A Thousand Pieces of You
By: Claudia Gray
Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.
**This review is non-spoiler!**
Let me start by saying that this book left me breathless. I was hanging on the edge of my seat for a large duration of the novel, and it’s quite difficult to sway me like that. I’m so glad this book wasn’t just a pretty cover. It’s so much more than that. I was having such a hard time not to fangirl by the end, and I think I did a good job but OH. MY. GOD. I was not prepared for some of the twists that came in the second half of the novel. I’m still processing a lot of it. This book was fantastic in every way. There was the perfect dosage of romance, a strong heroine who needs no guy to save her, and a wonderful plot that kept on getting better the more you read. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the second novel in this trilogy, it’s bound to be even more packed with action and plot twists.
There was a lot of world development needed in this book. In fact, the author had to develop multiple worlds. That’s right. Since this book is about travelling through different dimensions, that means the author had to build different versions similar, but not the same, as the original world our protagonist is from. It’s a complex and messy task Claudia Gray set up for herself, and it could’ve gone wrong in so many ways, but I think she handled it with excellence.
Our protagonist, Marguerite, goes through a lot of crap in this book. Her alliances are tested, and she is willing to put her life on the line if it means keeping the ones she loves safe. She is the heroine I’ve been waiting to read for a very long time. She’s not annoying, but she’s strong and stubborn when need be. She’s so full of heart and determination that she might as well be from Undertale. She doesn’t overestimate herself, but she also doesn’t put herself down to the point of annoyance. She never loses hope, even when it seems like all hope is lost.
I may just be getting ahead of myself, but I believe Marguerite is the next great YA heroine, up there with Hermione Granger and Annabeth Chase. She is just that good, and I give her a lot of respect for persevering through the thick and thin.What also makes her so awesome is the fact that she doesn’t rely on a man to save her. Instead, she brings it upon herself to save them. Not just that, but she makes sure they know that she can handle herself and that she’s going to save them sometimes, that she’s not the one that always needs saving.
That aside, I liked Paul the most out of all the characters (Marguerite excluded, of course). You’ll see why if you’ve read the book. This is a non-spoiler review after all. Theo was fine, but I always had a gut feeling that something was wrong with him. He just didn’t seem right throughout the novel. And that question was answered by the end of the book, thankfully.
So much happens in this book. Much more than I was expecting from a 360 page novel, to be honest. What surprised me was the fact that although a lot happened in a book that was reasonably short for the number of events that occurred, it wasn’t rushed. Usually books are either rushed or painfully slow, but this book found a good medium that seemed to work for the plot and characters. Nothing was happening too quickly, yet I was never bored. That’s masterful storytelling right there.
This book was read for Hype or Like Friday. What did you think of my review? Also, have you read this book? If so, let me know your own thoughts in the comments!