Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.
First things first: the cover for A Thousand Pieces of You is STUNNING. I am such a fan of books that go beyond the “girl in a pretty dress” norm in YA and go for something bold and different. Major hats off to the cover designer on this one!
Now on to the story. I was incredibly intrigued by the synopsis and was excited to read something a little bit out of the norm for me. Lately I’ve been sticking with contemporary and historical fiction (I’m such a mood reader) so the whole idea of parallel universes sounded like a fun change. And while I did enjoy the book overall, I had one issue that was hard to get around.
I like reading books that challenge me and make me think, as long as they don’t make me feel stupid. I’ll admit I had to go back and reread in a few areas because the plot did exactly that–made me feel like I wasn’t quite smart enough to “get it.” The author did a good job of explaining some of the more complicated ideas through Marguerite since she was the non-scientist of the bunch, but I still struggled with parts. I finished the book still wondering how some things worked and that frustrates me as a reader.
On the flip side, I really enjoyed the actual universe jumping and seeing different “versions” of the main characters in the parallel universes. It added extra layers of personality and depth to the characters and added to the overall mystery of who murdered Marguerite’s father. Relationships are majorly tested and character traits that are unseen in some universes came out in full force in other universes. This element almost made me forget about not understanding the other more complicated sci-fi parts
If you’re looking to test yourself with a more complicated plot and multi-dimensional characters, A Thousand Pieces of You is definitely the way to go.
And now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a finished copy of A Thousand Pieces of You. Sorry folks, but only US entries allowed. Good luck!