A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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Title: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1)

Author: Claudia Gray

Publisher: Harper Teen

Pages: (Hardcover), (Paperback), (Ebook)

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

This is probably my favorite YA book this year so far. This was an entertaining and beautifully described book. I enjoyed following Marguerite’s journey through these other universes. I have some issues with the science behind the devices but besides that, the actually story line, characters and settings. Overall, this was a great book to check out if you want to try out science fiction and multi-universe traveling.

Pros:

Marguerite: She was a fun protagonist, Marguerite is an artist (I always stumble upon books with artist). She is slightly an unlikely heroine in a science fiction novel. She doesn’t understand how the Firebirds work but generally knows how to use them. She tries to explain it in simple terms.

Universes: I enjoyed how extremely different each universe Marguerite visits. Claudia Gray did a wonderful job at making each universe have a different vibe besides just looking different from our universe. I also enjoyed the Marguerites from the other universes have the same core traits, they weren’t too different from the original Marguerite.

Twists: I usually see twists (but I try to ignore the signs of them so I can fully enjoy a book) but in this book, I didn’t see the twists. I guess I was so absorbed into the different universes and the story line so I didn’t see them coming.

Cons:

Science: Even through Marguerite isn’t a scientist and doesn’t understand it herself, I wish for a deeper explanation for how the Firebirds work. Her parents tried to explain it to her but I wish SHE would try to explain it. There are flashbacks of her parents designing the devices and yet there isn’t much in depth about the devices.

Firebirds: For being such a extreme scientific device, it seems to be super simple to use. That seems very unlikely to me, it was the first working prototype that Marguerite’s parents created. From what I understand, prototypes aren’t that streamlined till the final product.

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