Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
My copy came from: I borrowed a digital copy from my local library.
Review: What a letdown! A Million Worlds With You is a disappointing end to a series that started out promising.
There’s a bit of a format change for today’s review! I’ll be doing this one bullet-style, as this book was so irritating, that I could write pages and pages about this book and series, but I just do not want to take the time!
This review is intended for those who have read the first two books of the Firebird Trilogy, A Thousand Pieces of You and Ten Thousand Skies Above You. There will be a few spoilers for those two books, so if you haven’t read those books yet and plan to someday, you may want to skip this review.
And now that the spoiler alert is out of the way, here is the official synopsis from Amazon:
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite’s hands in the final installment of the Firebird trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.
Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.
Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.
In the epic conclusion to the sweeping series that kicked off with A Thousand Pieces of You, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed.
I’ll start with what I liked about A Million Worlds With You:
- The Egyptverse. We get to travel to an Egypt where Marguerite and her family are archaelogists and are working on a dig around the pyramids. I’ve always been fascinated with Egypt and archaeology, so I really enjoyed this very short section.
- The Spaceverse. Marguerite travels to space, which is pretty cool.
- Theo. I wasn’t a huge Theo fan in book one, but he really grew on me here! I wish there had been more Theo, as he brought personality and vibrancy to an otherwise boring cast of characters.
Unfortunately, that’s about all I liked here, which is a problem.
It made more sense to me then—the potential within the Firebirds. Their power could unmake a world or preserve it forever. Infinite good and infinite evil, all enclosed within one locket that hung right above my heart.
Now to what I didn’t like about A Million Worlds With You: (and some spoilers for the book! Read on at your own risk!)
- Marguerite doesn’t learn from her past mistakes. She especially does not learn from her previous actions in the Moscowverse. SHE DOES IT AGAIN. In a different world, with a different Marguerite’s body, but she again makes the assumption that that particular Marguerite wants to have sex with someone. And again the scene is portrayed as romantic, which is problematic on so many levels.
- Marguerite. I liked Marguerite in the first book. She was slightly annoying in book two, but she was extremely aggravating and irritating in this entry. And I don’t know what happened! Her character didn’t really change from book to book, so perhaps that is the issue. She never learned and grew and moved forward.
- Paul. What happened?? He had a complete personality change between book one and book three, and it made zero sense. I really liked him in book one and was rooting for him and Marguerite, but by the end of this series I just didn’t care about their romance anymore. Marguerite had more spark with the Paul’s in other dimensions than she had with “her Paul”.
- The plot was clunky and too convenient. Without getting into too much detail, it was too convenient how Marguerite was able to jump from dimension to dimension. When she was in trouble and needed to leave the dimension, she was able to jump and no harm done. When she wasn’t in trouble, she wasn’t able to jump, and had to hang around the dimension, therefore having a lot of filler material that meant nothing. There was also some confusion, as it seemed the Firebirds would appear and behave as dictated by the plot, and not by the way a Firebird would actually function if it were a real thing.
- The naming of everything. Must the “evil Marguerite” have been called Wicked? It just seems like such a silly name. And also naming all the “verses” was silly as well (ie, Spaceverse, Moscowverse, Berkeleyverse, Londonverse, etc). Especially when all the dimensions (“verses”) started interacting with each other. It was a little much.
The Firebird was built one equation at a time. My paintings are the result of countless small brushstrokes, each one shaded with a different blend of colors, each one with a single, deliberate purpose. Every moment, every day, we are all making something—whether it’s science or art, a relationship or a destiny—building it choice by choice, moment by moment. Our decisions shape other people’s worlds as well as our own. We are all the center of our own universe, and all of us in someone else’s orbit. It’s a paradox, but sometimes paradoxes are where truth begins.
I can still see how someone could really love this series; it truly had a great premise and started out strong. Unfortunately, the fun and spark of book one didn’t carry through to books two and three. This would be a good series to discuss in a group setting, as the dimensional travel brings up a lot of ethical questions that would make for interesting discussion.
Bottom Line: A disappointing finale.
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So those are my thoughts on A Million Worlds With You. What did you think of this book? What about the series as a whole?