, writers in the pulp tradition “can do fucking plot” — they’ve “still got wheels on their tractors.” And like Gibson, Gould uses that plot as an engine to pull some intense, massive freight: not only does Exo cover space-junk, space-medicine, geopolitics, gender politics, and some totally badass network OPSEC; it also tells an intensely human story about love, honor, loyalty, betrayal and family.

 

Starred Review in Kirkus

Gould literally raises the bar on teleportation in this sequel to Impulse (2013). … Gould grows more ambitious with every book in the Jumper series. … There’s simply no knowing where Cent and this series are headed next…but it’ll sure be interesting to find out.

22 thoughts on “Exo

  1. Reading the acknowledgements tells me the source of one name. After googling Nagata, I conclude you decided to include female science fiction writers from Hawaii. Just a lark?

  2. I’ll chime in and agree with what other folks are saying. The way Exo ended was, in my mind, a big cliffhanger. I’ve been rereading it lately because I just love the science and realism of it (meaning people acting in good faith and rationally, as opposed to people acting stupidly or unprofessionally just to advance a plot element.)

    I’m hoping you can follow up with the next book before writing all the avatar books, but I know you’ll have your own schedule. Are we looking at something like 2018, do you think? Or more like 2022?

  3. Selfish post..

    While I am very happy you are working with JC, on Avatar, I would be lying if I wasnt concerned you would not be able to provide more Jumper stories..even a short story now and then 🙂

    And like others, would love another visit to the Wildside…

  4. What are these other two Jumper stories!? I’d love to have eyes on them. I could not find them on tor.com

  5. I love the Jumper Series and Wildside is a great book as well. Is Exo the end of the Jumper Series? Is there going to be a sequel to Wildside? We would love a few Saber-tooth Kittens.. Meow.

  6. I’ve just finished re-reading exo for the 7th time, not counting random chapters for the quality one liners (“I tried to get a paper route but they kept burning up at re-entry”)

  7. This SHOULD be a movie. I was picturing Bella Thorne the whole time. When’s the next one, Steven?!

  8. Will there be any more Jumper books after Exo? I just picked up Jumper and Griffin’s Story and want to now get the whole series. Just wanted to know if you have any vision on how long the Jumper books will go!

  9. Ummm…here’s an oddball question…which I guess isn’t really in the form of a question.

    In book 1, David promised, in exchange for information on the Yacht terrorists, (can’t remember his name) the French Reuters reporter an exclusive if/when he ever went public. What happened there?

  10. On my second read in as many weeks, this one after (re)reading the whole series from the start for the (god only knows how many) time.

    Noticed a possible typo, it’s a tiny one if it matters at all. Paste follows.

    QUOTE:
    I made a deal with General Sterling: We’d give him a list of the day’s deliveries ahead of time and USSPACECOM would do a COLA evaluation (Collision Avoidance on Launch) to avoid creating more debris.
    /QUOTE:

    I couldn’t find anything on the web to confirm or deny the acronym, but if it follows the name, shouldn’t the acronym be CALO instead of COLA?

    Note: This from the Amazon Kindle version of the book.

    By the bye, enjoying it just as much the second time around!

  11. Hey Steven, just wondering what the eta on an ebook of Exo is? I picked up jumper on a whim last week and have since burnt through both the sequels. I’d pick up the hardcover now but they’re impossible to get in australia as far as I’m awear and I sort of prefer the convenience of ebooks. Otherwise awesome series that I really wish I’d found sooner.

  12. Hi Steven,

    I recently dove into Jumper after seeing a review of Exo, and thanks to the convenience of kindle, finished Reflex, Impulse, and Exo within the week. As you can infer from that speed (or lack of savoring, as my Pops would put it), I loved them all. Often some of my favorite parts were the super ordinary stuff at the beginnings, just getting back in touch with these characters, like seeing old friends after a time away….

