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[Sci Fi Month] Review: A Thousand Pieces of You (Claudia Gray)

[Sci Fi Month] Review: A Thousand Pieces of You (Claudia Gray)A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Published by HarperTeen on 06-11-2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: From the publisher

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.

[Playing around with a different format for today’s review, not sure if I like it or not yet!]

Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★
Readability: ★★★

The Story

Marguerite Caine – Meg to her friends and family – is the daughter of two brilliant physicists.  The artist of the family, Meg has never really taken that much interest in the science her parents and their students discuss each night over dinner, until her father is murdered and the man responsible uses her parents’ invention to escape.  Along with Theo, another of her parents’ students, she chases the killer through alternate dimensions to find justice for her father.

When I read it…

It took me a while to get engrossed in A Thousand Pieces of You – I started it at the beginning of August, but between dissertation stresses and the fact I wasn’t hooked straight away, it took me until the end of September to finish it.  Although it took a while to pick up, at some point, I did find myself gripped by it, and I read the second half of the book in just a few days.

What I’d heard before I read it:

Lots of love for a unique, romantic, sci-fi adventure.

What worked for me:

  • The premise was brilliant and I genuinely loved the concept
  • The time in Russia: liked the atmosphere, connected well with a lot of the secondary characters, felt Meg was much more real and believable in this reality
  • Meg’s family.  I felt like the family dynamic and the students’ roles in that were greatly done.
  • The instant immersion into the mystery of Meg’s father’s death and the reasons behind it

What didn’t quite work for me:

  • Theo! I just found him difficult to connect with the whole way through
  • It took me a long while to get hooked
  • Everyone’s certainty that Paul had done it at the start when I could see zero supporting evidence
  • I loved Meg’s relationship with her family but other than that I found her flat and difficult to connect with.  She was very impulsive and I didn’t always agree with her judgement

Overall thoughts:

I’d heard a lot of hype about A Thousand Pieces of You and how unique it was, and to some extent I agree – jumping between parallel worlds, hunting for Meg’s father’s killer did feel unique, and I loved that.  Some of the alternate universes we see were brilliant, and I particularly loved the time spent in Russia – Grey managed to bring the atmosphere and the characters to life and I really loved the sub-plot.  Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like any of the other possible universes ever quite lived up to that (although I enjoyed the underwater one!), and I connected with the main characters – Meg, Paul and Theo – much less than I wanted to.

Will I continue the series?

I do definitely want to know what happens next, but the sequel is one I’ll be getting on a deal, not rushing out to buy right now.

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2 thoughts on “[Sci Fi Month] Review: A Thousand Pieces of You (Claudia Gray)

  1. I’ve heard a lot about this book too but to be honest, the reception for it seems mixed, at best. I know what you mean about having a hard time getting hooked with a book and that’s never fun. At least the second half was better though! Obviously, my reasoning for wanting to check this one out was the parallel worlds, so I feel like the other stuff would take a backseat for me. I’m still curious enough to want to check it out for myself, but I’m in no big rush 🙂 Excellent review as always Faith and I love your new review format!!
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