A Thousand Pieces of You

A Thousand Pieces of You

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You

Author: Claudia Gray

Series: Firebird, #1

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: November 4th 2014


Five Stars

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer – her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul – escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“Is he right, about my creating excitement where I can? Even being melodramatic?
You went on a half-baked vengeance quest against Paul using a totally untested experimental device, I think. He might possibly have a point.”

This book is actually a re-read for me. I read A Thousand Pieces of You for the first time so long ago I’d forgotten a lot of what happened so before starting the second book, and then agonising over the wait for the third, I decided to go back to the first one again. A Thousand Pieces of You is just as good as I remembered it being. I think this is one of those books I can read over and over again and I will probably still love it just as much as the first time I picked it up.

Marguerite has just lost her father. He was seemingly murdered by someone who was as close to her as her family was and she cannot understand why, and she cannot forgive. Fleeing through the multiverses, having stolen a Firebird and destroyed her parents work, Paul is on the run but Theo has two more Firebirds, untested but reliable, that Paul had no knowledge of. Whenever Paul jumps to another dimension Marguerite and Theo will follow him and when they catch him they will make him pay for what he did.

“Mathematical parallels. It’s plausible to hypothesize that these patterns will be reflected in events and people in each dimension. That people who have met in one quantum reality will be likely to meet in another. Certain things that happen will happen over and over, in different ways, but more often than you could explain by chance alone.”

However as Marguerite and Theo travel through the multiverses, constantly on Paul’s trail, Marguerite starts to question whether she really knows the full story behind what happened. And when she finally catches up with Paul he opens her eyes to what is really going on. The deeper Marguerite travels through more and more dimensions the more she learns about Wyatt Conley, his company, and his true plans for Marguerite and her family.

There are other dangers as well in all the dimensions Marguerite travels to, other than what she is discovering about Conley, that she needs to remain aware of. But no matter what universe she ends up in it seems Paul is never far away from her. His life seems to be entwined with hers in all the multiverse they arrive in.

…The Characters

“My hate is stronger than the dimensions, stronger than memory, stronger than time. My hate is now the truest part of who I am.”

Marguerite is not a scientist unlike everyone else in her family. She is an artist, she sees the truth in people and paints it on a canvas for all the world to see. She had feelings for Paul before believing he killed her father, and even after all she is left with is hatred and a desire for revenge she still can’t forget what he meant to her. When it comes down to it, when she is finally face to face with Paul, killing him isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. No matter how many dimensions Marguerite jumps to and how many alternate versions of herself she inhabits she always has the same core qualities; she is kind, loving, open, an artist in every incarnate, and her family is everything to her.

“I see the Paul I used to know. The one who made me feel like I might finally fall in love.”

Paul, when we get to know him, is someone who is willing to do what is dangerous, willing to give up everything for what he believes is right. He is determined to go to the ends of the earth, to flee across the many multiverses, if he can discover more about the threat being levelled against someone he loves. Paul is not like Theo, he is not confident in himself and doesn’t have a light-hearted rapport with Marguerite or anyone really. However he is really sweet and honestly I liked him so much better than Theo just because his actions seemed more real. He didn’t hide behind jokes or light-hearted flirting like Theo did.

I loved the relationship between Paul and Marguerite in this book. Even when she believed he killed her father Marguerite still cannot connect that fact with the Paul she once knew; the boy who was quiet and awkward, the boy who saw her art for what it really was, the boy who made lasagne with her. However she cannot let him get away with what he’s done, until she sees his reaction when he learns of her father’s death and Marguerite starts to doubt what she through she knew about his role in it. Even when she is unsure of his motivations Marguerite knows he won’t hurt her. Like she is the same Marguerite in every alternate Paul is the same as well, his core qualities stay the same.

“I meant it when I said I didn’t believe in love at first sight. It takes time to really, truly fall for someone. Yet I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely. Part of you belongs to him; part of him belongs to you. After that, you can’t take it back, no matter how much you want to, no matter how hard you try.”

Marguerite’s relationship with her family plays a large part in this book. When in dimensions far far away from her home her mother, father and sister are never far from her thoughts. And as she sees many multiverses where she has lost everyone, lost her mother, lost Paul, she still thinks of the family she left behind. For Marguerite her loyalty and love for her family mean everything to her. She proves more than once she is willing to go to the ends of the world for the people she cares about. She loves very easily but it’s a great quality in her character.

