A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird Series #1)

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird Series #1)

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by Claudia Gray

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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


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.

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Publishers Weekly
Marguerite Cain is the daughter of two famous scientists behind a device called the Firebird, which allows people to travel to other dimensions where they occupy the bodies of their alternate selves. When a graduate student named Paul murders Marguerite’s father and escapes into another dimension, Marguerite and another graduate student, the handsome Theo, risk their lives by trying to catch him. As they move among multiple dimensions, Marguerite contends with a roller coaster of dangers, stress, and unexpected romance, while questioning the ethics of taking over the other Marguerites’ lives. Her feelings about Theo and Paul are also thrown into flux as she meets alternate versions of these young men. Gray (the Evernight series) gets her Firebird series off to an action-packed start; while certain plot points resolve too easily and predictably, the fascinating worlds and eras Marguerite visits make these drawbacks easily forgiven. Marguerite’s foray into czarist Russia as a member of the House of Romanov is a particular highlight as Gray effortlessly moves between the SF, historical, and contemporary aspects of her story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary. (Nov.)
“This unique science fiction adventure is full of twists, turns, and surprises.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“As a spirited romantic adventure, this novel is a delicious success.”
Kiersten White
Praise for SPELLCASTER: “SPELLCASTER is a whip–smart read, sinister and delightful at once.”
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“With on the edge of your seat mystery and suspense, this thrilling fantasy will keep you guessing until the end.”
VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Allison Hunter Hill
It is not easy being the only artist in a family full of scientists. Marguerite is the daughter of the two scientists who developed the Firebird—a device allowing the wearer to transmit their consciousness into other dimensions. When Marguerite’s father is murdered and the prime suspect is his intern, Paul, Marguerite does not hesitate to chase him across as many dimensions as it takes to bring him to justice. Theo, her parents’ second intern, helps Marguerite operate their stolen Firebirds and navigate four different dimensions—a futuristic London, a dimension with a still-intact Tsarist Russia, an underwater city, and a reality eerily close to her own. What Marguerite does not expect is how her complex feelings for Theo and Paul will magnify as she encounters different versions of the people she thought she and her family knew so well—or how deep the plot surrounding her parents’ invention really goes. A Thousand Pieces Of You is such a pleasant surprise. Where dystopia and love triangles were expected, there was a series opener that has its roots in old-fashioned science fiction, and the wings to carry that to modern teen readers. And it is not a love triangle when the main character knows what she wants—in several dimensions. Questions of fate, destiny, innovation, technology, war, and the ethics of consciousness add depth to an already intricate plot without weighing it down. There are some issues with pacing, including a slow start, but every moment in a modern Tsarist Russia makes up for it. This is a good pick for public and school libraries. Reviewer: Allison Hunter Hill; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
A girl and her two possible heartthrobs travel across parallel universes to avenge her father's murder. Marguerite's parents are both brilliant scientists, inventors of a device called the Firebird that allows the bearer to travel across the multiverse. When her dad dies in a car crash after his brake lines have been cut, everyone blames Paul, one of two research assistants working for the couple. But Paul has escaped by using the Firebird to travel to another universe. Theo, the other assistant, teams up with Marguerite in a prototype to chase Paul. They discover that although some things are different from universe to universe—technology in particular—the people are the same. Inhabiting the bodies of their parallel selves, they find Paul, but things go awry and they wind up traveling to yet another world: a nicely drawn parallel czarist Russia where Marguerite is the czarina and secretly in love with that world's Paul. But she's also attracted to Theo. And, in the parallel worlds, who is really who? Gray doesn't worry much about actual science in her science fiction, muddling the concept of multiple universes with that of multiple dimensions, but she keeps the plot moving and has some good fun keeping all of the parallel people sorted. This trilogy opener offers solid entertainment for readers willing to go with the fictional flow. (Science fiction. 12-18)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Claudia Gray's Firebird Series , #1
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

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BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
