By Kristin Cashore
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Bang Bang Rating: DNF at page 121
Jane is alone and aimless after her aunt died on an Antarctica Expedition when an old friend visits her at work and invites her to stay with her family for the Spring gala. On the promise of her aunt to accept any invite from the Thrash family to their estate, the Tu Reviens, Jane packs her bags to visit the peculiar cast of characters including the family dog. After one evening, Jane discovers a mysterious bank heist, forged art, and the disappearance of the mistress of the house.
The first 90 pages sets up the extensive cast of characters and the mysteries surrounding them. The subsequent pages shows Jane tackling the aforementioned issues. This novel is similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure books; you can literally choose which topic Jane decides to investigate.
Although I think Cashore is a wonderful writer and Jane Unlimited had intriguing characters, I could not get into the novel. I made it though the set up and I started to lose interest especially in the art forgery portion. I don’t know anything about art nor do I care so I decided to skip this adventure and choose the bank heist. The second adventure, however, also included the art forgery story and I just couldn’t feign interest. I also thought there were too many characters (15) and many of them were unbelievably eccentric and they all had their own story-it was just too much.
Finally, I don’t think this is YA. All of the characters are college aged or older. I don’t know who to give this book to.
I LOVED the Choose Your Own Adventure books when I was a kid so therefore I thought the premise was good. Although the writing was pretty great, I just couldn’t get into the plot.