Saturday, 23 January 2016

Review: A Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Status: Firebird #2

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Ten thousand worlds. Ten thousand enemies. One love.

Marguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird—the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend, Paul, and their friend Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves.

When Paul’s soul is splintered into four pieces—pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions—Marguerite will do anything, and travel anywhere, to save him. But the price of his safe return is steep. If she doesn’t sabotage her parents in multiple universes, Paul will be lost forever.

Unwilling to sacrifice her family, Marguerite enlists the brilliant Theo to help. The two forge a plan to save Paul and the Firebird, but succeeding means outsmarting a genius and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their counterparts in every other dimension.

Their mission takes them to the most dangerous universes yet: a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each leap brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul—but her journey reveals dark truths that lead her to doubt the one constant she’s found between worlds: their love for each other.

Claudia Gray proves she does not suffer from “second book syndrome” in this enthralling sequel to her Firebird Trilogy novels that will, I kid you not, make you cry and suffer from book withdrawal for the next couple of weeks. I lied. This book will leave you in mourning till you can get your hands on the final book. And also, please note, there will be spoilers in this review for the first book- YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

GUYS,  Marguerite and the gang come back and this time, the stakes are higher and the end game is personal. She is a phenomenal MC that learns more throughout this novel, as she learns the repercussions of her last travel through over universes and how really different each universe version her is- especially relationship wise.

In terms of the characters, we really get to see the darker versions of themselves in this novel, and it’s so wicked! It’s odd, but it puts into perspective their good qualities: their loyalty, their love, and devoution.

Story wise, I was not expecting things to go the way it did. In the first novel, we learned that her father really survived, and that his “death” was the end result of an alternate version of Theo causing some trouble for the family. BUT we NEVER really get to know why he did it- well sort of. We knew that Triad-verse Theo was working for Connelly, but as to WHY they needed Marguerite, was a huge mystery. We find out why in this book, and it is NOT AT ALL WHAT YOU ARE EXPECTING!

Overall, this novel was amazing, and I cannot wait for the finale! I really didn’t expect this book to end the way it did!

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