This book was one of those books where when you finish it, you want to start over right away! It was amazing!! Its hard to say too much about the plot without giving too much away so all I'll say is Marguerites' parents are physicists and have invented a devise that allows you to travel to a parallel universe. Yet before they can do anything with it her father is murdered seemingly by their own student Paul. Marguerite isn't about to let him get away, so with the help of Theo, she jumps after him. In every world they jump to, Marguerite gets the sense that all is not as it seems but can she solve the puzzle before it's too late?  The worlds the author has created were amazing. Each world, while being vastly different, are still the same in ways. She is still Marguerite and all her family are still part of her life, though in different ways. She travels to one world where everything is nearly exact as her own place except for certain colours or paintings, she travels to a land that's mostly covered in water, another where she is a Tsars daughter. I loved learning things about each world but I think I loved when she was the Tsars daughter the best.  Marguerite is a wonderful heroine. She is devastated when her father is murdered but equally so when she finds out it was Paul. Paul was apart of their family, her father loved him so Marguerite finds it hard to believe he would kill her father, yet the evidence points that way. If he didnt kill him then why did Paul destroy the research and steal the Firebird? She has so many questions that she knows she won't rest till she finds some answers. She doesn't hesitate to follow Paul wherever he goes and avenge her father. She was so brave and strong.  Theo was another assistant to Marguerites' father and a good friend to her, so when he tells her he kept the prototypes of the Firebird, she is thrilled. Theo loved her father and will do anything to help her. Theo is the fun loving, outgoing type of person and he is hard not to like. He has feelings for Marguerite and it shows.  Paul meanwhile, was the hard working, studious type. He was so reliable and quite that Marguerites parents took him under their wing. Marguerite finds herself having feelings for him but then he becomes a murderer and she his hunter. Both boys are so different yet both of them I loved. There is only one for Marguerite though!!!  Overall A Thousand Pieces of You is one of the best books Ive read this year. From the captivating places to the lovable characters and from the amazing worlds to the descriptive writing, A Thousand Pieces of You is a must read. Even though this was a parallel universe book, at no stage was it unbelievable or hard to follow. Claudia Gray just captures you from the very first page and makes you apart of each world we visit. Her writing was magnificent and the story was fast paced. She throws enough twists where you think you know what's going to happen but you don't!!! I CAN NOT wait for the next book and more from these characters. Highly, highly recommend.
mollyreads More than 1 year ago
Hang with me, this is going to be a long one.  I am so disappointed. I was really looking forward to this book because of all the great things I have heard and all the instagram posts! But it was a HUGE letdown... It started off very promising to me. It jumped right into the story, no long introduction of all the characters and what happened. I enjoyed that, it held my interest. It started going downhill when I noticed that the story started to focus more on Marguerite's love life and less on what the heck was going on with the Firebird technology.  I get that authors like to include love interests, but when some bad sh*t is going on and all the girl can think about is who she is or isn't in love with (in this case, more than one guy and more than one VERSION of a guy) I get a little irritated. It makes it look like us girls have tunnel vision and are so naive.  So basically when I noticed this is what was always on Marguerite's mind, I got a little over it. I honestly got confused on what Wyatt Conley wanted from the Firebird technology and her. A spy? For what? I didn't understand that and I didn't feel like it really explained it that well. I felt like that portion of the plot was rushed so that we could hear more about her boyfriend problems.  The book even ended with a boyfriend scene...instead of ya know, what she is going to do about the evil guy trying to take over. They could have at least put the boyfriend crap before and had an ending related to the Firebird and Wyatt Conley.  I think the only thing I enjoyed is that because they were going through different dimensions, the setting changed a lot. So it made it fun to read every time she went some where new. But that's it.  Sorry guys. I tried to like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing in every single aspect. The main character wasn't annoying and helpless, all of the guys were perfect (there were times in the story where it was, like a love quadrilateral. And you can't decide who you like best!), but most of all the setting was perfect. And i know sometimes setting can get boring, but this was literally the perfect cross between not too much and too much. And it keeps your interest the whole entire time! Enough so you can read it straight through and wonder where all the time went! Basically, what i'm trying to say here is READ THIS BOOK. RIGHT NOW. YOU WILL NOT REGRET.
