Book Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

November 23, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 3 ★★★★★

Book Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia GrayTitle: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #2
Published by: HarperTeen on November 3, 2015
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 432
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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.
The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

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: A Thousand Pieces of You
Also by this author: A Thousand Pieces of You

One Line: Utterly engrossing and unputdownable!

In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!

As much as I loved the first book, the second book was just as amazing, if not slightly better. There is a lot more action, we delve deeper into the sci-fi, the lines of love and family get blurred in all kinds of way, and we visit plenty of unique and interesting dimensions. It’s been getting exceedingly harder and harder to find a book that truly captures and holds my attention, but this book and this series has done just that. Gray does an outstanding job at tackling the “multiple dimensions” theme. She makes it simple for readers to understand, yet she doesn’t take away from the complexity of the theme itself. I found myself so mesmerized with the storyline and Gray’s take on parallel universes. I was even more engrossed with the characters and how they differed from dimension to dimension.

Marguerite was an excellent character yet again and I love that I can easily connect with her. She’s highly relatable, grounded, and likable. It also helps that although she knows her fair share of the Firebird project and the complicated aspects of multiverse traveling, she’s still very much an outsider and she views the topic as such, which helped me, as a reader, grasp the subject matter better because it was threw her eyes. In regards to the story itself, I really felt for Marguerite, trying her best to rescue Paul. While I think she could’ve been a litter more resourceful and productive when it came to carrying out Conley’s wishes and saving Paul, she did her best and I think it fit with her in how mixed up she became in each world. I wish we could’ve seen more of her Paul, or even the imperial Russia Paul (swoon). Of the ones we do see, I didn’t really care for, to be honest, but that might just be the point of the storyline between him and Marguerite thus far. We did get plenty of Theo though and I really like him. He’s got that charming and funny personality that I like and even thought he and Marguerite don’t have the relationship they could have, their connection is pretty strong and definitely has some intense moments. For those of you on Theo’s team, you should be somewhat pleased to see so much of him.

I felt like the first book painted a nice picture of the Firebird project and gave us a delicious taste of dimensional travel, but this book gets to the meat of the conspiracy and you might just be surprised who is behind it all. Not only do we get a lot of the scientific aspect of it, without it coming off as analytical and boring, we also get a good amount of theoretical/spiritual beliefs that let you see how fate and the soul ties into life. And she does it in a way that has you totally enthralled. I really did not want to put this book down.

It’s been awhile since I read the first book, but I remember loving it so much, so I had high hopes for the sequel. Thank goodness it lived up the expectation and surpassed it better than I could’ve imagined. If you’re already fan of the first book, you’ll want to dive into this immediately and yet, savor it as much as possible. It’s seriously THAT. GOOD. I didn’t want it to end! I would’ve gotten the series for my shelves because of the gorgeous covers alone (it’s so hard for me to resist a pretty cover), but I am so happy that I actually love the series, too. And, OMG, that ending?!?! I knew Gray was going to throw a twist at us, but she totally tortures us with that cliffhanger ending. I am dying for the next book!

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