Review of A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)A Thousand Pieces of You
By: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Finished Copy
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
Overall I found this to be a very entertaining book that was fast paced and a great start to a series. Gray’s writing, as usual, was easy to become immersed in. I really enjoyed how Gray presented her dimensional travel and the alternate worlds.

I felt that the strongest aspect of this book were the alternate realities and how different they were from one another. It was a lot of fun to see the characters adjusting to their surroundings and I also loved that in this book you ‘borrowed’ the body of your alternate self. I was equally creeped out and intrigued by this notion and what it would mean for the borrowed person.

Have you ever seen The Simpsons episode, Treehouse of Horror, where Homer travels through dimensions only to find one where no one knows what a donut is only to find out that their rain consists of donuts? It’s silly but some of the alternate worlds brought this to mind. Many things would be changed but people were still interacting with each other in similar ways. It was an intriguing notion that kept me thinking.

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I found myself questioning many things, such as the ethics of inter-dimensional travel, which was a nice surprise. I loved this element of the story because Gray had presented things so well that I found myself pondering if it was possible in our reality. I did not feel that there was an overload on the science behind dimensional travel which made it easier to focus on the story at hand.

I enjoyed the characters and found Marguerite a great main character. I thought her devotion to her mission was admirable but I was happy to see her question herself and the impact her actions had on others. There was a love triangle for those that can’t tolerate them. I found it fairly obvious who her heart was with pretty early on so it didn’t bother me all that much. Gray does present some interesting questions regarding other realities of the same person and how love might translate between dimensions.

So, with all these positives why not five stars? I honestly couldn’t say what was lacking but something felt missing for me that I’m unable to put my finger on. I was invested in the story and characters but somehow I was left feeling a bit meh. I found one dimension’s story to be far stronger than the other parts of the book (the Russia world) so it might have actually decreased my enjoyment of other parts of the story. I also found it to be a bit easy to predict in parts, especially some of the characters motivations.

Final Thoughts:
I found, on a whole, A Thousand Pieces of You to be a successful book. It was fast paced, emotionally engaging as well as thought provoking. Though it veered a bit on the predictable side to me the exploration of drastically different alternate realities was incredibly interesting and kept me glued to the book.

Don’t miss my giveaway for A Thousand Pieces of You!

US Giveaway for A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Today I’m excited to host a giveaway for Claudia Gray’s newest book, A Thousand Pieces of You. This book released yesterday. You’ve probably seen the cover…isn’t it beautiful?

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

I was thrilled to receive a copy of the book for review and also a copy to give to one of my lucky US readers. I read it last week and I’ll be posting my review tomorrow. Be sure to stop back by to read it.

About the book:
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.

Giveaway:
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Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

Can you believe Halloween is next week? Ah! Where did October go? I’m not ready for it to be ending yet. If you visit my blog regularly you’ll have noticed I’ve not posted but once this week. There was some craziness in the community last weekend concerning an author and a blogger friend that I’m pretty confident you’ve heard of. Well, this entire mess zapped away my enthusiasm and left me highly unmotivated. I had so many emotions concerning everything that happened I felt that taking a little bit of time would be beneficial.

I’m starting to feel the tiniest hint of motivation again so I’ve been attempting to write some reviews. Look for Made for You, The Lost, Every Breath and Black Ice to be up soon. As for reading I’ve been working on Mortal Heart which is amazingly well done as expected. After I finish I’ll go back to The Fall and I’m hoping to get in the mood to read some great middle grade books I have.

Also, if you didn’t see, I’m FINALLY on Instagram. If you’re interested you can follow me here.

Now to my latest book additions…

For Review- thank you HarperTeen, Quirk, Macmillan and Bloomsbury:

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 StoneintheSky2StartofMeandYou

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Gifts- I have the very best bloggy friends. So many hugs to Krys and Jon

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The only post I did this last week was a review for Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios. I do have a giveaway going for one of the below books. It’s a Twitter giveaway.

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How was your week in books?