Official Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
My copy came from: I borrowed the e-book from my local library. This time I used the Kindle app on my iPad instead of the OverDrive app, and it worked much better!
Since this is the second book in the Firebird trilogy, there may be some spoilers for book one, A Thousand Pieces of You. Don’t read this review if you haven’t yet read book one!
Review: Entertaining, but not as much fun as the first book in the trilogy, A Thousand Pieces of You.
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray takes us back to the world of multiple dimensions, and the world of Marguerite, Paul, and Theo. In this entry, Wyatt Conley has split Paul’s soul up into four different pieces, and Wyatt wants Marguerite to help him with something in order to get Paul back. So, the bulk of the book is Marguerite traveling to different dimensions and trying to rescue Paul.
This plot was fine, it sounds a bit more exciting than it really was, and while the different dimensions were interesting, none of them really captured me the way they did in the first book. There’s even a trip back to the Russia of the first book that also failed to excite, but did help answer some lingering questions about Marguerite’s questionable actions there in book one.
One of the worlds was a war-torn Bay Area, and as someone who lives in the Bay Area, it was interesting to read one person’s interpretation of how a Bay Area war zone would be. Another odd dimension was one where corporations run the world, and it’s almost as if the corporations are at battle, and the world is made up of skyscrapers that go miles high.
For some reason, this entry was kind of annoying to me. Everything felt very forced and I wasn’t connecting to either Paul or Theo in this book. Paul was just behaving very irritating in all of his dimensions, and Marguerite was also frustrating as well. Theo was just Theo, along for the ride, and there were parts where I felt he was forced into the scenes just to have an awkward love triangle.
There were some plot twists at the end that I didn’t see coming, so I’ll definitely go on to read book three, A Million Worlds With You. I hope that my lack of connection and excitement here just chalks up to the book being more of a transition piece, with the drama of book one wrapping up, and the plot of book three being introduced. I’m pretty excited to see how book three ends up, as the twist at the end was great and I enjoyed it.
Bottom Line: Not as good as A Thousand Pieces of You. Here’s hoping that book three finishes strong!
Link to my review of A Thousand Pieces of You
Have you read the Firebird Trilogy? Is book two the weakest of the series? Will Marguerite and Paul ever find happiness?