A Thousand Pieces of You
By Claudia Gray
Genre: Parallel Universes (know this isn’t an actual genre, but deal.)
Reading Level: Medium(ish)
Review: 5 / 5
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. (Goodreads)
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HOLY GUACAMOLE! Guys, I have found one of my favorite books of the year – and it is this one! For real, this book is amazing. I know I am a complete sucker for parallel universes, which might be why I loved this book so much, but I loved everything else as well. For some reason, I haven’t seen all that much hype surrounding this book – not in my ‘book-circles’ anyway – which is strange because it is incredible.
Plot-wise, I thought the author did a really good job describing how the parallel-universe-traveling worked; usually, authors are like, “And then this magical thing happened and BAM! Another universe,” which isn’t exactly very convincing. So, in that sense, I thought Gray did a very good job by applying so much physics to it. However, I was a little meh in the beginning because Gray kind of just threw us into the story, rather than easing us in. I don’t like that in novels – I want to be spoon-feed in the beginning – but Gray explained things along the way, until, after a while, I completely forgave the beginning.
Plus, as I am completely gullible – PLOT TWISTS everywhere! None of which I foresaw at all. Good job Gray.
Also, and I am not going to expand on this at all, but as I am right now studying the Russian Revolution, I thought a specific portion of this book was REALLY interesting. There. A small spoiler, but you’ll live.
I loved the characters – and how utterly complex they were. I thought things about them in the beginning, that never really stopped being true, but so many layers were added, that eventually they felt like different characters. Definitely no static characters here. And their emotions weren’t simple – there were moments when they didn’t know what to do/think, which is exactly how it is in real life as well.
And now, I need to spend a few sentences on the cover… it is the prettiest cover I have ever seen. THE. PRETTIEST. COVER. EVER. Guys, I saw this book on the internet a few months before it came out, and thought that it was the prettiest cover I had ever seen. And guess what? It is even prettier to look at in real life.
So… if you like books, then you’ll love this one! That is the only recommendation I can make. Or if you like Doctor Who – that as well.
Have a wonderfully well-read Sunday!