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Friday, January 05, 2018

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 11/4/14
Pages: 368
Source: purchased

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.

Marguerite, the daughter of two genius scientists, gets caught up in a journey beyond this universe. Literally. Her parents created a device which will transport a person to an alternate universe. However, when Marguerite’s dad is pronounced dead at the scene of a car accident, she knows it can’t be an accident. Murder—and Marguerite knows who did it. The only problem is the killer may not even be in this very universe anymore. Marguerite, with the help of Theo, search for her father’s killer—stepping into alternate universes they could have only dreamed of. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray will have your heart in a thousand pieces by the end of this book. In a good way.

Claudia Gray, author of the Evernight series, goes in a completely different direction with this one. Gray certainly surprised me with this fantastic start to a series, I already know I will love. Evernight is a series of vampires, boarding schools, and mystery. I read up to the fourth in the series and then just stopped. The plot had gotten overused, too long, and I just fell out of love with the series. I can’t tell you exactly what made me stop—it could have been the constant trend of vampires in books that year or it could have been a hundred other reasons. All in all, I was wary starting this new series that has created such a huge hype. I kept thinking “it can’t be that good” or “I don’t know about this one, it could be similar to the Evernight series.” This is the part where I slap myself for being stupid because (a) it can be that good and was even better than good [insert amazing, fantastic, perfect synonym here] and (b) it wasn’t similar at all to the Evernight series. 

As soon as Marguerite, the main character, begins her journey to kill the man who murdered her father—the story immediately becomes relatable. The story was more than a romance, more than a fantasy. It is a story of compassion, bravery, and courage. It is a tale of layers upon layers of “what would you do to save the ones you love?” 

Marguerite risks her life to save her father, plunging into different worlds to kill the one who murdered her father. However, her flaw of trusting people too easily and taking things at face value irked me. Just because he said he did not kill her father, does not mean that he didn’t kill her father. Even though I have a cookie in my hand and tell you I didn’t steal a cookie before dinner, Marguerite would probably believe that I didn’t steal a cookie because that is what I told her. That is infuriating.  As soon as she started changing her mind, I knew I couldn’t completely rely on her (yah! I love unreliable narrators).

The plot is a “what if” tale, even as a reader, the constant question of “what if this happens” comes into play. These what ifs become answered within the genius of Claudia Gray’s writing and the worlds she created. Gray introduces the reader to five different worlds. Going into this book, I knew it was about alternate universes so I expected Gray to bring in multiple universes. With that many universes, I was a bit worried that I would be so confused. I’m the type of reader who gets confused by five or more point of views in a book. My worry was unnecessary. Gray tackles the universes one by one, in amazing detail, which leaves no confusion for the reader. The flow of the novel ensures that no matter how close a universe is to one another, Marguerite keeps reminding the reader that it is different and Gray tells us how it is different. It’s simple and gorgeous.

The ending of A Thousand Pieces of You wraps almost everything up in a nice, tight bow (there’s a sequel, don’t worry). I was left with the warm fuzzy feeling I get when the book is really amazing and I just don’t want it to end. I cannot wait to begin what Claudia Gray has in store for us next (and I mean it, like I need the sequel in my hands at this very moment!)

A Thousand Pieces of You is a book so powerful, it will pull readers out of slumps, out of their own worlds, and it will tear them to pieces (you know, in a good way).

A Thousand Pieces of You (11/4/14): 5 stars

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