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REVIEW: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Published by HarperTeen on 7th October 2014
Pages: 360
Source: *Received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

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.
A refreshingly unique novel, that will pull you into a new, intricately built world which you will not be able to help but be addicted to! This cover, I mean, there are no words. Simply beautiful!

Marguerites Mother and Father are well-known, well-respected scientists, who have invented the Firebird, a device which allows its wearer to travel to parallel universes. However, when Marguerite's father dies suddenly, she goes on a hunt to find his killer. Yet what she doesn't expect is the secrets that are soon unravelled.

The characters of this novel, they were strong and did what they had to do. They were not afraid to step into the unknown to help one-another. Marguerite was an intriguing protagonist. She was strong and loving, whilst not being afraid to be who she really was. I think the main aspect that dropped part of the star was the romance. Going into this novel I knew there was a love triangle, however having read Gray's previous series which too had a love triangle that I thoroughly enjoyed, I was more than happy to give it a go. But to be honest, it felt more like a love square. It was that one particular scene that had me rather confused as to why she would do it (you will know which scene I mean if you have read it! :0) ) and I think it really added an air of confusion and pause to the romance in the novel. However, apart from that, the romance was slow and sweet!

The plot of this novel. That is what really made A Thousand Pieces of You stand out from so many of the books I have read this year. It was fast-paced, intricate, and yet explained simply that the reader is able to easily understand what is going on, because it could have easily become confusing. It is such a refreshing plot, unlike anything I have read before, you were transported to completely different worlds that certainly tested your emotions. I loved the maths (my favourite subject!) and physics blended into the chapters, giving it a realistic atmosphere but explained simply enough; you were given the exact information that was needed, without it becoming too much. I believe the only thing that lost A Thousand Pieces of You that last half star was that the culprit was very predictable, I would have liked to have been more 'WOWED!'. But then, those twists, I mean, I was shocked and not expecting it at all.

Overall an incredibly unique and magical journey, that at times can be sad, however will certainly will have you craving the sequel Ten Thousand Skies Above You. And just look at its cover!

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