A Fast-Paced Interdimensional Travel Sequel

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By: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Source: Kaye Publicity

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.

My Thoughts:
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.

Final Thoughts:
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).

Review of A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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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:

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.


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.

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