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS  I've been wanting to read this book for a long, long time. I added it to my TBR list back in 2013 when it was still titled Can't Get Next to You. The title changed, it got that AMAZING cover (probably my favorite cover of all time) and I wanted it even more! I was insanely happy when I finally got my hands on this book and I'm happy to say, it did not disappoint! A major reason why I wanted to read this book was this: PARALLEL UNIVERSES! Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a bit obsessed with parallel universes. The worlds that Marguerite travels to are so intricate and well-done. It is very interesting to see how similar and how different the worlds can be to Marguerite's own world! And all the science behind the technology to do this is explained very clearly and it makes perfect sense! This will probably come as a surprise, but I actually loved the romance! It's odd, since there is a bit of a love triangle. Not much so in this book, but I get the feeling that it will progress later on. I loved the guy that the romance was focused on in this book and I was definetly shipping it! I was annoyed by Marguerite, though, because she was constantly not accepting the fact that she loves him. I want my ship to sail! IN CONCLUSION  Overall, this was probably one of the best books I've read this year! I love the idea of parallel universes! It was so well-done and developed! I rooted for the romance! And the characters were great as well! I, honestly, cannot wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline kept me wanting to know what happens next .
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BoundWithWords More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like A Thousand Pieces of You with a furious passion mostly because it would give a good reason to purchase it on a pretty hardcover edition and them I would stare at it all day (at least on weekends!) but, despite having a lot to go for, the overall feeling of this book is just... Flat. And forgettable. We start the story with on a futuristic London and the plot is already happening, Marguerite is already hunting down her father's killer, Paul, with the help of Theo and this helped me keep reading because I really wanted to know what the hell was happening but at soon we start to have some flashbacks, which is how we learn what really happened to Marguerite's father and her connection with both boys but, as usually, this made me not really care about the characters? It's just a more personal thing, but I really am not a flashback kind of person (my least favorites episodes of The Originals are the ones with viking's flashbacks), they just take some of the feelings for me. It wouldn't have been a big thing overall if I didn't had other problems with it, but I had. When we get to the second parallel universe, which is basically a Russia that stopped on the 20th century and it just seemed like the plot was totally forgotten there! In my view Marguerite was supposed to be hunting down her father's killer/discovering his motives/finding out the truth basically but them (conveniently) she stays stuck in this dimension where there is zero technology and we are supposed to be having some major ship feels with her and one of the boys but I just didn't care for either of these characters so it was really hard for me to care about their across-universes/bound-to-be romance. Also I think we have a love triangle, but it's so weak like seriously, I think Jacob had more chances over Edward than this love triangle (but by the end I think we kind of have a different love triangle between different dimensions kind of thing, right?). Anyway, to top my lack of feels for all the characters there is also the lack of actually sci-fi on this book, we need to have a lot of suspension of disbelief to actually believe on this whole firebird thing. In resume I'm not sure what was really the plot of this book (the romance? the father thing?), the characters felt one dimensional and there wasn't actually much sci-fi for a parallel universe kind of book.
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Loved this book.. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book i cann wait for the second book to come out. I could not put it dow. The twist in the story was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first chapter Wonderful book
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That add to the general confusion . sci fi "worm holes" and "space folds and jumps" done much better in deep space nine and babylon nine and a few star treks time travel bad enough in plots to add other demensions and paralle universes BPL borrow public library
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly such a good book! I love how many places it takes place in. This book does make you think so be prepared. I ptomise you, you haven't read a book like this one.