A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU
Series: Firebird #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: November 4th 2014
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.
“I would love you in any shape, in any world, with any past. Never doubt that.”
A Thousand Pieces of You is a complex story about parallel universes, family, conspiracies, and love. The novel is action packed and fast-paced, covering a lot of interesting settings and weird science. The main concept does share the spotlight with romance, which has a rather strong presence throughout the story.
Claudia Gray’s writing is very easy to read through, grasping the reader’s attention right away. The plot and twists are well-executed, the shifting setting keep you on your toes, and the driving force behind the characters’ motivations is engaging and intriguing.
Confession time: I bought this book solely because of the gorgeous cover. It’s striking and appealing and totally blows me away. It’s definitely one of the prettiest books I own, and I own a lot of books. But not only does A Thousand Pieces of You has a beautiful cover, it also has a pretty cool story as well.
The main concept the book deals with are that of parallel universes. The science fiction is written rather well, and Gray creates unique and intriguing universes in their own right, while still maintaining the core of the characters intact. The novel is told entirely from Marguerite’s POV, and it’s fascinating reading about all the ways in which she stays the same despite being thrown in different worlds.
The plot is well-developed, when universe jumping is the focus of the story. It keeps you flipping pages, trying to guess the motivation behind everything that is happening. Marguerite chases the truth through several different universes, revealing little bits of info that make up the bigger picture while she’s at it.
Unfortunately, the romance does take the attention away from that. There is instalove and a love triangle, with the main character spending quite some time angsting about her feelings and relationships. This does impact a couple of twists in the book, as they fall flat due to how unbelievable the romance aspect is.
In the end, A Thousand Pieces of You is entertaining if you can overlook the romance. The premise is done well for the most part, the familial relationships are great, and big twists are surprising. Definitely recommend it to YA fans who also like Science Fiction and fast-paced books. 🙂