Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore (review)
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Reviewed by
Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor
Cashore, Kristin Jane, Unlimited. Dawson/Penguin, 2017 [464p]
Trade ed. ISBN 978-0-8037-4149-2 $17.99
E-book ed. ISBN 978-0-698-15889-4 $10.99
Reviewed from galleys R* Gr. 8-12

Before Jane’s beloved aunt went to Antarctica, she made Jane promise that if she was ever invited to the island estate of Tu Reviens that she would go. Now, Aunt Magnolia is dead and Kiran Thrash, Jane’s old tutor and daughter of the owner of Tu Reviens, pops up out of the blue to ask Jane to a gala at the manor. Jane’s arrival on the island brings only more strangeness—Kiran’s acting weird, an enigmatic girl named Ivy may or may not be interested in Jane, there are rumors of a missing family on the estate, and then one of the family’s precious paintings is stolen. Readers will be just as puzzled as Jane as Cashore sets the pieces for a traditional murder mystery and then upends the board, changing the game and the rules completely as Jane’s story is split into five separate but parallel pieces, originating in the choice she makes out of five options (think Choose Your Own Adventure). Jane—or at least one of the Janes—dives into worlds that largely follow conventional genre tropes—mystery, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy—but connecting threads run through each story, and readers will be doubling back to see the related elements. Each dimension of the multiverse is solidly constructed; various facets of characters play predominantly in one version while taking a backseat in others, giving each person intriguing dimensionality. This is a true tour de force of genre mashups, and it will satisfy a wide range of readers. [End Page 8]

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