{Book Review} A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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{Book Review}  A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia GrayA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Published by Harper Collins on November 4th 2014
Genres: Law & Crime, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 368
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, the first book in the Firebird trilogy, explores an amazingly intricate multiverse where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

Marguerite’s life has always been surrounded by advanced theories on physics and her parents’ grad students, who further ingratiate themselves into the topics and their lives. Some of her most defining moments happened with the students that walked in and out of their doors like family, and now that she’s older, some of them hold dearer places in her heart. That is until her father’s car is found at the bottom of a lake, his body nowhere to be found, and Paul, a young genius and closest to Marguerite’s age, is the prime suspect. With the help of another one of the grad students and her friend, Theo, they take two Firebirds, her parents’ invention, and begin traveling dimensions to find Paul and enact revenge on what he has done. The lives of various Marguerites she travels through prove to her that love and loss is not as simple as it may seem and that some people will always end up in her path no matter which way she travels.

First, if nothing else, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. The reflecting dimensions on the cover is enough to make one pause and pick it up, reading the glorious sounding summary of the adventure that would take place if deciding to read the book. It’s difficult not to focus on a cover as lovely as this, and it has done a wonderful job at attracting attention.  Not only is the cover lovely, but the story inside is intriguing. Whereas Marguerite’s journey begins as one trying to find her father’s murderer, it’s quick to change when new pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place. The love story between Paul and Marguerite is tenacious at best, because of the past clashing with the present.

While I was reading the book, I had parts where I loved Paul and parts where he didn’t impress me. It was difficult not to fall for Theo’s quick wit and obvious attraction towards Marguerite, and—guilty—I admit that I am still slightly rooting for him.  Since Marguerite is traveling through dimensions, everything is different yet the same, and she soon learns that people are also the same with his or her discrepancies. Her travel through alternating worlds makes for an interesting setting that disrupts the time period, which gives it a whimsical and exploratory feel. It is what makes the title, A Thousand Pieces of You, so appropriate. Traveling to the exotic places means that Marguerite is entering into someone else’s life, who shares some of her characteristics but only pieces. After reading this book it’s fine to sit back and think, “Okay, I get it.”  The book focuses on the physical aspects, the Firebird and dimensional travel, but also has a romantic side to it. With the physics concepts thrown into the book, which make it believable, it is easy to imagine the possibility of the adventure that Marguerite embarks on, as well as the life events that would get in the way of saving the world.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel and will read the next one when it becomes available—the cover was just released, and it does not disappoint! The story does sway towards a more quixotic feel rather than adventurous, as Marguerite’s ambitions vary. This book seems to fit a higher age group because of some of the concepts and ideas presented, and the blossoming relationship between Marguerite and Paul. Either way, Sci-Fi fans, or anyone who loves a topsy-turvy love story, would enjoy watching Marguerite learn about herself and the pieces of her that will always be a part of her complicated puzzle. {3.75 Stars}

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