Thursday, June 2, 2016

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You

A Thousand Pieces of You
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Format: Kindle Book
My Rating: ★

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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.

I’m going to be honest here, I definitely judged a book by its cover when I decided to click “want to read” on GoodReads . When this book was released I thought, “oooh…pretty cover, I’ll read that later.” I literally did not read the summary, because if I did I probably would have read it a lot sooner. It wasn’t until I read a little book called Lost Stars that I was like “Oh, that Claudia Gray, I should read her other books.” …and why the hell did I wait so long to read this book?!?

First off, I think I loved Marguerite from the start because she is a sarcastic little shit. I love characters that use humor as a defense mechanism. One of my favorite quotes in the book was when she was talking about what people think when they find out she is homeschooled: “They assume it’s super religious and not very difficult, like we sit around all day learning God made dinosaurs for the cavemen to ride.” I quite literally laughed out loud. She might not be as classicially “smart” as her genius parents, but I think Marguerite had this common sense that I found so refreshing in YA.

I’m a fan of The Flash, and the idea of the multiverse fascinates me, so I was super interested in the plot. I also love the Quantum Leap-esque way that they travel from different dimensions by jumping into the body of your other self. I liked that because it kind of removed the paradox of not meeting your doppelgänger, because you essentially become your doppelgänger. I’m about it! I also think it really makes you think about moral good, and if science can do something like this, should you really do it?

There was a part of me that had reservations about this novel and this is because it seems like it was going to do the whole love triangle thing. I hate love triangles, and I wish we could stop seeing them in literature. The thing I liked about this book is that Gray has Marguerite make that choice at the end of the book, so I’m hoping the next books in this series doesn’t even talk about that.

There were a few things that I predicted about the plot. I was not sold on Paul being the bad guy early on, and I knew there was something else going on, so at times It was predictable to me; however it didn’t make me want to like this book less. I think this is just a cause of reading way too much sci-fi, and being able to predict certain things but it didn’t make me like the book any less. If you have any interest in parallel worlds and the science behind how that could come to be, I would highly recommend this one. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

Happy Reads Everyone!