I'm sure the YA readers out there were clamouring for it. I read through the book quickly enough and enjoyed it as much as I could, despite the sloppy misunderstanding of how time works. I can't force myself to read the next two books in the series, though, as they will likely suffer from flat-Earth syndrome, as well. Request to indie writers: This is more important than paying somebody to draw a pretty cover. Dec 27, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: Teleportation is an idea that has always fascinated me.
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Imagine the possibilities - that nasty work commute is over in the blink of an eye, no more 'I-want-to-pull-my-own-eyeballs out' long-haul flights and popping to the shops becomes literal. But for John, teleportation comes about by accident and has potentially devastating consequences when he finds a watch on the beach near his home. John Gone is a well-written and enjoyable YA science-fiction story. John is a likeable teenage boy who has a Teleportation is an idea that has always fascinated me.
John is a likeable teenage boy who has a close relationship with his mother, but feels socially isolated growing up on a Floridian island surrounded by retirees. His friendship with Ronika, a kooky computer whiz is genuine yet complicated, and as the story progresses their growing friendship feels natural and not at all engineered. When John is teleported to new and unknown locations the action sequences had me hanging on every word. The ideas behind the story are sold well, but I did find the science a bit too overwhelming for me personally.
And although the story of the scientist, Felix, who invented the watch was interesting, it all felt a little bit too drawn out and at times I found myself struggling to understand exactly what was happening. Overall, John Gone is an enjoyable read with an entertaining storyline, a believable main character, and some very intense science.
Read more of my reviews at The Aussie Zombie Aug 29, Matt rated it it was amazing. This book is quite silly in its premise, but in the best kind of way.
It was a ton of fun to read and I look forward to purchasing and reading the next few books in the trilogy. Apr 03, Mike Farrell rated it really liked it. A different kind of SF story A nice, different kind of SF story, involving transporting rather than space wars or apocalyptic disasters. A 16 year old boy, John, finds a lost watch in the beach outside his Florida key home.
When he straps it to his wrist, 2 things happen: This, of course, leads to a series of adventures as John tries to figure out what is happe A different kind of SF story A nice, different kind of SF story, involving transporting rather than space wars or apocalyptic disasters. This, of course, leads to a series of adventures as John tries to figure out what is happening and, most importantly, how to make it stop. Of course, it doesn't help that starting the 2nd day, he is followed by 2 thugs determined to retrieve the watch and, if possible, John along with it.
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Aided by Ronika, a techie friend of John's, and the hologram of the scientist who invented the watch, John is able to survive and eventually get the watch off his wrist - but at what a price! Sep 02, J. Dobias rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He finds a strange watch, with leather strap, and does what any level headed teen might do and tries it on.
This is no ordinary watch and once it seats itself on his wrist it refuses to let go. Having no time to worry about it, because his mother has set him up for a summer job think internship at a computer company-except the company is anti computer and would probably do everything John Gone The Diaspora Trilogy by Michael Kayatta John is a simple teen living on an island in the Florida Keys. Having no time to worry about it, because his mother has set him up for a summer job think internship at a computer company-except the company is anti computer and would probably do everything by string phone if they could work that out; but as it is being the of a wiki-pedia replacement for old folks is hard enough without that whole ball of string thing.
We see Molly quickly when she surprises John while he's leaving for his job and she comes to announce she and her father are here to pick him up for their three week anniversary-they've been together a whole three weeks.
John is distracted by the obsessive clingy watch and his mothers coaxing to get ready for her to take him to his new job; and though it might look like John might have overlooked this anniversary he covers well by insisting that Molly wait for the surprise he has for her that evening at six. Molly agrees and does what any girlfriend of three weeks might do when she calls Johns mom 'Mom'. Seriously though; I liked this book despite some elements of the beginning and the fact that warming up to John takes a long time because he's just a bit self-centered and somewhat clueless about a number of things that are just not right about his life before everything goes crazy on him.
I would love to give it five stars but for now 4 is being generous and I'll try to explain. When John arrives to his semi-non-tech job his new boss Virgil sweeps him up and gives him the grand tour including a corkboard display map that he refers to as Face-board. And the reader realizes things are likely to enter the strange when John immediately notices that the spot where his home should be has been marked as a cemetery: But to add to the insanity Virgil informs John that he gets the scooter but is not allowed to have his cell phone or other electronics because they have to keep up the image and Virgil insists John take off the clingy watch.
This starts to border on comic when Virgil become so adamant that he brings out some large cutters when he finds the watch to be overly resistant to his attempts to help John remove it. Fortunately for John and his limbs sake this causes the watch to retaliate by shocking John's boss; unfortunately it causes cardiac arrest at the same time it seems to activate another feature of the watch and John passes out only to awaken in a restroom in Tallahassee Florida.
