A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Release Date: 4 November 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Romance, Fantasy
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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 explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.
Initially, I was pretty hesitant to pick up this series as I had never read any sci-fi or time traveling books before. I was afraid I might get confused by its different alternate dimensions. However, I’m glad that I had given this novel a chance as it is amazing.
There are some aspects of the book that made me love it so much. Interestingly, instead of being confused, it was the different dimensions piqued my interest and kept me hooked. The world building in this novel is fantastic. Every alternate dimension has its own unique features and each one is significantly different from the other even if there are some underlying similarities. I wanted to know how the settings and lives of the characters differ in each dimension. Whether it is a futuristic world with robots and holograms, a world set in the 1600s or a dimension that is similar to Earth.
I like how each character in each dimension seemed to share similar fate though the problems they faced were totally different. It made me look forward to the protagonist time traveling as I was anxious to know more about the various alternate dimensions and the different lives the characters had in each dimension. That kept me on the edge of my chair throughout the novel and had me so excited every time Mag time-traveled to another dimension.
The mystery aspect of the book is well executed as I couldn’t predict correctly what was going to occur next. Several plot twists blew my mind away as events which had occurred were totally opposite of what I had predicted. This built up the suspense which made me wanting to know who was the real culprit behind the death of Mag’s dad.
The problems that Mag and Theo faced when they traveled to alternate dimensions were interesting to read as well since the many difficulties faced on their journey further piqued my interest and it was rewarding to read how they overcome by their determination to pull through. Since every dimension was different, Meg and Theo wouldn’t be able to anticipate what kind of challenges they would be facing there. And, fitting into the various alternate dimensions and time periods was already pretty challenging for them.
The only aspect that I didn’t really like was how easily Mag trusted and believed Paul. I understand that he was her childhood friend. But even so, it’s weird to believe someone who was a primary suspect for the killing of your dad.