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Marguerite's parents were on the brink of a huge breakthrough with their research into traveling between parallel universes when her father is murdered and their graduate assistant Paul disappears without a trace. When Paul disappeared he took the Firebird, the device that makes parallel universe travel possible, with him. Marguerite is left reeling from the sudden loss of her father as well as the betrayal of a boy she thought she could care about. Determined to get revenge, Marguerite embarks on a multi-universal hunt for Paul with the help of her parents' other assistant, Theo. As Marguerite gets closer to finding Paul she begins to realize that their lives entangle again and again in each universe. The closer Marguerite gets to Paul, the more she begins to wonder if he really is the villain she thought in A Thousand Pieces of You (2014) by Claudia Gray. A Thousand Pieces of You is the first book in Gray's Firebird trilogy. Gray creates an extremely interesting premise here as she introduces readers to the concept of a multi-verse while exploring ideas of fate and destiny. If that sounds lofty, don't worry, the mechanics of universe travel are quickly glossed over when Marguerite explains that she is not interested in physics or science and tends to tune out when her parents get too technical. Marguerite is an artist. While Marguerite's interest in art is a key part of the story, it is deeply frustrating to see art and science set up as mutually exclusive. Furthermore, although again it is addressed somewhat in the story, it is deeply problematic to have Marguerite note repeatedly that she is not as smart as other characters in the book. That isn't Marguerite's only problem. She is also headstrong as she makes rash assumptions about Paul, Theo and almost every other character she meets in the story. She spends a lot of the book telling readers how capable she is and how strong she is; she reminds readers that she is ready and able to do her duty and avenge her father's death. But she's also happy to have Theo with her because how could she possibly accomplish anything without a smart boy to help her? In addition to an under-developed world, Gray gives readers a love triangle that is often painful as Marguerite's final choice is glaringly obvious in addition to neither male lead being sufficiently well-developed to inspire any strong feelings let alone romantic ones. The basic premise of parallel universe travel in this story is fundamentally flawed (travelers hop into or "borrow" their parallel bodies) while also serving as a central plot point in both the main story and the romance sub-plot. Weak world-building, a disappointing heroine who makes terrible decisions and a denouement that is laughably simple and incomplete further serve to diminish this book as a whole. Readers looking for solid science fiction will be better served by other time travel/parallel universe titles. Readers who go into A Thousand Pieces of You expecting a sci-fi lite romance are likely to be much happier with this novel. Possible Pairings: Planesrunner by Ian McDonald, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Parallel by Lauren Miller, Fair Coin by E. C. Myers, Now That You're Here by Amy K. Nichols, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, Pivot Point by Kasie West
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Topiangirl More than 1 year ago
With its reviews through other readers, beautiful cover and intriguing description, I'll admit I had my expectatios for A Thousand Pieces of You extremely high, but unfortunately, I can't say they were met. The concept for the story is there, but I can't say the execution was will thought out. So basically, Marguerite's parents are famous physicists - known for their invention of the Firebird - a mechanism that allows anyone who wears it to transport into different dimensions. But then Marguerite's father supposedly murdered by his very own research assistant - a boy named Paul. But before the police can catch him, Paul jumps into a different dimension. In order to stop him, Marguerite has no choice but to jump after him... The story starts incredibly slowly, and by page 30, I was actually thinking of giving up altogether. It's only once Marguerite makes the decision to follow Paul into another universe that the story truly begins to pick up in my opinion. The beginning is simply a ton of info-dumping and background on Marguerite's life, flash backs in her past- nothing that I found specifically interesting or noteworthy. Also, I found the writing to be quite cumbrous and just stiff overall - especially in the beginning. There are so many quotes, but this one is just horrid: "...As the only right-brained member of my family, I wound up perusing my passion for painting a whole lot more than I studied high-level science." There are continual quotes like that - sentences that have nothing to do with the story or are simply face-palm-worthy; and, while the writing smooths out gradually over the course of the novel, I still felt a little more editing was necessary. I also felt that the characterization lacked as well. As a protagonist, Marguerite had huge potential, but, unfortunately, she spent the majority of the story complaining and whining about the situation she was stuck in; and she constantly relied on others to get her out of the (many) sticky situations she got herself into; which, after a while, became quite annoying. The worst part though? The love triangle that could only be called destiny over exaggerated. Marguerite finds herself torn between two guys - Theo (her childhood crush) and Paul (the guy who killed her father), both being completly obvious. Not only were the love interests flat and underdeveloped, but I could never feel the chemistry between any of them, which made the romance quite hard to believe sadly. And the fact that love is destiny/fate even through dimensions is unoriginal and dull. I understand that people may be tethered to your life no matter what ie. father, mother, but to say that if is always the same people over and over is unrealistic. Between the Damsel in Distress-like protagonist and the cringe-worthy love triangle, I can't say this is something I'd recommend despite the fantastic concept and beautiful cover.
