Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Type: Library Loan
Genre: SciFi, Fantasy, Romance, YA
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. [From Goodreads]
Quote that I felt summed up the book for me:
""In other words," I said, "you're trying to prove the existence of fate.""
I have to admit I went into this book with absolutely no idea what it was about only that I had seen the cover on my instagram feed so many times that I had become increasingly curious about the book. So, when I saw the book at my library I grabbed it automatically and I must say I'm surprised at how much I ended up loving it.
Claudia Gray has built this amazingly complex world where you can travel to different dimension yet there's a catch; the main character is out to kill someone she think's murdered her father and dimension travel requires taking over that dimension's version of yous body. Which of course means that that dimension's you takes the backseat and has someone else controlling their body. Or is it really someone else since it's just a different version of you? Throw in a bit of romance, misunderstanding, and secrets and you have the makings of a wild adventure that can pull a reader in and make them want to not stop reading.
I found the world and the characters in all their flaws absolutely beautiful and I loved how she made the plot complex because it's not just about how messed up and dangerous the world has become for the main character and everyone she cares about because of dimension travel but it's also a story about fate. It's like it's several different stories in one. On one hand you have the danger but then you have this theory that one of the characters believes in about how no matter what universe the same people are always meant to find each other. In other words the character wants to scientifically prove the existence of fate and destiny. I found that beautiful.
So if you're looking for an action pact story with all it's dangers and suspense but at the same time want a bit of romance then this book is perfect for you. So run to your local library or bookstore because you won't regret it.
I for one can't wait for the next book so I can continue the journey with the characters!
About The Author:
Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/ or inexplicable.
Visit her online at www.claudiagray.com [From the back of the book]