Official Synopsis from Amazon: 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.
Genre: Science fiction, Young Adult
Setting: Modern day California, with various visits to different dimensions involving a more modern London with hovercrafts, an Imperial feeling Russia where Tsars still exist, and a world where climate change has affected the globe.
My copy came from: I borrowed a digital copy from my local library.
Review: A dimension bending world with predictability, but I loved it anyways!
A Thousand Pieces of You was the December book for Hype or Like Friday, and I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed this month’s selection! This was a rare science fiction read for me, and while I enjoy science fiction, I don’t read a whole lot of it.
The science fiction of this novel focuses on different dimensions – these dimensions are explained as different worlds that exist simultaneously as ours. Worlds where maybe you didn’t take that job, or you did decide to travel the globe and not go to school. Where maybe WWII didn’t exist. Different choices make for different worlds, and these worlds exist in the same time frame as our current world. So there is no time-travel here, but rather dimensional travel, and as some worlds are more advanced and some are less advanced, it feels a bit like time travel, but it’s not. Trust me, this is a lot less confusing in the book! I’d use quotes to illustrate here, but apparently when you get a digital copy from the library, you can’t underline any text in the book. Which was super annoying! But this was my first digital borrow from the library, so maybe I just couldn’t figure it out. I used the Overdrive app on my iPad and wasn’t all that thrilled with it (I couldn’t re-size the text, or find any of my bookmarks).
Our main character is Marguerite, age eighteen, who is the daughter of two physicists who invent the Firebird, a way of travelling between dimensions. I really enjoyed Marguerite. She was strong and smart, and she doesn’t have the science background her parents have, so you aren’t constantly subjected to scientific information, which made this book more readable.
The book starts off with Marguerite’s father being killed by one of his research assistants, Paul, and Marguerite and Theo, another research assistant, start racing through different dimensions to find Paul and kill him. The story was non-stop, and I really enjoyed the action in this book. There are several predictable plot points, I called out two of the major reveals of the book at the very beginning, but while there is predictability here, it is so much fun I didn’t care. I kind of wanted to be Marguerite and travel in the different dimensions.
There were a few frustrating plot points involving stealing or destruction of the Firebirds which just felt like forced plot points intended to trap our characters in certain dimensions. There was also a submarine scene that started out completely ridiculous, but then turned into a major twist that I didn’t see coming!
I can’t wait to read the next two books in the trilogy, and I’m excited that all of the books are already out so no waiting years for cliffhangers to be resolved. Looking forward to seeing what dimensions our crew travels to in the next two books!
Bottom Line: Fun and fast-paced. It definitely gets a LIKE from me!