Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore – Review
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Hello everyone! So, if you’ve been with me for a while (or at least read my about page), you might know that I love love love a book called Fire* by Kristin Cashore. I got it quite a few years ago as a gift and since then I’ve read it enough times that its cover is more bent up than my Harry Potter books, and the pages are just as aged. I tell you this story because, many years later – this year – Kristin Cashore wrote another book called Jane, Unlimited* and this review is all about my thoughts after reading JU. Before I get into my (non-spoilery) review, here’s the synopsis for Jane Unlimited, via Goodreads:
Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.
Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens.
Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.
Sounds interesting, eh? Well, let me tell you allllll about it (or really what I thought of JU):
- They were written in a different way that played to the plot so you got to know each of the characters in a different yet not too different way depending on what happens and I thought that was interesting. They were all unique and there was a clear distinction between who was who and I think it was really cool the way the plot brought out different parts of people
- The only thing missing for me I think might have been the authenticity. With the way the plot is, the characters didn’t fully feel like people I could meet in real life and for those who are saying “well it’s an SFF book, you shouldn’t be meeting these people IRL” well, a character’s personality and general actions should still feel life like, like you could meet them and know them and, for me, Jane Unlimited didn’t fully live up to that.
- Okay let me start off by saying that the plot of Jane Unlimited is nothing like you’ve ever seen before and I don’t say that lightly. I’m not going to spoil anything for you which is why I can’t write much about it but I will say this: the plot is weird – sometimes really weird – but it’s also very interesting and the way everything plays out is pretty clever.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend you read Jane Unlimited; the plot is cool and the characters are interesting! It’s certainly a different book than I thought Kristin Cashore would be writing however it’s a really clever read which is definitely a KC.
Anyways, have you guys read Jane, Unlimited* yet, or at least preordered it (you totally should if you can)? If you have read it, what did you guys think of the book (NO SPOILERS!!)?? If you haven’t read it but can’t wait to, what are you most excited about/why can’t you wait to read it?? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!!
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