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Early Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of YouTitle: A Thousand Pieces of You

Author: Claudia Gray

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: Firebird (Book #1)

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062278967 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062278968 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: One of the best science fiction books I have ever read. From the moment I picked up A Thousand Pieces of You I was captivated and I loved every minute of it!

Opening Sentence: My hands shake as I brace myself against the brick wall.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Marguerite Caine is a seventeen year old girl that has crazy smart parents. Both of them are physicists and for years they have been working on inventing a device, known as the Firebird, that will allow you to travel between all the different parallel worlds. Just recently they had a breakthrough and the Firebird is finally ready to test. But before they have the opportunity to try it Marguerite’s father is murdered by her parents long time assistant, Paul. Paul steals the Firebird and jumps into another dimension in order to escape.

Marguerite won’t allow her father’s murderer to go unpunished so she decides to follow Paul through the different worlds in order to bring justice to her family. Luckily she doesn’t have to go alone, Theo her parents other assistant, goes with her to the different universes. Each world is different, some more than others, but it seems that there are certain things that remain the same no matter what dimension Marguerite ends up in. Each time she runs into Paul she begins to doubt his guilt, and soon she doesn’t know what to believe or how she should feel. As things start to unravel she realizes that nothing was what it seemed.

Marguerite was a wonderful protagonist with a fun personality. I think the main thing I loved about her was the fact that she was so different from everyone else in her life. While all her family and friends were scientists she was an artist. She looked at life so differently from everyone else and that really made her stand out. But that also made her feel out of place a lot of times in her life. She never felt as smart or important as everyone else, which is something a lot of teenagers go through in life. She grows so much as a character and even though she doesn’t always make the best decisions she always tries to make them for the right reasons. I thought that she was very easy to connect with and I can’t wait to read more of her story!

I am not going to go into detail about the boys because I don’t want to spoil anything but I will say a couple things about each of them. First you are introduced to Theo, a charismatic, flirtatious young man that everyone loves. He is the type of person that will go far because he knows how to charm people and he works hard. Next up you have Paul, a very reserved, shy guy that always speaks what’s on his mind whether it is offensive or not. He isn’t easy to get to know and even though he is awkward socially he actually has a very big heart. I loved each boy so much but only one stole my heart!

A Thousand Pieces of You was a wonderfully written story that captivated me from the very first page. Lately I feel like there have been multiple young adult books released that feature parallel worlds, but Grey had her own unique spin to the concept. She focused on the scientific aspect of the idea and it actually made it seem much more believable then other books I have read that featured parallel worlds. It also made it a lot less confusing then other books I have read which I really appreciated. Because they travel to multiple worlds there are many different settings which I loved because you got to discover all the different versions of what the world could be like depending on the choices you make. With the suspense, action adventure, and sexy romance this book was almost impossible to put down. I also have to say that this is by far my favorite cover of 2014 and it fits the book perfectly. Pretty much everything about this story was done perfectly and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is a young adult sci-fi or romance fan, you will not be disappointed.

Notable Scene:

I meant it when I said I didn’t believe in love at first sight. It takes time to really, truly fall for someone. Yet I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely. Part of you belongs to him; part of him belongs to you. After that, you can’t take it back, no matter how much you want to, no matter how hard you try.

Firebird Series:

1. A Thousand Pieces of You (November 4, 2014)

FTC Advisory:  HarperTeen provided me with a copy of A Thousand Pieces of You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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