I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Published by Harper Teen on November 4, 2014
Genres: Romance, Science-fiction, Young Adult
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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.\r\n\r\nMarguerite 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.\r\n\r\nA 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.
What I Liked
A Thousand Pieces of You has a thrilling and exciting plot.
In the beginning of the story, we learn that Marguerite’s (Meg’s) father has been murdered and his interdimensional device, aka the Firebird, has been stolen away. Meg is understandably equal parts devastated and vengeful. Her mother’s assistant Theo insists it was Paul, who is adamant he is innocent, while he jumps from one dimension to the next. So who did it? Finding out leads you through multiple dimensions, as the plot twists from one person to the other, people die and Meg’s heart gets shattered. I’m not going to even pretend to understand quantum physics or string theory, or even the possibility of interdimensional travel. I was just along for the ride, y’all! I did find the science as it was explained, easy to understand. I “got” the rules. The plot for A Thousand Pieces of You had me gripping my book, because I felt compelled to keep reading since the excitement literally never stopped!
I loved the world-building!
The different dimensions are fascinating! Who you are in one dimension may not be who you are in the other, but it seems that your soul is the same, which was a romantic and hopeful notion. I also loved the dimensions, but my favorites were probably Russia and the oceanographic station. Gray wrote each world with such detail, from vivid holographic phone screens, to the palace in Russia, and the fish and storms of the ocean lab.
I seriously feel like I need to call this out, even though it has nothing to do with the book rating. When I got this in the mail, I think I spent about 5 minutes studying the cover, and how a futuristic London skyline is juxtaposed above the Moscow skyline. The cover team for A Thousand Pieces of You did a splendid job.
What I Was Meh About
The romance was not something that grabbed me.
And that’s not totally true. There is a small love-triangle in A Thousand Pieces of You, and I was only able to buy into one part of the love-triangle, which was in itself a mini-love-triangle. The other part of it just felt a little contrived.
It was entirely too easy for everyone to find each other in each dimension.
*brief pause for a Sliders gif*
When characters are playing tag between dimensions, it should be harder to find each other at first. Maybe Gray thinks we will just assume it’s all in the technology, but the characters – all of them – adapted far too easily.
I figured out the bad guy fairly quickly.
Perhaps I’ve become a more critical and discerning reader since I began blogging a few years ago. But I kind of had the whodunit figured out early into the book. I didn’t know the hows, but the ending confirmed all my suspicions. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it was how I would have ended the story. And it was actually a good ending, supporting it as a standalone, or leading into the second book of the series (which, P.S. I can’t wait for!).
What I Disliked
The first thing that struck me about this book was the cover – it is absolutely beautiful! I was immediately drawn to the book without having any idea what it was about, and once I found out, I was even more interested. The premise of multiple dimensions with different versions of the world is so intriguing, and offers limitless opportunities for storytelling. All of the dimensions were really cool – futuristic London with all of the crazy technology, the underwater community where sea life swims by during dinner – and all of the world building was done so well that I could vividly imagine each location. But my favorite was when Marguerite was a Russian duchess. Not only because of Lieutenant Markov, but also because she got to experience having several siblings, have a unique relationship with her father, and there were some really, really great scenes. I liked that the author didn’t skip over things like questions of ethics – Marguerite wonders if she is becoming the villain for taking over the bodies in other dimensions, sometimes stealing experiences that should’ve belonged to them. It was the small details that she included that really made the characters more real and relatable. I also liked the flashbacks where we got to learn more about Marguerite’s past and her parents (who were pretty awesome, by the way). The only issue I had with anything in the story was when Colonel Azarenko took the Firebird from Paul. It was previously mentioned that people didn’t notice the Firebirds, so I wondered why he would’ve even seen it. I finally concluded that he obviously didn’t realize how unusual and out of place it must’ve seemed in this Russian dimension, so he noticed it as something that didn’t go with Paul’s uniform. I also had one of the big twists figured out pretty quickly, but I was enjoying the book so much that I really didn’t mind. I am already so excited to read the next book and see what new dimensions are in store for Marguerite. Actually, I’m excited just to see the cover of the next book! In the meantime, I may not be able to put this one on my bookshelf, I may have to keep it laying around just so I can admire that artwork.
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