A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4th 2014 HarperTeen
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Series: Firebird #1
Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.
I think it goes without saying that with every review of this book, it is a crime not to mention the pretty cover. Now, how pretty, gorgeous, and enthralling that cover is? I admit it was instant attraction and I recognised the Russian architecture as well which means…THIS BOOK MUST BE SET IN RUSSIA, which is one of my favourite settings ever.
*Expectation level increases by 10 percent.
Now when I read the synopsis, it wasn’t attraction anymore, it was dare I say, love? I enjoy science fiction as much as the next person and I think we can all agree that the idea of jumping through universe after universe is pretty awesome, right? Plus there’s a grand chase happening. Sold.
*Expectation level reaches quota.
Here’s where it all goes wrong. After finishing this book, I found my expectations better than the actual reality. I was disappointed with this read. Not to the point that I’ll ignore this title and the author forever though. But I was disappointed.
*Expectation level falls flat.
My main problem mostly lies with our main character, Marguerite Caine (man, her name is a mouthful). I thought she was smart considering she’s the offspring of two scientists; I thought she was badass. Instead we get a dull artist helpless to her emotions. I simply couldn’t care for her character. And then you have Theo and Paul. Paul and Theo. Forgettable characters. I wished they were fleshed out more.
The romance was tedious but I didn’t mind it. As for the love which-is-not-really-a-triangle, poorly executed. It made me think there was only one love interest in this book because of the way he was favoured. (Spoiler: it’s not that hard to guess who won)
On a more positive note, I actually enjoyed the story. The concept of dimension-hopping was well-explained and I guess really cooooool. I actually read a similar book last year, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, that features dimension-hopping as well.
Overall, I’m still on-the-fence about reading the sequel. Despite the lack of colour in the character department, I was still fascinated by the world Gray has conjured. So if you’re looking for a more romance-laden science-fiction novel, definitely try this one.