A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
A thousand lives.
A thousand possibilities.
As the daughter of two brilliant physicists, Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by wild scientific theories, always encouraged to imagine the improbable or even the impossible. But when her father is murdered, Marguerite’s life is turned upside down. All the evidence points to one person- Paul, her parents’ handsome, enigmatic protégé. Before the law can touch him, though, Paul uses Marguerite’s mother’s latest invention- a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into alternate dimensions- to escape.
With the help of another physics students, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul throughout various dimensions, determined to avenge her father. Her parents theorized that people who have met in one reality will be likely to meet in another… that key moments will happen over and over, in different ways. But when Marguerite leaps into each new world, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Before long she realizes that what happened to her father may be more complex, and more sinister, than she ever dreamed.
Marguerite is swept into an epic love affair that feels both dangerous and inevitable in New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s glorious new trilogy.
Thoughts on the book: Claudia Gray is became one of my favourite authors after I started reading her Evernight series back when it first came out. When I saw that she was writing another series I had to review her latest book so sent a request to HarperCollins Australia and was lucky enough to receive my first review book from them. I was so excited and the book certainly didn’t let me down.
A Thousand Pieces of You is the story of Marguerite Caine, who we learn at the start of the book, has just lost her father. What follows from here is an amazing time travelling dimension story where Marguerite goes through time trying to find out what happened on that fateful day. I was intrigued with the concept that Claudia wrote about, where it was possible with the recently invented Firebird device to travel throughout dimensions. When Marguerite would jump into another dimension she would inhabit the Marguerite in that dimension who would be slightly different to the one she was in her present day one. It was really interesting to read how just the littlest things would be different but would make a huge impact on the life that she jumped into. I especially loved her in the Russian dimension and really felt for her with what she went through in it and even shed a few tears. I found the whole concept of dimension jumping fascinating and could possible see how it could come into effect with the technology that is being produced these days.
I must admit that at the start of the book I was team Theo all the way and couldn’t stand Paul at all for what he had supposedly done. But upon reading what happened in Russia I fell hard for him and from that moment was Team Paul all the way and was cheering whenever he entered a scene. You could just feel the love that Marguerite and Paul shared throughout each dimension, even though at times they were sceptical of it. It was heartwarming to me to thin that there might be other dimensions out there that might be slightly different to the ones here but that the epic love stories that we have will be the same.
I couldn’t seem to put A Thousand Pieces of You down and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the trilogy. Job well done Claudia Gray!
Favourite character: Of course Marguerite is my favourite character. From having her whole world ripped away from her the moment the book starts she picks herself up and is off doing whatever she can to figure out what happened to her father. Throughout the book she is put into some really terrifying situations that any other person would have turned around and fled from, but she picks herself up and tries to embody what this Marguerite was like in that dimension. She finds love but then isn’t sure if it’s the real thing in her reality because it happened with someone who she knew and cared deeply for, but they weren’t wearing the Firebird so she doesn’t really understand if it was the same person or not (confusing I know but once you read the book you will understand).
Paul says, ‘If not for yourself, my lady, stay alive for me.’
Our eyes meet.
His next words are a whisper. ‘I have no need for a world without you in it.’