Author: Kristine Cashore.
If you could change your story, would you?
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 directionless. Then an old acquaintance, the glamorous and capricious Kiran Thrash, blows back into Jane’s life and invites her to a gala at the Thrashes’ extravagant island mansion called Tu Reviens. Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.”
What Jane doesn’t know is that at Tu Reviens her story will change; the house will offer her five choices that could ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But every choice comes with a price. She might fall in love, she might lose her life, she might come face-to-face with herself. At Tu Reviens, anything is possible.
I think it’s fairly common knowledge, going into the book, that Jane, Unlimited takes an unconventional plot route, seemingly more akin to choose-your-own-adventure than most novels. (Somehow I was unaware of this, and it was quite confusing for a bit.)
The whole story hinges around a single quote: “People tell you that what happens to you is a direct result of the choices you make, but that’s not fair. Half the time, you don’t even realize that the choice you’re about to make is significant.” It’s just a casual comment by one of the characters – but a little while later, Jane stumbles into a turning point, and the story diverges into five plot-lines, along the five choices available.
There’s a large enough cast that it took me a bit to figure out who was who, and even then my attention was divided throughout the story simply trying to keep track of everyone. I really like Jane and her umbrellas, but there was so much going on we didn’t get to know the other characters as well as I’d have liked, given what a varied and intriguing bunch they are.
Sexual Content: One character says another character’s attracted to ‘everybody’. One character threatens to curse another so that their “testicles wither up and drop off”. Two characters talking about future plans, joke that they could open a bordello. One girl questioning another about her boyfriend choice, and the second says …”I like having sex with him.”
Language: 28 hell, 27 d***, 15 scatological terms, 9 a**h***, 9 F-words
Violence: Dog attacks woman, biting her hand (she’s holding a gun) and holding on. The gun goes off in the struggle, and the bullet goes through his ear. House tries to eat girl’s arm (yes, really). There’s a very dream-like scene that may be body-horror esque