A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1)
By Claudia Gray
Summary: 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.
Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.
A Thousand Pieces of You was a YA science fiction novel that dealt with the existence of parallel worlds and the ability to travel to those worlds. The premise seemed amazing and the cover is absolutely stunning.
I enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of You, but it did not meet my expectations completely because it was, in the end, just another YA book with a heroine who can’t see things in front of her face, who spends more time thinking about boys than she does about anything else, and an amazing plot that seems to take a backseat to her emotions. What’s worse is that Meg narrated the story and I knew from the beginning that details were missing.
I felt like the plot was extremely predictable. The beginning was a set up to make the reader “comfortable” with the information that we were given, yet as the real story unfolded later, it was obvious that someone was blamed for something that, while it was not good, was not at all the same as what he was accused of and no evidence pointed to that outcome. So I spent the whole book waiting for the heroine to discover what I already suspected and that was basically the plot.
I’m frustrated because the premise was so amazing. The book had amazing potential and it was interesting, but it just fell short for me. The science was simplified. The traveling to alternate universes was glossed over. The heroine’s talent for art was generalized as being unrelated to the genius of her parents, creating a divide. Meg had quite the perception and she wasn’t all that dumb about science, she just didn’t seem to care about it, yet I would have rather had the story not use traditional artists vs scientists stereotypes when the two can be in harmony. Also, the book was mainly about her hopping through dimensions, first out of hate, then out of love, but for no other reason.
A Thousand Pieces of You was your run of the mill YA romance peppered in with a cool premise that never really makes it to the center stage. It’s perfect for people who WANT the romance and would rather just ignore the science-y bits, but I was ultimately disappointed.