    I also totally love the way you deal with the sci-fi: partially explaining the mechanics of jumping without ever needing to try and explain what cannot be explained, i.e. how it works, instead just starting with “it works” and going from there. In that sense, the expansion moments – when Davy first utilizes twinning to escape his imprisonment, and later when Cent first masters jumping in place with added velocity – are some of my very favorite parts. I love how you take the same idea and push it in new and different ways, especially because they were potentially embedded all along, but the characters themselves needed to come to a place where they were ready to push the boundaries themselves.

    I mean, really, there’s so much that I love in these books! When Cent knocks that guy backwards off his feet at the end of Impulse, just before Davy and Millie arrive with hell’s vengeance, or when Davy suddenly proves that he’s also mastered adding velocity in front of Cent out in the desert, launching himself a thousand feet into the air and tearing the buttons from his shirt. That’s the thing – these characters really all have their own momentums, so if we’ve seen the development or not, it’s been happening all along, just like in the real world.

    To get to Exo – it really feels to me somehow like a real push forward from the first 3 books. I saw that a lot of the reviews on Amazon mention how science/description heavy it is, which is true of course, but I found those descriptions to be so damn visual, easy to follow, and really building up a scaffolding for what happens next. That’s a hard bit to incorporate and still keep the story moving forward without getting lost in the description itself, but I thought you handled it admirably, and really it supported all these new ideas you introduced, and made the whole thing believable (beyond the main conceit of jumping, of course). Damn, who doesn’t want to visit Kirsten station now?!

    I’ve just seen from another source that you’ve signed up to pen 4 Avatar novels for James Cameron. How exciting is that?! I think you’re really well suited for that job, and he’s done his homework in choosing you, as a master of both science writing and character development in mostly wholesome universes though with truly dastardly elements. As a sometime literary snob (tho comics and pop-culture aficionado) I don’t read much supplementary movie fiction, like Star War novels and the ilk, but Pandora has a special place in my heart – it really touched something for me, as it has for millions, and if James Cameron is confident that there is so much story to tell there, then I’m eager to see what it is.

    I’m guessing that all this means, however, that you’ll be taking a hiatus from the Jumper novels. I do hope you make it back someday, and as much as I want to see Cent continue to push forward her space program, I think it’s also time for a new antagonist, one who also has the power to jump. So far that world has only seen benevolent jumpers, but how often in the real world is such power localized in the hands of the developmentally evolved? The Daarkon group, and it’s previous iterations, have had a lot of time to collect data, and what’s more, there seems to be a principle at play in the universe that anything that happens in one point in space always happens somewhere else too – whether it’s new human inventions or discoveries, or evolutionary niches in disparate parts of the world, or even life in the universe – there are never isolated events!! I’d love to see some truly ruthless jumping, military applications and tech, and wicked action. If jumping can be learned, then someone else has learned it too!

    In fact, if there’s one thing that I’d love to see more of in these novels – it’s more action-intense finale sequences. I was surprised in both Impulse and Exo that Hyacinth was dealt with in just a handful of paragraphs, when I was hoping for meatier fights. That’s just nitpicking though….

    To sum up: you’ve got a new fan in me. I’m greatly looking forward to keeping up with your work!

    Cheers,

  13. I finished Exo and I absolutely love it! Jumper is still my favorite book, but Exo is my second favorite in the series. It was also fun to read the parts that take place at Stanford because that’s where I go to school, and where I finished reading the book. It was weird being able to picture exactly where some of the scenes take place, but in a good way. I could even picture the parts that take place at the Stanford Hospital ER, since I’ve actually been there too. There was a lot of accuracy in the way things on campus were described, even how long it takes to walk from Hoover Tower to Stern! Thanks for the awesome book!

  14. Another fantastic book….well done Steven!

    I think it’s one of the best ones…full of humour, class and a great cast of relatable characters, Exo is an amazing read.

    I really wish that this could be made into a movie, along with the other three books….would be fantastic!

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