Title: Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Author: Claudia Gray
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Series: Firebird (Book #2)
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062278991 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062278999 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.
Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.
The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.
Quick & Dirty: This was everything I wanted and more in a sequel! Gray’s writing is exceptional and she does an amazing job weaving a gorgeous, thought provoking story that you won’t want to put down.
Opening Sentence: The first time I traveled to another dimension, I intended to take a life.
Marguerite Cain’s life changed when she used the Firebird invention her parents created that allowed her to travel through the different parallel dimensions. She has caught the attention of some very dangerous people that will go to great lengths to make her help them in their quest to dominate the universe! She has refused to help, but these are the type of people you can’t say no to. When Paul, the love of her life, has his soul splintered into multiple pieces, Marguerite is forced to work with her enemies!
Marguerite must race across the different dimensions to try and collect all the scattered pieces of Paul. Each new world has its own trials and each Marguerite is so different. Marguerite knew that each dimension was different but she always believed that there was a certain destiny she would ultimately achieve in each world. She soon finds out that isn’t the case and she starts to questions her own personal fate!
Marguerite is such an amazing heroine! From the first moment I met her in A Thousand Pieces of You, I instantly adored her and my love for her just grew in this book. She is a very strong, intelligent, and interesting character. One of the best things about this story is you get to visit so many different versions of Marguerite. In each parallel world she is different, but Marguerite thought that there would be certain fundamentals characteristics about her life that would always tend to be the same and that’s not exactly true. In some of the world’s she visits in this story she is a very unalike from her normal self and it was really interesting to see the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of her personality. She is such a dynamic character and I really enjoy being inside her head!
Theo is such a charming guy, it’s pretty much impossible to not adore him! He is funny, sweet, and just one of those people that always knows how to brighten the mood. His relationship with Marguerite is very interesting. Personally, I thought that they had a more brother/sister type of relationship, but this book explores a few other options for them. I really enjoyed getting to know Theo better and I am very interested to see what happens to him in the next book!
How do I express how much I LOVE Paul! He is super smart, ridiculously sweet, and totally makes me think of a gentle giant because he is described as a pretty big guy. He is very reserved and has slightly awkward people skills, so it has been hard for him to really open up to other people. But the few people he has let in mean the world to him and he will do anything for them. What I liked best about him in this book was that we got to learn so much more about his background and where he comes from. You also get to see the darker side of him and what his life would have been like had he chosen different paths. I felt like I got to fall in love with him all over again in this story and I really enjoyed that!
The romance is this story is done perfectly and I personally think Paul and Marguerite are epic together. They are very different but they complement each other really well! That doesn’t mean they don’t have their problems, but they fight for each other even when times get tough! They have amazing chemistry and I love everything about them! They are one of my favorite book couples of all time!
Ten Thousand Skies Above You had some really big shoes to fill because I loved the first book so much and man did it deliver! From the very first page I was drawn back into the intriguing world and the action starts right off. The plot had a few surprises that I wasn’t excepting and the pacing was spot on. There was never a dull moment and I think I ended up finishing this in just a few sitting! Like I already stated, the romance was epic, steamy and done perfectly. The characters were engaging and easy to connect with. One thing I love most about books that explore parallel worlds is that they can be very thought provoking. It makes you wonder what your life would be like if you had made different decisions and I loved that we got to explore that with the characters in this series. Gray’s writing is exceptional and she does an amazing job weaving a gorgeous, thought provoking story that you won’t want to put down. I can’t wait to read the final book in the series, too bad I have to wait another year for it! If you are a science fiction fan or if you are just looking for an amazing book to read, I recommend you give this series a try!
Writing the words down reminds me of a hundred beautiful moments: Paul and me standing beneath the redwoods, staring up at the canopy of green leaves so impossibly far overhead. Making out in his dorm room, hearing his breath quicken as he pulls me closer. Him giving me a bouquet of pink roses on Valentine’s Day, which I should’ve thought was cheesy but instead reduced me to a giddy puddle. Sketching him that evening, totally overcome by his physical presence.
Making Lasagna together the night before Thanksgiving.
Talking about my paintings, and how he thought they always told the truth.
Learning that he’d risked everything to protect me and rescue my father.
Here, now, this moment, recognizing how much of what we are is truly between him and me alone.
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Ten Thousand Skies Above You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.