Book: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
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.
First of all, let me just say…that cover art! I think this may be one of the most gorgeous book covers I’ve ever seen. And thank goodness for that, because I may not have found this book otherwise. I had just finished my audiobook and was browsing through the library for something new, blatantly judging the books by their covers. Nothing was catching my eye, and then this. I knew I had to read it.
This is one of those book series that I’m embarrassed to say I’d never read before now. Not only that, I’d never even heard of it! This book was published in 2014 and this is the first time I’d ever heard of it – what’s wrong with me?! I feel like I’ve only just discovered The Hunger Games or something. (Yes that’s how much I loved this book.)
The opening of this book was killer. It was seriously so good and I was hooked immediately. I’m fascinated by alternate realities, and this book took me on a journey across FIVE different dimensions. In each one, our protagonist Marguerite had to fit in to a slightly (or not so slightly) different life.
The plot was fascinating, the world-building was excellent, and the characters were so well written. In each and every form you grew to love the characters and recognise that although they were slightly different they also always retained that ‘sameness’ that comes from their unchangeable soul. All versions of Marguerite and her fellow dimension-traveling companions were captivating and I almost didn’t know who to root for (so I just rooted for all of them).
This book is mystery and science fiction and fantasy and romance – a complicated inter-dimensional romance, so get ready for the feels.
If you like audiobooks or have been intrigued but never tried one, this is a great one. The narrator was exceptional! So many accents, so many characters, and each was unique and easily distinguishable.
I could continue gushing about A Thousand Pieces of You, but I don’t want to get into spoiler territory. So I’ll simply say I loved this book, I’ve already got the next one queued up, and WHY DON’T MORE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK?!
If you’d like to check this one out for yourself (and you should) you can find it here: