Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Hardcover, Ebook, Audio (368 pages, HARPERTEEN)
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, the first book in the Firebird trilogy, explores an amazingly intricate multiverse where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.
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One of my top reads of 2014! (5 stars)
The world of a YA reader can be filled with fantastic adventures, scintillating romances, and exquisite characters but a small few can deliver all three and feel as richly emotional, as eloquently presented as A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU. I've read and enjoyed Gray's earlier work but was never left in awe by any of it so A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU had managed to slip my radar until shortly before its release. Few readers want to admit that they were first drawn to a book thanks to its pretty cover but that was what initially caught my attention and I am so very glad it did or I might have left A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU on the backburner that is my wishlist which would have been a heinous crime!
The reader is dropped into Marguerite's story in a time of upheaval and emotion. Her father has been murdered and it is up to her to avenge him by jumping through dimensions to find and kill her parent's enigmatic assistant, Paul. But Gray keeps her cards very lose to her chest as we're lead through the different universes dropping tiny crumbs to follow in an adventure that is intensely intricate and emotionally rending over and over and over. If A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU doesn't keep you up reading all night I can't imagine there's a book out there that will. Looking for your next book hangover? This is it.
Because so much of it could be spoiled if I elaborated much on the storyline or characters let me just say that I love it when an author can drop you into one mental space on the first page, pulling you along that path until you're very invested and then drop the floor out on it with a flourish. I tend to predict what will happen in a plot most of the time which is fine but A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU flipped my expectations more than a few times and completely surprised me more than once. Who's really the villain? What really happened to Marguerite's father that night his car went into the water? Is there such a thing as fate and can science explain it?
I've had some wonderful reads this year but I think A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU could easily be in my top 5 because it was an overall package read. I loved the pseudo-science, the world building, the characters, the mystery, and Gray's writing that pulled all of it together into a tightly woven, rich tapestry. This is one book I would read over and over and I can't wait to finish the trilogy. A RhiReading MUST READ recommendation!
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