…The Setting

“The universe is in fact a multiverse. Countless dimensions exist, all layered within one another.
Each dimension represents one set of possibilities. Essentially, everything that can happen does happen…Every possibility, every time fate flips a coin, splits the dimensions yet again, creating yet more layer of reality. It goes on and on forever, to infinity.”

The only science qualification I have are my GCSE’s, so I’m in no way going to pretend I understand all of the background behind how the Firebirds work and the alternate  dimensional travel at play in this book. It is explained, probably really well, but I couldn’t wrap my head around it. There seemed to be a lot of explanations around the alternate worlds as well as all the maths and science behind it, which don’t get me wrong was interesting, but at times it felt like too much. What I loved was seeing all the worlds Marguerite travelled to. An alternate London where technology has moved forwards years ahead of what Marguerite is used to, an alternate Russia where the Tsars still rule and Marguerite is a Princess, an alternate version of Marguerite’s home with only a few subtle differences, and an alternate version of the world where the advanced state of global warming has sent  Marguerite and her family to live underwater. I loved the idea that a few changes in history could have a massive effect on the world as we know it, and I felt it was really well explored in this book.

I loved the exploration of all the different multiverses, it was what first drew me to this book, and now I’ve finished I can’t wait to jump back into the Firebird series and continue the journey. This was a brilliant story, with an underlying plot and villain which seems to jump out of nowhere though they were always lurking in the background. Now I’ve finished A Thousand Pieces of You I can’t wait to start Ten Thousand Skies Above You.

What did you think of A Thousand Pieces of You? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

20 thoughts on “A Thousand Pieces of You

  1. This is going to be a book that I binge read with the sequel before the third comes out because I am awkward like that hahahaha. The cover is what dragged me towards this book in the first place, but the premise sounds so interesting, I’m excited to read it!

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    1. It means you won’t have a really long wait for the last book! I should start doing that with series on my to-read list!
      It was the same for me, the cover is literally the reason I picked this book up in the first place, but it’s so beautiful it’s kind of impossible not to be drawn in by it a little. It’s a great book so I really hope you like it when you start it!


  2. I haven’t read the book yet and honestly bought it because the cover is GORGEOUS! Your review has really made we want to read it, alas I have several I have to read before I can get to it. Great review and breakdown of the components of the book!

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    1. Thanks! I’m glad you liked my review so much. And I would highly highly recommend this book because it is amazing, I hope when you get around to it you love it just as much as I did.
      I love the cover designs for this whole series! It’s what made me pick the books up in the first place 😀

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    1. Thanks Marie! And yes, everything I loved about this book the first time I read it was still there the second time. I’ve heard so many good things about the seconding too, I think a lot from you 😀 I’m going to start it tomorrow so once I’ve finished we can definitely fangirl over it! 🙂

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    1. It’s a brilliant book, and oh yes the cover for A Thousand Pieces of You (and the whole series actually) is gorgeous beyond belief. It’s definitely what drew me to the first book 🙂
      I really hope you like this book if you do decide to pick it up, and thanks, I’m glad you liked my review!

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  3. I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile now, I’m really liking the idea of multiverses and the gorgeous covers of all the books don’t hurt either. I think I might wait until A Million Worlds With You is released though so that I don’t have to wait for months.

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    1. Those were the two things that drew me to this book as well, the cover and the idea of the multiverses. It was mainly the covers though 😀
      I feel like it’s a smart idea to wait for the release of the third book. I know as soon as I finish the second I’m gonna be complaining about the long wait for the last book, especially if the second ends on a cliffhanger like I’ve heard!
      I really hope you love this series when you do pick it up though 🙂

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  4. This book has been sitting on my shelf for like two years. I really need to get around to reading it. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews and knowing that you loved it has definitely helped motivate me! Hopefully I can get around to (finally) picking it up soon!

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    1. Oh I would highly HIGHLY recommend picking this book up ASAP. It’s so amazing and honestly the second one is even better so you’ll have that to look forwards to as well 😀
      Yay! I’m glad my review motivated you, there are a lot of good reviews out there for this book (and the series) and from what I’ve read it definitely deserves them so I’m sure you’ll love it as well 🙂


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