A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.
Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.
First, the covers of these books are so beautiful I can’t help but sit and stare at all the small details. I really enjoyed the first of this series so I was excited to see where Gray would take her story and characters. I felt that this second installment was a good follow-up though not as enjoyable to me as the first.
The pacing was about the same and though there was a lot of pages focused on the emotions regarding Paul and Marguerite very little time was spent with the two of them together. I missed some of their chemistry a bit but I was so happy to see Gray acknowledge just how creepy it was for someone to be borrowing their ‘other’ body in another dimension. The idea of jumping consciousness brings up so many questions about ethics I was most fascinated with the characters pondering those things in this book.
I love how this series jumps between settings and how the different dimensions are handled. Gray created such detailed worlds that are so easy to picture and get lost within. I love that some are very much different than our own but others are only slightly changed. I never can stop thinking about that old Simpsons episode, Time and Punishment, where Homer created a time machine and traveled back through time. His actions cause a ripple affect and cause his time period to change. He eventually felt that he’d figured things out only to realize there are no donuts. He was devastated and the episode ends with it raining- but rain in this world was donuts. For some reason, these books ALWAYS brings that episode to mind for me! <—I know that was totally random.
Regardless, these books bring so many questions to mind and really get you pondering about what it would feel like to have yourself from another dimension invade your body. I know that I would feel completely violated even if it were another version of myself. In this sequel we get to see some of the outcomes of Marguerite’s actions from the first book. I’m very impressed with how well Gray carried elements from the first book into the sequel and I know the next book will weave them all together wonderfully.
Do be aware! This one ends on a cliff-hanger. I wasn’t all that surprised with the ending but it did leave things pretty painfully open and some readers will be frustrated in having to wait for the next book.
Claudia Gray has created such a fun, fast paced look at traveling through dimensions and really addressed ethical questions while doing so. I find these books to be incredibly captivating though a tad over-dramatic on the romance front (situations are totally understandable but still a bit much for me personally).