Monday, 13 July 2015

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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Author: Claudia Gray
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Status: Firebird #1


Synopsis (from Goodreads):



Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

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A Thousand Pieces of You is a riveting story that transcends time and space, and will leave you hanging onto it till the last sentence.



After Marguerite Caine's father is murdered, she and her friend, Theo, use her parents prototype Firebird, to cross between different dimensions of their world and themselves to find their only suspect: Paul Markov, a former friend and graduate student of Marguerite's family. She travels between dimensions, putting away her memories and emotions for a person she thought she knew, using her anguish to fuel her motive to kill him. But when their paths cross, she'll realize that maybe Paul isn't entirely what she thought him to be, and she'll learn that real danger does exist throughout all her lives.


This story was phenomenally written, is one of the best books I've read this year. I was originally drawn to the book because of its stunning cover, and later, its intriguing synopsis. I've had the book for awhile, and it was sitting on my shelf untouched because I've had a busy couple of months and my life has slowed down recently so I can actually pick up something to read. And this book was worth picking up.


The story is fuelled by anger and confusion on Marguerite's part as she tries to cope with her father's death, and is layered with intrigue and action as the plot unfolds throughout the book. There's an emotional depth that comes with the story, that makes you evaluate your ideas on the world and on life.


The characters were really interesting and held their own (not only did I fall in love with Marguerite and her love interests, the bad boy Theo and the sweet and sexy Paul, but for her family as well-- from all dimensions. Well, maybe except for the Londonverse family), and the relationship between the Marguerite and her family, and Marguerite and the guys, was really interesting to read. She [Marguerite] travelled through numerous dimensions, but the love and passion she has for each and everyone of them stayed constant. 


While the characters were amazing, the concept of alternate universes was really interesting, although there were times when the technobabble lost a bit of my interest. Also, wrapping my head around the concept of the Firebird (which, by the way, is a name of a mythical creature and the device that takes you to alternate universes) was a little tricky at first, but after awhile it was easier to understand most of the logistics at the end (although I have one more question about one particular character, but I feel like it will be explained in the next book). 


Regardless, A Thousand Pieces of You was a wonderful story, that stands as a testament to staying true to yourself and being loyal to those you love. I highly recommend it to everyone-- and I suggest you read it before November,  when its sequel, Two Thousand Skies Above You, comes out!



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