by Claudia Gray
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.
Got this last year as a gift from my cousin and when I learned that Claudia Gray wrote it, I was excited. I have previously enjoyed Gray’s Evernight series so I thought Firebird would be another interesting addition to my shelf. Plus, it’s been ages since I last read a book that explores time travel, so this book really intrigued me.
The first part of the book is a little confusing but as you progress, you’ll have better grasp of the story about a woman who searches for the one she thinks was responsible for the death of a loved one.
She learned that the one she was looking for jumped to another world. Good thing, there was a certain experiment that could transport people to alternate universes, and that is how Marguerite chased her suspect. But she was in for a big surprise when she learned that there were thousands of different parallel universe and each time she jumped into one, the people she met were different from what she’d known of them. Thus making her investigation quite impossible to solve.
I was mystified with this world or worlds that Claudia Gray has created. But despite the number of universes I’ve time travelled with Marguerite, I couldn’t get up from my seat. Paul and Theo – they have kept me on my toes. They took my mind away in a rollercoaster, one moment I was up there, correctly guessing the murderer and the next moment, i was down, shaking my head because I guessed wrong.
Claudia Gray’s writing is effortless and has improved through the years. I love how she intricately described the details and dimensions and made me wish I could also travel to another time.
The concept of this book is like that of the novel Every Day by David Levithan, although it is a bit on the scifi genre. But if you like the idea of travelling through different dimensions, this book is for you. Watch out for Imperial Russia, you wouldn’t want to get away from there.