Twelve hours later John is on a buss loaded with other people on his way home when the watch strikes again and returns him to the scene of the first crime where John finds he's being sought for questioning and suspicion of his ex-bosses murder. Later, because the watch knocks out everyone within a specific radius around John, he's is being sought for questioning on the deaths of people who were on the bus that crashed when the driver passed out.
There are reasons for all of this that comprise the world building of the science involved in the watch that is the result of a long story that actually is a bit more interesting than Johns story; but in fairness we have to share so we get the two stories together. Getting the two stories to converge is a somewhat convoluted plot that in many ways makes a lot of sense; but also includes a lot of side trips with John shifting back and forth across the world every twelve hours with each jump going a longer distance and John has no control.
This could go on forever except that the watch is using John like a battery and each time he jumps it draws more energy because the distance is longer and it will soon be critical. There's a way out of this but when John discovers it, it sounds like the cure is worse than the disease. And this is not to mentioning the strange goons that also have watches and are chasing John when he goes on his jumps.
There is murder and mayhem afoot and if I have one quibble about the novel its all the side trips John takes that take up a large portion of the narrative and don't always seem to add that much to the story. It might be that, since this is a trilogy, these trips will make sense and figure in down the road, but presently they just look like something to bulk up the real story; which, as I said, is the more interesting story of how the watch comes about and the rather insane group of people involved in the development.
And even though John has fell prey to the madness of the scientists it is often difficult for this reader to feel sympathy for him based on his own attitude, which means the only redeemable character, is one who gets a smaller billing in the story. But I should leave that for other readers to find and judge for themselves. This is a neat yarn with plenty of good pacing even though it lacks in some character development it still is an interesting Science Fiction novel once the initial silliness is left behind. John could use a heavier dose of growth but keep in mind there are still two more novels for that to pan out.
Sep 01, Charlie Kravetz rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Young adults and all adults. I purchased this book for my kindle as part of a bundle of ebooks from http: A good story for young adults, and those older adults, too. This book is the story of a sixteen-year-old that finds a watch on the beach. When he puts the watch on, he discovers he can not remove it. Before long, he finds himself being teleported each day at 3: After 12 hours in the new location, he is teleported back to the starting point again, at exactly 3: When John and his friend atte I purchased this book for my kindle as part of a bundle of ebooks from http: When John and his friend attempt to reset the time, he discovers the inventor, trapped in his laboratory.
John must make a decision, to either switch places with the scientist or probably die. A story written for young adults, that appeals to many of us that read science fiction. There is a touch of romance, as befits the age of the traveler. There is also violence and danger.
There is the exotic, as John travels and learns about the watch. There is the weird, as the reader discovers where John lands each time, and his friend that attempts to help him. I did not want to put this book down. The story is fast enough moving to maintain the readers interest, without going overboard on the obvious. There are enough lose ends by the time the reader finishes reading this to want the next volume. I ordered it, just because I need to find out what happens next. There is enough of an ending to allow the reader to take a break between stories, if desired.
This story was very entertaining for me, an almost year-old man. I do enjoy science fiction. I do not enjoy romance novels much. I want a hint of reality in my books, something to believe might be true some day.
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It definitely helps if the story is based on current events around the world. I can readily recommend this book.
I would, though, order the next two books in the series before getting to the end of this one. That way, the reader will be able to jump right into the next volume, and be up-to-date on the story. Oct 18, Ian rated it it was amazing. I'm usually the kind of guy that reads thick, heavy books and skips over lighter fare. More kinds of ephemeral writing usually bores me and is a chore to get through. John Gone, however, genuinely surprised me with its witty, well-written story packed with solid sci-fi ideas and clever characters.
It's Young Adult fiction in form only, much in the way that Pixar movies are kids cartoons in form only. The characters are fully-formed, believable human beings who develop or are revealed in arcs wh I'm usually the kind of guy that reads thick, heavy books and skips over lighter fare. The characters are fully-formed, believable human beings who develop or are revealed in arcs which fit inside the narrative perfectly. At times, it has a light, humorous tone with witty dialog that can truly snap, but it's not afraid to get serious and stern-faced when it has too. All the complaints that I usually have with this genre are well-addressed by Mr.
The novel feels like an over-stuffed chair of ideas.
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It's full of clever little concepts and wonderful bit-characters to sink yourself into. There's a heart and charm at the center of John Gone that makes it a delightful read. There certainly are a few rough spots, but they rarely slow things down. The first chapter in particular seemed almost manic in pacing, with the central plot device being introduced before we almost know the character or the setting. But after that, it hardly matters and everything flows at a page-turning clip. Especially for being a self-produced ebook, this kind of quality is almost unheard of.
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