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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | Magan Reviews

Book Review of A Thousand Pieces of  You by Claudia Gray

 

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray (website | twitter)
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 368
Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction
Keywords: parallel universes, time travel, death of a parent
Format Read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!)

Summary: Marguerite seeks answers about her father’s death and travels between parallel universes using the Firebird, the device her parent’s created that make such travel possible, in search of his suspected murderer.

Marguerite is the artist in a family of award-winning physicists. When her father dies and her parent’s assistant, Paul, takes off looking like the most obvious suspect, she has no choice but to emerge herself in her parent’s scientific world to find answers. Even if that involves learning how to use the Firebird, the device her parents created that allows her to jump to alternate dimensions. Marguerite has always felt like her parent’s assistants were adopted family members and there were these inexplicable moments she had with Paul that make her wonder how she could have been so fooled.

The strongest component of A Thousand Pieces of You is seeing Marguerite take a crash course in survival and physics to seek answers. Essentially with a turn of the Firebird, Marguerite finds herself in a parallel universe where the people she knows and is familiar with exist, but things can range from being ever-so-slightly altered to feeling centuries behind technologically. When she takes over another Marguerite’s body, she has to quickly adapt to her surroundings so she can cleverly figure out where Paul is located and when the proper time is to move on to the next place.

There are elements of a great chase paired with this very mysterious relationship between Marguerite and Paul. Her search is for more than closure and justice, but it’s a sweet, wild ride to see how Paul and Marguerite’s story morphs through each dimension. It’s a beautiful, tangled mess of cat-and-mouse paired with a confusing “what-if” love story as we flash back to learn about Paul and Marguerite before her father’s death. There’s a huge internal struggle to believe that Paul couldn’t have done something so destructive and devastating, but when all evidence points to him, how can it be denied? I absolutely loved how complex and intelligent the storyline was, but how the majority of the story focused on the simplest question: What lengths will we go to for the people we love? 

A Thousand Pieces of You is my first Claudia Gray book, and I’m incredibly anxious to get my hands on more of her work and to see where the rest of this story goes.

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November 26, 2014 - 10:59 am

Alexa S. - Though it started off a little slow for me, I really wound up loving A Thousand Pieces of You. I enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded, and found myself surprised by a few things (even though I’d guessed at a couple)! I loved seeing them travel into different universes, loved seeing the relationship dynamics laid out and just really, really enjoyed the wild ride Gray took readers on.

November 19, 2014 - 8:01 am

Quotables, Magan - […] Add A Thousand Pieces of You to Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | My Review […]

November 5, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Brianna - Sometimes I feel like I live in a parallel universe. But really, A Thousand Pieces of You sounds good.

November 5, 2014 - 10:34 am

Annette - Great review. I was really intrigued by this one. Especially the parallel universe plot. I found it to be pretty unique, which is always a good thing.

November 5, 2014 - 10:04 am

Sue Holmes - I have had my eye on this book ever since I saw the cover on Goodreads. So glad it’s going to live up to its cover! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy 🙂

November 5, 2014 - 9:27 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I have been seeing many positive reviews for this book and each one is making me more and more excited to read it! I love that it offers so much more than a simple parallel universe story. Great review!

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