An instant New York Times bestseller—from the award-winning author of the Graceling Realm series—about adventure, grief, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices.
"A wild gift for readers who like books that take them to unexpected places."—Melissa Albert, author of The Hazel Wood
Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magnolia, whom she counted on to turn life into an adventure. Without Aunt Magnolia, Jane is lost. So she's easily swept away when a glamorous, capricious, and wealthy acquaintance from years ago asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at the extravagant 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." What Jane doesn't know is that the house will offer her five choices that could ultimately determine the course of her life.
One choice leads Jane into a heist mystery. Another takes her into a spy thriller. She finds herself in a gothic horror story, a space opera, and an extraordinary fantasy realm. She might fall in love, she might lose her life, she might come face-to-face with herself. Every choice comes with a price. But together, all the choices will lead her to the truth.
One house. Five choices. Limitless possibilities.
Read Jane, Unlimited and remember why The New York Times has raved, "Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both."
Cashore's first novel in four years covers an eventful weekend in the life of 18-year-old Jane, an orphan raised by an aunt whose recent death has left her niece unmoored. When a former tutor, Kiran, invites Jane to her family's island mansion, Tu Reviens, Jane accepts, arriving with everything she owns, including 37 handmade umbrellas. A cast of guests, servants, Kiran's twin, and a basset hound is quickly introduced, as are a raft of suspicious activities. The story then restarts five times in five genres spy thriller, horror, science fiction, mystery, fantasy sometimes repeating information verbatim from a previous section. Each new version is a little weirder than the last, and the overall effect is less Choose Your Own Adventure than Groundhog Day on acid, set within a framework that pays homage to several classic novels, most notably Du Maurier's Rebecca. These shifts require a reader patient enough to follow the story's many contradictions until Jane discovers why she's at Tu Reviens and, ultimately, what she wants. An ambitious departure for Cashore that will reward (and perhaps demand) many re-readings. Ages 14 up.
I’ve always loved Kristin Cashore, but this book really astounded me because of how different it was from many of her others (Graceling, Fire etc). This seems like a more mature and realistic book rather than the fantasy. Make sure to pay attention when reading/listening, lots of little clues that come into play later on!! Hoping for a sequel!
I keep coming back to this book again and again. Balancing wonderfully inspiring characters and relationships with excitement and even chilling suspense that made me reread whole sections of the book in order to look for clues, Jane, Unlimited is a beautiful book that should be read by any lover of fantasy, friendship, or even dogs.
Though complex and entertaining, if you are looking for something similar to the graceling-series, this is not it!