Series: Firebird #1
Published by HarperCollins
Publication Date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Law & Crime, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions. Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.A Thousand Pieces of You, the first book in the Firebird trilogy, explores an amazingly intricate multiverse where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.
I think is the perfect book to kick off a new year (and hopefully a new and better blogging year). A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray was fantastic and completely fascinating. If you don’t pick up the book for just the beautiful book cover alone, let this review persuade you…even just a little.
Marguerite is the daughter of arguably the two most brilliant, scientific minds in the world. They have developed a prototype device that could potentially transport you to alternate dimensions. Marguerite is more of an artist than scientist but nonetheless gets thrown into this crazy concept of alternate universe travel when her father is murdered and the prototype transporter, the Firebird, is stolen. It’s up to her and one of her parent’s grad students to hunt the alleged killer down and make him pay.
Did I mention how good this book is?! I mean really, it’s so freaking good. I had a feeling it was going to be, coming from Claudia Gray. I’ve enjoyed everything she has written. But I must say, A Thousand Pieces of You has to be my favorite from her. Something like traveling through different dimensions is not only hard to understand, but it’s even harder to create a story about it, I’m sure. But I was never once confused as to how Marguerite and Theo, the grad student who goes with her to track down Paul, the alleged killer, could go from one dimension to the next. We aren’t given the exact scientific details–which not only benefits the reader from having to be bogged down by way too much techno talk that we can’t understand, but also makes Gray’s life a little easier as well–but that doesn’t mean we can’t figure out the gist of the Firebirds. This was an interesting novel from top to bottom and I loved seeing what each dimension was like and how much different they were from ours.
I think Marguerite (I spell this name wrong every time I type it, just fyi) and Theo’s travel was one of my favorite aspects of A Thousand Pieces of You. Yes, the chase after Paul was exciting and I really wanted to know Paul’s side of the story, but some of the technology and advances Gray has created in each world were so neat! I think it would be terrifying to be in a completely different world than your own with no idea how that society functions but think about how freaking cool it would be to see things you never could have dreamed possible. I wish I could tell you some of my favorite things each world had to offer but I don’t want to spoil the fun. If you need another reason why this book is a must read, do it just to see how creative Claudia Gray is!
This book kind of set me on a roller coaster of emotions, and they mainly were for one particular character. I went from uncertainty, to disgust, to confusion, to a little affection, to love, to heartbreak, to hope, etc. Talk about complex characters! Marguerite, Theo, and Paul are so dynamic and you can’t always judge a book by its cover. You think you know them until one little sliver breaks apart, exposing something completely different. You’ll learn that you can love and hate someone all at once.
I honestly cannot wait for the next book in the series. I don’t know what adventures the Firebird is going to take Marguerite on but I’m excited, and a little worried, to see. Read this book!!