Monday, November 3, 2014

Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You, by Claudia Gray @claudiagray

A Thousand Pieces of You has one of the most unique time travel scenarios I've ever read. Well, it's really not time travel. It's "place travel." Maybe that is why I found it so interesting.

Marguerite, her sister, and her mother are mourning the death of her father.Both her father and her mother are scientists who have been working on a very unique project called the Firebird. Her father has been murdered and  one of his assistants, Paul, has been accused. Paul has deleted all of the pertinent data for the project and has taken the Firebird and disappeared. Both Paul and another assistant, Theo, have been like brothers to Marguerite.

The Firebird is a device that allows a person to travel to another parallel universe. The theory is that there are an infinite number of these dimensions that accounts for every possible outcome of every event. So when you jump to another universe, you take over your own body as it exists in that universe. If you don't have the Firebird to remind you, you can forget your real existence and actually become the person in that universe.

It turns out that Theo has two prototype Firebird devices that he has completed so that he and Marguerite can follow Paul and avenge her father's death. As they travel to the different universes, they encounter many different situations, but always manage to find each other, although sometimes it is difficult.

Marguerite finds out things are not as they seemed. There is also a bit of a romance, and what makes it interesting is that Marguerite must determine if she's in love with the person in just one universe, or does she love that person in her own universe as well.

I really enjoyed the premise of the different universes. It it an interesting topic to think about, and Gray handles it well. The characters were interesting, but really Marguerite is the only one fully developed. I wanted her to succeed but didn't really feel the emotion of the story. There were some conveniences in the plot to help everything move along, but these were few and unremarkable.

A Thousand Pieces of You is the first in a series but this episode thankfully has a conclusion. I am looking forward to another story about this world. I think many teens will enjoy this one too.

Published by HarperTeen, November 4, 2104
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
368 pages

Rating: 4/5

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1 comment:

  1. I am really looking forward to this book and I am glad to you see your positive thoughts. It has to be complicated to write a mutli universe book and make it work. glad to see this one does. I hope I connect emotionally a bit more but if not at least I know the main character is develeped well. great review.


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