LovingBooks4Life More than 1 year ago
My favorite book!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg this book was surprisingly good. But now i want more :(
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
A Thousand Pieces of You is by far one of the best books I've read in 2014. In fact, I knew that there was a good chance I was going to love this book from the first lines of the novel. To my delight, the novel continued to live up to the high expectations those first lines set. The worlds that Marguerite crosses are beautifully imperfect in their own ways and gives a glimpse of how her life can change so much based on even the smallest change in history. To my surprise, I found myself getting swept into Marguerite's life as she chases Paul across the different dimensions. While I expected a somewhat emotional book, given their complex relationship (I mean, we're told from the beginning that he murdered her father. . . or did he?), I hadn't expected the depth to this book. The idea of two peoples' fates being tied together and seeing how parts of their relationship don't seem to change no matter what happens to them in the present or in their alternate egos. . . while I do believe that there is a danger to thinking there is only one person out there for us, as it can cause us to stay too long in a relationship that really isn't working (I had to say it), it's breathtaking. Marguerite's story starts in the right place and time for me. Starting in medias res is a perfect introduction to so many components of the book: the multiverse, Marguerite's chase, and the mess of emotions this novel will work in your heart. It proceeds not to get bogged down in backstory or even to narrate the story from the beginning like a lot of books I've read. Instead, it gives us information as needed, giving time to build up the tension before revealing everything to us. My only problem is that the villain close to home was pretty easy to guess. (Spoiler alert: highlight to read.) There's a problem with the two-guy trend in YA lit. If one isn't good for you, the other has to be bad for you. At least, that's how it seems to run right now. Nevertheless, there are some twists to the plot, and the multiverse itself is interesting enough to keep me hooked. Frankly, there are some glitches in believability. The science of the Firebird doesn't seem plausible to me. I don't claim to be an expert on the subject, but the whole idea was seriously questionable to me. Even then, there was just enough given that I was left with more questions than if Marguerite had no knowledge whatsoever about its workings. (In that case, I could have accepted it and moved on.) Nevertheless, while I have questions here, it certainly didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel. The different worlds that Marguerite visits are beautifully sketched with such careful detail and compelling characters that they really come to life and made me feel for each one. It made me feel like this was what I've been waiting to see in a good sci-fi romance book. (Warning: some potential spoilers) At the same time, when you travel to another universe here, you adopt the body of the you in that reality. (Hence, you can't travel to a world where you're already dead or never existed in the first place.) I know that it's her body, so Marguerite naturally assumes that the her from that dimension would agree with her decisions, but each action she makes influences that her in that dimension. Sometimes, she does some questionable things that I strongly feel violate the rights of her alter ego. Like putting her alter ego's life in danger and having sex with someone. So it was really cool when Marguerite later realizes the ethical problems of multiverse traveling and raises the question herself. Even if her alter ego also likes the guy she had sex with, she took a precious moment away from her alter ego, who may not have even wanted it, not to mention that it complicates her feelings for that person in her own world. That said, I did have a serious problem with the sex scene. On top of Marguerite violating her alter ego's rights, putting her in a compromising position, and endangering her (there's no condoms or birth control), she didn't know the guy very well. Sure, she knew the version from her world, but their relationship moved very quickly. This wasn't even the first time it happened. Near the beginning of the book, she would have had sex with another guy if he hadn't decided they should wait. Everything just seems to move so fast for Marguerite in relationships. It made me very uncomfortable. Other than this, however, I loved the book for the most part. (End potential spoilers) Set in a richly imaginative multiverse with, A Thousand Pieces of You is filled with compelling characters, plotline, and narration, that come together to explore some deep questions about fate and the ethics of traveling into parallel universes. I recommend this to readers that enjoy an emotional, deeply provocative novel that will sweep you into its world.
