Author: Claudia Gray.
Published: November 4th 2014 by Harper Teen.
Sort: Firebird #1.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
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.
This was a hard review to write, because I don’t have much to say about A thousand pieces of you. This is a typical 3-star book for me. It was good, but nothing spectacular and I think I will forget about this soon. But for now, let us stare for a while at the beautiful cover *stares*
Marguerite’s dad recently passed away and she’s trying to deal with the fact that it’s all because of Paul, her parent’s beloved assistant. He escaped into another dimension with their invention, the Firebird, so when Theo gives her the opportunity to follow Paul into different dimensions she jumps right into this adventure. It’s time to get her revenge.
I was surprised by the setting of this book. Parallel universes can be quite tricky, but Claudia crafted a nice, balanced explanation with enough information to make sense without getting too overwhelming. There is another personality of you in every parallel universe and when you jump, you take over that body until you jump again. Sure, there were things that didn't make sense (where stays your body in your real life?), but I've seen worse. I liked how every Marguerite had her own way of living and she’s even a Princess is one of them. That was by far my favorite universe.
Marguerite was sometimes a bit naive and it was easy to make her believe you, but she wasn’t stupid. This gave her a flawed, realistic personality I warmed up for. It’s great how she was set on getting revenge for her father’s death. It was obvious she had a good relationship with her family and I think I would do the same without any hesitation. I also liked how her unique ability to have no memory loss after a jump isn’t emphasized too much. I often have a feeling the author try to make us feel the main character is the most special girl in the world. Here, it’s just something that sets her apart from other jumpers. It’s a dangerous gift.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about Theo or Paul and how this turned out into a hint of love-triangle. It’s nothing too bad or overwhelming – this book is all about setting up other dimensions – but it could have been avoided. I did have a preference for Paul and I was quite charmed by him when Marguerite. The romance was nevertheless a very weak part in this book.
Like I said, it wasn’t a bad book by any means, but not very memorable. I’m still curious about the sequel though. This book held a good promise for more.