Original title : A Thousand Pieces of You
Author : Claudia Gray
First published in : 2014
Genre : sci-fi, romance
Edition : HarperTeen
Pages : 357
Status : read from 08/17/18 to 08/22/18
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Synopsis : Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother’s last invention – a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into alternate dimensions.
When Marguerite’s father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person – Paul, her parents’ enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul escapes into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn’t count on Marguerite. She doesn’t know if she can kill a man, but she’s going to find out.
With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps to, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Is she doomed to repeat the same betrayal?
As Marguerite races through these wildly different lives – a grand duchess in a Tsarist Russia, a club-hopping orphan in a futuristic London, a refugee from worldwide flooding on a station in the heart of the ocean – she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.
Review : You have to know that I wanted to read this novel for a while now but didn’t take the time to do so earlier. This Summer, I decided to finally have a break with press copies and reads for work and I was sure it was the right time to read A Thousand Pieces of You. I wasn’t wrong at all! When I read the first chapters, I was a little bit afraid I wouldn’t like it, to be honest. Indeed, lots of details were given but without any explanation. I didn’t know the characters, what they were talking about and didn’t understand what the plot was about. I really thought I started the trilogy with the second book and not the first. But after two or three chapters, I finally understood what was going on, which links existed between the characters and what a firebird was. These main details made clear, it was easier for me to find interest in this story. And woah, I literally loved this novel! Now that I have finished it, I know why I was confused at the beginning: the universe the author created is such complex but perfectly mastered by her that we need a certain number of pages before knowing where we go. Each detail is given to the reader at the perfect time to keep a sort of tension and to lead him to think some things even if they are absolutely wrong. Claudia Gray certainly loves to play with us and we love how she does that! Her novel is an addiction. Once you have started it, you have to finish it as soon as possible and continue with the other books of the series.
Now, if I talk about the writing, the characters and the plot, I have to say that I have been totally convinced! Claudia Gray’s writing is beautiful, lots of her sentences can be made into inspirational quotes and warm our hearts. Several times, I almost cried reading this strong story. I love the way she describes things, the feelings she puts into her words and which we get when we read her. In a word, Claudia Gray is really talented and she deserves to be a bestselling author because she is made to write and share good stories like this one.
As for the characters, I liked the fact that they have different personalities but are the same in some ways. You probably don’t know what I am talking about if you haven’t read the book yet, but for those who have, you know what I mean. I loved the fact that in each dimension, some characters find each other back and have their love story no matter what. This is such a strong message, I needed that to feel good! Like many of you I guess, I think Marguerite and Paul are love story goal. I love them so much, I have big expectations about them in the next novels!
To conclude, I sincerely enjoyed this read. The plot, the universe, the writing and the characters were all perfect to me and were greater than I first thought and imagined. I knew that I would like a story like it, this is why I bought the three books at the same time without any hesitation, but I couldn’t know I would like it this much. You definitely should read it too!