Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction, Romance
Number of Pages: 368
My Rating: 5 Stars!
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: I’ll start off by saying that this is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year. I know it’s only March, but I’ve read nearly forty books already this year. I actually loved this one so much that I’m debating putting up a Book Talk (which would include spoilers), so let me know in the comments if you guys would be interested in that sort of thing (both for this book and in general).
I haven’t read much of anything that dealt with time travel. I’ve read a few parallel universe books, but nothing like this. I’m fascinated by the thought of being able to travel into the body of another “you” in an entirely different world. I’ll admit, I went into this book not expecting to enjoy the time travel aspects. Science fiction makes me a little wary sometimes. I was clearly pleasantly surprised.
The characters were solid. I thought that Theo was a little over bearing at times, but I came to accept that trait of his. Marguerite was smart, not to mention brave. I applauded her ability to adapt to whatever world she ended up in when traveling, no matter how obscure and treacherous that world may be. Trust me when I say that some of the worlds she ended up in were precarious. Paul… I actually like Paul. I couldn’t help it. I took a shining to him from the very beginning. Curse my strange “bad boy” complex.
The twists and turns in this book were pretty crazy. There were some points, especially towards the middle/end, where I had to put down the book because my jaw dropped and I screamed “WHAAAAAATTTT???” or “NOOOOOOOOO!” (and then I had to subsequently apologize to my fiance, who was sitting right next to me). I honestly didn’t expect some of the things that happened. I had some serious mind blown moments…
Guys, seriously. Read it. Get to your local library, or your bookstore, or whatever and read this freaking book. In case you weren’t already aware, I give this title five out of five stars.