CelesteP More than 1 year ago
Full review: Sometimes, I'll read a book and think: "Oh no. How am I going to review something this awesome?"  This is one of those times.  I pretty much knew from the get-go that I would enjoy A Thousand Pieces of You. I've always liked the idea of multiverses, and the idea of a girl who has to leap into those universes a la Sliders, just sounded too good to resist. What I didn't expect though, was just how much I would love this book. It's creative and inventive, but it's a book with concepts, relationships and a romance, that kept me thinking long after I had finished reading.  Claudia Gray introduces us to Marguerite, a seventeen-year-old budding artist who is on the verge of doing the most difficult thing she's ever done in her life: leap into a different universe to try and track down her father's killer. To make matters worse, the suspected killer is Paul Markov, an enigmatic young graduate student that Marguerite had only recently begun viewing with very different eyes.  But from the instant that Marguerite steps into a different universe, things begin unwinding quickly. She learns that her understanding of how multiverses work is only a fraction of the reality, and her father's death is far more complicated than expected. To top it off, she's beginning to understand that there are some things, like love, which are universal no matter which universe you may currently be in.  Gray has created a story that is part science-fiction adventure, part revenge tale and part romance, all of which adds up to an enthralling tale. From the moment that readers make that first leap with Marguerite, Gray shows us that despite the differences between the universes, individuals and concepts are always inclined to develop in a way that show a degree of adaptable universality. Marguerite's parents are brilliant scientists in every world and always find each other, while Marguerite always finds a love of art.  But beyond that, emotional intentions are always inclined to develop the same way. Marguerite quickly learns that romantic interest from Theo and Paul are universal wherever she goes, while she will likely always struggle with the same emotions, regardless of which Marguerite she happens to be. Similarly, certain more sinister intentions from external science fiction forces are likely to develop along the same lines as well.  While the primary focus of the book is on the science fiction and romantic elements, Gray also makes it a point to include some intriguing questions on the morality of jumping through universes and inhabiting the you of that universe. Marguerite in particular, is faced with making choices that is right for her, but may have long-lasting ramifications long after she leaves that Marguerite behind. I can easily anticipate parents, educators and readers using the questions that are brought up by Marguerite's realization that jumping through worlds will create ramifications, and discussing just how they would handle said ramifications.  With beautiful writing, stunning world-building and a protagonist with a personality and a story that will keep a reader on their toes, this is one book from Claudia Gray that readers won't want to miss. I know that I was absolutely blown away after reading this, and I believe that you will be too.  (And BONUS: This is the first book in a trilogy, so we have more Marguerite and Paul to look forward to!)  Final verdict: A Thousand Pieces of You works for so many reasons.  For the science fiction fans, Claudia Gray has penned a tale that will have readers questioning the possibility of multiverses, and how the small choices in those respective universes, can lead to vastly different outcomes. Marguerite jumps into universes that are both vastly similar and incredibly different from her home universe, and it'll intrigue readers to imagine how each universe evolved into what she finds in the present.  For the romance fans, the relationships between Marguerite, Theo and Paul, will definitely make the hearts of readers swoon everywhere. Gray innately understands just how one girl can be attracted to two very different men and vice versa, and shows just how that attraction beautifully and effortlessly evolves into something more.  For the adventure/mystery-fans, there's plenty of thriller moments, which will keep hearts racing, and attention focused.  Finally, for those who are looking for a kick-ass heroine who fearlessly leaps into unknown dimensions to face obstacles unknown, this is the book for you. Marguerite is brave, intelligent and charming, with a keen mind and sly sense of humor that slips in just at the right times. This is one girl who is going to take charge of anything and everything life throws at her in any universe, and readers will undoubtedly be counting down until they can leap into a new universe with Marguerite again.  I highly recommend this book for all readers, but especially for fans of Lauren Miller and Erica Rourke's Dissonance.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
The cover is gorgeous and none of the pictures do it justice. Well-written with fantastic world-building and attention to detail, I was able to visualize each unique dimension. The pacing is good too, but the extended time in Russia threw me off. I'm still not entirely sure why there was so much focus on that other than to ramp up the romance. Speaking of...there is a love triangle involved, so if that isn't your thing, you may want to wait until the series is completed in order to binge read them. This book was smarter than I am. Math and Science are not my strong points and I spent a good deal of this story confused. I had to reread several portions to make sure I had a general idea of what was going on, but even that became distracting. I think the point of the romance was to show how we love all the different parts/sides of the same person and true love transcends all time and space, but I couldn't wrap my head around whether the characters still had the same soul or DNA as in the original dimension. If not, then wouldn't they actually BE different people entirely, not just different versions? If so, then the love you feel for someone wouldn't change. You wouldn't have trouble recognizing the person you love or remembering how you feel about them. Nor would you have to "try" to love the current version of them. Right? Maybe. Maybe not. The ending felt a bit abrupt but ends with enough satisfaction that readers will be anxious for the next installment. Fans of Sci-Fi, time travel and mind-bending stories with a heaping dose of romantic tension will enjoy this!