Book Review : A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

October 5, 2016 Book review 8 ★★★★

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.

Book Review : A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia GrayA Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray
Published by Harper Teen on November 4th 2014
Pages: 360
Source: Won

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.

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What I Loved about A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

heart icon 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.

heart iconThere 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.

heart iconThe 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.

heart iconThe 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

x  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.


Rating Report
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Overall: four-stars


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.



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8 Responses to “Book Review : A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray”

    • trish

      I don’t know why I was so slow to read it as I did know what the plot was about and I loved the sound of it. I’m fascinated by parallel lives and tore through the book! If you get to it sometime, I hope you find it as fun as I did Katherine.

    • trish

      I’m the same Jade, I normally prefer character driven books. But I think because I love the idea of parallel lives so much that it didn’t bother me here in the slightest. It was refreshing to love a plot driven book! Hope your library has it!

    • trish

      I was the same Brandee, I had this book for at least 2 years! And now I need the follow up ASAP. Funny how that happens! I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did when you finally dust it off 🙂

  1. Lola

    I have so many books like that, that stay on my shelves even though I want to read them. I love the cover for this one, although I am not sure if it’s a book for me as I usually am not a big fan of multiple dimensions. The different settings do all sound well done and it must be fun to visit all those different settings in one book. I am glad you enjoyed this one!
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