Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series Status: Trilogy
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
(This review contains spoilers).
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 revolutionise 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.
Alternate parallel universes, a vengeful daughter, an ‘epic love affair’. Oh, and let’s not forget the jaw-dropping book cover. *Moment of appreciation* Sounds like the makings of a great story, right?
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is the first book in the Firebird trilogy published back in 2014. Since publication, the book has received a wide array of mixed reviews, of which I am stuck in limbo. I bought this book a couple months after it was released and only now have gotten around to finally reading it. The book is written from the point of view of Marguerite who in all honestly I did not care about whatsoever. As a reader, I didn’t find any connection with her character and felt that in parts throughout she was whiny and easily believed anything someone said to her.
The plot originally enticed me to start reading the book as I’d never read a book about dimension travelling before and I have to say it was certainly interesting. Although, I wish there had been a bigger focus on that element. During the first dimension they move into, high tech London, I found myself getting bored and just wanting to put the book down. However, I did enjoy the historical Russian world, it was interesting to see how different her life was and the events that took place, I also enjoyed reading the underwater world as that’s where all the shiz went down.
When they say ‘epic love affair’ they mean a love triangle… because of course, it can’t be a YA novel without a love triangle. *roll my eyes into next year* Instead of focusing on the sci-fi aspect Gray puts a lot of emphasis on the romance aspect. Paul is your typical broody love interest whereas Theo is your ‘bad boy’ type who turns out is actually sweet when he wants to be. I’m probably one of the few people who actually preferred Theo to Paul. I mean, I know *spoiler ahead* that a spy was in his place pretty much throughout the entire book but at least he didn’t make me went to curl up into a ball and drift off to sleep like Paul. The romance was just so blah…I didn’t feel a deep connection between any of them even though supposedly they’d known each other for years.
The ending…oh boy. Marguerite finally returns home from her dangerous and epic adventure ready to tell her mother and sister everything she found out…and they already figured it out! Does anyone else feel like the entire book was a complete waste of time?
Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy aspects of the book enough to give it three stars out of five. As for whether I’ll be carrying on with the series, I most likely won’t be.
Thanks for reading!
Until next time,
Caitlin Lauren Grace x