Series: Firebird #1
Published by: Harper Audio, HarperTeen on November 4, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
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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.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Also by this author: Ten Thousand Skies Above You
One Line: A standout in the parallel dimension/time travel genre with massive potential.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Time travel or parallel universe storylines are always a bit iffy for me. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t. In this case, it worked. Gray’s idea of a firebird, a device that allows its user to travel through dimensions, was pretty interesting. I liked how she incorporated the physics into it and made it seem like something that could possibly happen, despite the improbability of it all. Yes, you will be left confused at times, as it tends to be with books in this genre, but the storyline moved pretty well and I genuinely liked Marguerite. The guys didn’t impress me so much, but that was okay.
As interesting as the storyline is, it is rather predictable. I could easily figure out that Margeurite misunderstood things, I knew who betrayed her family, and I knew who was behind it all. Everything was pretty obvious. Still, even though I figured everything out way before Marguerite did, it didn’t make me like the story any less. Luckily, the characters and the different dimensions entertained me more than enough to make up for the predictability of the storyline.
In this book we travel to alternate versions of England, Russia, and even a world where most people live underwater. How cool is that? Visualizing each world really made the book for me, my favorite being Russia, and I think Gray did such a great job with this aspect. Marguerite, despite being a bit clueless at times, was a decent main character. Much of this book was about the importance of family and appreciating them. There’s also quite a bit of romance, not just between Meg and her two love interests. I didn’t really have a clear side in her romances simply because I didn’t particularly care for either one. They’re both okay, but the romance itself, except for maybe one scene in Russia, didn’t wow me.
I have to give a quick nod to the book’s mention of Schrodinger’s cat, a gem I learned from The Big Band Theory. Love!
While I could’ve seen this thing being wrapped up in just one book, Gray did leave things open enough that it could span a couple books without it being a drag. I really hope the next book doesn’t turn out to be a filler, as second books tend to be, because it just doesn’t work with this kind of genre, in my opinion. It’s safe to say that I will most definitely be adding this book to my shelves, if not for the gorgeous cover alone, and I will be checking out the next book to see what happens next.
Thoughts on the Narrator
I have to give Tavia credit for her awesome narrating skills. Having to travel through various dimensions, we wind up in different countries and the characters all have various accents, like English and Russian. Tavia was able to transition seamlessly between them all, in both male and female voices, with such flair and precision, it made the listening experience so enjoyable. I highly recommend you giving this book a try in the audio format as it made the book even more amazing and I have seriously become a fan of Tavia.