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- Print Length: 175 pages
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- Publication Date: July 1, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HVKQ3NY
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Unclaimed (The Memoirs of Jane E, Friendless Orphan Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Unclaimed introduces us to Jane E, an unclaimed embryo being raised as a foster child by the VanDeer family. Mrs. VanDeer is fairly wealthy and her three biological children receive the best she can afford, but she loathes Jane and supplies her with only the bare minimum. After Jane snaps under the abuse of her foster siblings and fights back, Mrs. VanDeer essentially sells her to the Naomi Foundation, a mysterious organization located in India, where she becomes a data mule.
The world in which Jane E lives is a scary one. Certain religions are outlawed and special interest groups seem to rule the world, with most incomes, healthcare services, and other benefits of society come only with belonging to an INGO. Everything from purchasing power to the ability to enter buildings depends on having the right identification. Bioethics seems to have disappeared completely as human cloning, frivolous genetic re-keying, and suicide-on-demand services are considered banal. We don't see much of a dictatorial government, although we feel the weight of uncertainty and mistrust as Jane navigates the world around her. Much like the Victorian Era of the original Jane, society seems to oppress itself into submission.
I had my doubts as to how Jane Eyre, a classic and beautiful but very dated and time-specific story, could be transplanted to the future, those doubts proved to be fruitless. While a little slow-starting (much like the original), Unclaimed is unique and exemplifies why Charlotte Bronte's gothic romance transcends the bounds of time and place to form universal truths. Usually, futuristic/dystopian stories spend a good deal of time explaining the society in great detail. Erin McCole Cupp sidesteps this technique and instead reveals her world slowly through context. There is almost no exposition, which leaves the reader curious and eager to learn more. A few times I wished she would explain things further, but for the most part this worked to the book's advantage. On to Nameless!
Erin McCole Cupp expertly re-imagines Jane as among America’s least wanted in the near future: an unclaimed embryo brought to life but unloved then laboring anonymously half a world away from home.
Interestingly, Jane’s hidden existence in a quasi school/sweatshop extends beyond merely weaving textiles, but hidden messages as well. Her only solace is the companionship of the ill Aidann, whose backstory is also modernized, and the compassion of her instructor Bhenji Nealingson.
Unclaimed takes the dear reader to Jane’s first encounter with her absentee employer Mr. Thorne in his fortress beneath the American desert.
Jane Eyre has long been a favorite of mine, and I enjoyed the first part of this retelling immensely. While appealing to the modern reader’s ear, it remains faithful to the truth of the original, even retaining the charm and tone of Bronte’s voice.
You do not, however, have to have read Jane Eyre to enjoy Jane_E. Much like the character herself, chin lifted high, it can stand on its own.
(The author is a fellow member of the Catholic Writers Guild, and I received an advance copy for my honest review.)
While this story definitely pays homage to the original, one need not have read the classic to appreciate it. By the same token, knowing the underlying story does not take away from the enjoyment of reading Unclaimed. Cupp has penned an intriguing, thought-provoking tale well-worth spending time with.