Series: Firebird #1
Published by HarperTeen on November 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-fi
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.
Oh, hello inner conflict. This is one of those books that’ll lure you closer with its pretty, colourful cover, and then smack you across the face with its content. A Thousand Pieces Of You was an okay book, but if you’re expecting a masterpiece of science-fiction then you’re on the wrong track.
Let me put it out there: I’m always suspicious when it comes to manipulation of time, be that time-travel or dimension-travel or who knows what. As soon as time is somehow changed, there’s almost alwaya an issue of logic. Unfortunately, A Thousand Pieces Of You is no different in that department. In this book, several dimensions exist parallel to each other, with different versions of the same places and persons. Travelling between these dimensions is enabled with a device called the Firebird, which can transport consciousness through the dimensions and into your parallel self. This device cannot, however, transport anything material, and it was only invented in one dimension, the one the main character, Marguerite, lives in. Tell me then, how said device appears on Marguerite’s neck every time she jumps dimensions? Somehow, the device must be transported since it only exists in one dimension, and last I checked, a device is material. So there you go, Nina is already shaking her head and angrily throwing her book out of the window.
On the other side, I enjoy time-travelling or dimension-jumping due to the diverse eras or places the characters are free to go to – from modern-day America to Imperial Russia to a hyper-futuristic island in the Pacific, everything is included.
The characters are difficult to assess, to be honest. I liked Marguerite well enough for the first half of the book, though she could sometimes be incredibly naive or make impulsive decisions. And then arrived a point in the plot where I wanted to slap her across the face, because she began to act selfishly. Even if you transport yourself into another version of yourself, this does not mean that body is yours, and you cannot go about doing your business with it as you like. A million times not okay, and this irritated me a great deal.
Did I tell you this was not a masterpiece of science-fiction? You thought it was the illogical dimension-jumping issue? Wrong. A Thousand Pieces of You was not what it seemed because it read like a romance rather than a sci-fi. The emphasis was not on the science but on who poor little Marguerite would end up with. And, of course, whenever a premise mentions two guys in one sentence, the unthinkable happens, and we get a sappy little love triangle. And again, of course, both physics assistants fall in love with Marguerite, and both are insanely good-looking, too. Mehhh. I didn’t hold much love for either of the two men, though Paul was certainly more intriguing than Theo with his air of mystery. At the very least, Marguerite makes up her bloody mind and pushes the love triangle issue out of the way for the sequel – at least, I hope.
It seems that, up until now, I did a lot of complaining, and you’re probably wondering why I even gave this book 3 stars. The thing is: I was thoroughly entertained and, at no point, was I seized by the urge to put the book down. Th plot itself, separate from the science and the characters, was gripping and fast-paced.
A Thousand Pieces Of You will let itself be enjoyed if you have no illusions about the sciency aspect of the book, because it barely exists. If can further shut off the part of your brain which screams at the lack of logic and the existence of love triangles, then you will probably like this book. I myself was entertained, the book certainly able to hold my interest with its growing suspense, but I really need the author to patch up the holes in the logic and tone down the romance. I want badass science shit, not stolen kisses on the run.