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Book Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray

Posted on 01/05/2016 in Book Review / 3 Comments

Book Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia GrayTen Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2) by Claudia Gray
Published by Harper Teen on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Science-fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 424
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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. \r\nMarguerite 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. \r\nThe 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.\r\n

Before we start talking about the book, can we just take a minute to admire this gorgeous cover? Seriously, it’s beautiful. I really regret buying the ebook instead of a physical copy, just so I could stare at the cover! The stunning works of cover art are initially what drew me into this series. Jennifer and I did a dual review of A Thousand Pieces of You last year, and we both loved it. I was extremely excited to jump into the sequel and see what dimensions Marguerite would be traveling to this time.   The good news: the world-building in this series is still great. We travel to a dimension where San Francisco has been ravaged by war, one where New York is completely unrecognizable, and we re-visit a dimension from the first book, only this time around we get to see Paris. I love how different each world is, and really wish that we had gotten to see even more of each of them.   The not-so-good news: the love triangle takes a bigger role in this story, and that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Marguerite realizes that not all the versions of Paul, Theo, and herself are the same. She isn’t in love with the same person in each dimension, and in certain dimensions, some of the characters aren’t even likable. This leads to some angst and self-pity for all three of them. Marguerite also has a lot of guilt about taking over other bodies and making choices for them, and debates about the ethics of it. I mentioned that I liked that aspect of it in my review of the first book, and it still holds true. It feels realistic that she would be concerned with consequences.   Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray is a really good book, despite the love triangle that I could have done without. The writing is beautiful and fun to read. I still find the dimensional travel to be fascinating, and this book goes a little more into the science involved in it.  I also liked how important her family was to her. There was some humor, a few surprises, and a really great ending that left me wanting to read the third book NOW.  I like this series so much that I am willing to overlook the romance angle and focus on the nerdy, cool aspects.  How awesome would it be to discover different versions of yourself in multiple dimensions?! Now to count down the days until the cover art for the third and final book in the Firebird trilogy is released…

“Ten thousand skies, and a million worlds, and it still wouldn’t be enough for me to share with you. Nothing less than forever will do.”

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