Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Series Title: Firebird (#1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Original Published Date: 2014
Edition Language: English
Category: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance,
Resume: (from Goodreads): 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
Review: Oh... My God! I have a new book in my favorite shelf! We are reading this book in my book club and I wasn't looking forward. I have said it a few times, and I am saying it again; I am getting tired of young adult, and actually I find them more weird the more they try to get original. It started with paranormal... then dystopia and now, perhaps the next step, sci-fi.
Yes, A Thousand Pieces of You is indeed a sci-fi. Travelling through - in this book - four dimensions parallel to our own. That, I would say, is pretty sci-fi, but it so much more than a sci-fi. Travelling through these parallel dimensions the main characters are trying to find out the evil plot that has caused them to loose Maguerite's (the heroine) scientist father. It feels thriller-ish, and then one of the dimensions, in a Russia where the czar is still ruling, it almost feel like I am reading a historical romance. Romance is a big part of the book. A lot of my fellow readers in the book club were disappointed because of this. They hadn't the impression that it would be a romance, so they got the wrong expectations. I, myself, was not fooled. I knew it would be a romance more than anything, and I guess that is why I love the book.
I was ready to be disappointed - had my other book next to me so I could shift from bad to good, but in the end I did not as much as look at my other book. As long as I read it I could see things I hate in every book I read. This is not Star Wars where every little detail is considered. I could pinpoint a lot of fails in A Thousand Pieces of You and I could also find other things I hate. They talk about fate as a mathematical theory. I think fate is so ridiculous that it actually makes me grumpy hearing about it.
But somehow I was not bothered by any of this things. Maybe because I was so open-minded - because I only expected the worst - I ended up not being bothered and enjoy what this book is - fiction! I was thrilled, curious, excited, feeling a bit of a crush on Theo (one of the male main characters) then forgetting him after joining team Paul (the other). I really love love-triangles, and I think this is one of the better - I hope it will be just as juicy in the next books. Normally when there is a love-triangle I don't give a damn about one of the men. I did not here. I want them both to have Maguerite - but I do have a favorite (Paul!!!!). Very unlike me - Theo is more my kind of man - talkative, casual, teasing.
I surprisingly think the plot is very, very good. I liked it and I need to give the author, Claudia Gray, credit because you need to be good at describing a setting to be able to give the reader a picture in their head without feeling confused. Also, I think she did this with less words than I would imagine with these settings. It's not description, description, description. It's simple. I would say Gray has a good writing style.
And I looooove the second last chapter. There was a plot twist I did not see coming!!!
Let me say it simple. I love this book. I cannot wait for the next book - and I hate those facts!
BTW: Just wanted to comment on the cover of this book. I mean, have you ever seen such a gorgeous book cover???! And the cover to the sequel? JESUS!