Series: Firebird #1
Published by HarperCollins Australia on November 4, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
Just imagine, every choice or decision you make leading to a different dimension or alternate reality. This concept of multi-verses or alternate realities is not new, but the way A Thousand Pieces of You explored it was a breath of fresh air.
A Thousand Pieces of You caters to the intellectual reader with the rich science background of the main character and her family exploring different alternate realities. As the daughter of two science genius, Marguerite uses a Firebird to travel through different dimensions, while temporarily overtaking her self from that dimension. Accompanied by her parents’ two apprentices, the shy and brooding Paul and the confident and flirty Theo, the three will meet at each point under very different circumstances.
Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.
I won’t spoil the different dimensions for you, but I was really pleased to find that they varied in their representation of the world and of the main characters. The world building of each reality is both intricate and convincing, with much thought and care put into bringing them to life. Not only are the circumstances between Marguerite, Theo and Paul different, the author goes one step further in outlining the current reality’s culture, art, science, familial ties, technology and even politics. The plot was constantly evolving based on the current circumstances Marguerite would find herself in, whether it’s war, politics, technology, lost memories, a conglomerate genius or life-threatening mission in the way.
Marguerite herself was an intelligent and determined character that I much rooted for. While her internal dialogue involved focusing on the mission at hand – to find Paul, she’s also constantly swaying between who she likes more – Theo or Paul. The love triangle never bothered me though, it was just enough to add depth to the characters and there was a very clear winner on top. The romance is kind of confusing though, as is some of the character development – do I love that version of him, or the version from Marguerite’s timeline, and are they the same person or different? It surely presented some interesting angles based on the multiverse storyline.
“Lieutenant Markov and I are not the same man,” he says, “Nobody knows that better than I do. But we’re not completely different, either. The one way we were most alike was – was how we felt about you.”
Family is the most important factor in A Thousand Pieces of You, from Marguerite and Theo’s mission to avenge her father’s death, to how she found herself appreciating the different version of her parents, to how she will meet some siblings she’s never had. There were so many complex issues explored in the story and it never did anything halfway.
A Thousand Pieces of You stood out with the main character setting out to tell a story. As confusing as the science could be, I never felt lost because of the way the author directed the storyline. She interchanges past and present memories with current events while explaining the new universes. From the different realities, to the intricate world building, to main characters and how they differ, A Thousand Pieces of You is a complex and interesting exploration into multi-verses.
A Thousand Pieces of You is the alternate realities book that I’ve been waiting for, and it really satisfied my craving for an intelligent read.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Thank you to HarperCollins Australia for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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