A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray had lingered for a shamefully long time on my bookshelves. For no good reason. I loved the cover, loved the blurb and had read some good reviews for it. But somehow never got around to reading it. Until my holidays and it was a perfect poolside read.A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray
Published by Harper Teen on November 4th 2014
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 explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.
What I Loved about A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Amazing Settings: There are US settings, English settings and Russian settings. All very different but all well detailed. My favourite setting was the Russian Romanov one. It was richly described and I’ve always been a little obsessed with this famous family. In this reality, the Tsar and his family weren’t murdered and Marguerite is a future generation of the family.
There are alternate realities! I love thinking about parallel lives and endless possibilities. And it’s so much fun when a character gets to visit different variations of her own life.
The science explanation was just right for me. Not so confusing that I was bamboozled with physics but detailed enough that it gave me ideas to ponder over.
The pace just flew briskly along. You are whisked from life to life with barely time to breath. I read another time travel book lately (Passenger) and I felt like nothing was happening. No similar complaints here.
What I didn’t Love about A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
The main character (Marguerite) is maybe a little underdeveloped but I still like her. It’s more plot driven than character driven and I’ve no real issue with that.
Overall it’s an enthuastic thumbs up and I’ve just ordered the next book in the series.
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Who should read A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray?
I’d recommend A Thousand Pieces of You to you if you like the plot driven books and exploring alternate reality possibilities. Or if you enjoy books with a little science but not scary amounts! Fans of Parallel by Lauren Miller should also appreciate it.