A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Released: November 4th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages/Hours: 368 pages / 9 hrs 18 mins
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BOOK SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS
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.
WHAT I LOVED.
I’m a little late to the party with this book, it came out in 2014 and the last book came out in 2016. The ONLY reason I’m just now hearing about it is because I saw it on someone’s list of beautiful book covers. And holy CRAP is it a GORGEOUS BOOK COVER!!! I’ve gotten into trouble before by following a pretty face (damn you Defy the Stars! …wait. omg I’m only just now realizing that Claudia Gray ALSO WROTE DEFY THE STARS. DAMN HER AND HER BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVERS!) But luckily this one lives up to the cover! It’s such an easy read, and of course my Fringe loving ass will devour anything that involves multiple dimensions.
THIS BOOK HAS EVERYTHING
- Inter-dimensional travel
- Russian Grand Tzars
- Deep Sea Research Facilities
- Fancy Trains
- Boy Fights
Basically all the OTP AU’s smashed together!
And while it’s a fun adventure galavanting around through different dimensions, at it’s core this book is a soapy romance and you either love it or you don’t. It’s best to go in knowing what its going to be, and not expecting it to be like an action/adventure situation.
ALSO. The narrator, Tavia Gilbert, really goes hard for this! She does so many different accents and voices, and she REALLY milks the emotional moments. Sometimes that can be annoying, but I enjoyed her performance!
Unrelated but this would be a GREAT show for The CW!
WHAT WAS MEH.
I was a little annoyed by the jumping back and forth in time as the story unfolds, I understand why but it wasn’t enough to establish that Paul and Marguerite had an actual relationship to merit all the drammmaaaaaaaaa she’s got going on with him! They basically spend zero time together! And when we jump back into the past, it’s always like Marguerite is thinking about it in the moment, instead of it unfolding in real time. Does that make sense?
So while I’m all for the angsty trials of finding your soulmate through EVERY world, in every dimension, it’s not like we really get to see them FALL in love with each other! Paul already loves her, and Marguerite falls in love with ANOTHER PAUL (Yeah yeah, I know they’re supposed to be the same blah blah but they’re NOT. He wasn’t her Paul!). I guess if I had figured out that this wasn’t a story of falling in love so much as BEING in love, I would have liked it a bit more.
Also didn’t feel like Theo and Paul were set up properly, you’re already a decent way into the book before you learn that they have a close relationship too. So it made it hard to trust Theo’s intentions?
Actually I didn’t feel like ANYONES relationship was set up. We are basically told what it is, and that they have these feelings, and off we go! Sometimes they jump back to tell us they cooked lasagna together or something, but it just didn’t really click.
Plus I have some ISSUES with the morality of jumping into another version of yourself and making choices and living their life in a way they wouldn’t. LUCKILY those are all things addressed in the second book!
Ah. TALL RUSSIANS. MY FAVORITE (😍Dimitri Belikov 4EVER!)
This is a weird one though because I see all the Paul’s as completely different people, where I think we’re supposed to see them as all parts (or a THOUSAND PIECES if you will) of a whole. They say it a lot that each person in a dimension IS and ISN’T the same as the person from the other dimensions, and I get that! But I’m still hung up on the ISN’T the same person, and if my boyfriend went jumping through dimensions having sex with different version of me I’d be piiIIIISSSSSEEEED.
BUT, the point is that he’s a hottie every time, everywhere! ! So I guess that’s all that matters? Like a tall, gentle, nerd boy that loves her without hope or expectation in aNY UNIVERSE I MEAN LIKE. COME ON. DESTINYYYYY!!!
Theo’s alright too I guess, I don’t know. Honestly he was just kinda THERE.
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Don’t get me STARTED on Marguerite sleeping with Lieutenant Markoff. I think that’s so shady, like bitch that’s NOT YO BODY!!! WHAT THE HELL.
I know they tackle that in the second one (whoops I already finished the second one) but STILL. Keep it in your pants girl.
I do have an issue with the Russia universe though. If Marguerite’s parents only had one child….wouldn’t that be Josie? Since she is their first born? How is Marguerite the one that exists in that universe? THAT DON’T MAKE NO SENSE.
Also the Theo thing wasn’t really surprising, but it unfolded in a really spectacular way that I still went “OH SHIT!”
I also have to say I was NOT expecting her father to actually be alive in the end. It seemed like such solid plot point, especially because she grieved so much and traveled to other dimensions where he was also dead, or still alive. I was really happy about it though. Sometimes we can have nice things
WORTH THE READ?
SURE! It’s super fun and if you like fanfiction au’s, this is the book for you!