Happy Saturday, guys!
Like many books that I absolutely loved, I sat on A Million Worlds With You for a bit, so I could ruminate on the book a bit.
Because guys, I've never really felt like I've read the perfect end to a trilogy before, until I read this book. Claudia Gray has created a perfect conclusion to not only Marguerite's trials, but also ot her beautiful study on the impact of the multiverses as a study of morality, self-determination and growth.
Published November 1st 2016 by HarperTeen
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead. Even though Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse.
In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites...and only one can win.
Because it wasn't just a brilliant conclusion to a trilogy that I've enjoyed. It was also a continuation and culmination of a journey that I've really enjoyed traveling alongside with Marguerite. Gray brings us back into her world, as she learns that the Triad has more plans for the other universes.
They're looking to destroy other universes to accomplish a singular goal, with the help of the Triadverses's Marguerite, a girl who is willing to do whatever she can to accomplish her goal. It's up to Marguerite and a damaged Paul to pull out all the stops to put an end to the Triad's work permanently...
Like the first two books in the trilogy, the broader plot of A Million Worlds With You involves Marguerite and Paul jumping from universe, working to undo the harm that the Triad has steadily been causing. We revisit worlds that we're familiar with - the Londonverse and the Warverse - but also jump into worlds we haven't seen before, each more dangerous than the last.
Because this time, each jump into a new world involves life-and-death scenarios, triggered by the Triad's Marguerite, and left up to our Marguerite and Paul to fix. But it's the act of fixing those scenarios which serves as the central theme of A Million Worlds... because Marguerite is starting to genuinely comprehend just how jumping from universe to universe can leave behind ramifications that resonate far beyond just a simple visit.
There's family drama, relationship problems, unexpected consequences, and even a relationship rift between Paul and Marguerite. Marguerite and her family, alongside Paul and Theo are basically being forced to play god in ways that they never expected with the Firebird technology, and Gray smartly challenges them and the reader to understand just how this (and all other) technology can be both the best and worst of all worlds.
Along the way, Marguerite is repeatedly challenged in her relationship with Paul. They are forced to truly understand their love and what they're willing to sacrifice in the name of the relationship, and it's these ebbs and flows where Gray smartly and intelligently shows discerning readers, just what a genuine relationship should be.
The book ends on a firm and welcome note, but I can't help but hope we'll see these characters again, someday. Highly recommend, full stop.
For the science-fiction fans, it's a reminder that imagination is limitless and like Marguerite's parents, can be used to build inventions that will challenge and stretch our minds beyond all measure. Gray's subsequent exploration
For the romance fans, Paul and Marguerite's relationshp continues to evolve throughout this final book. Gray spins a beautiful reminder of how love often isn't easy, but it's the willingness to surmount those obstacles that makes a relationship worth it even more, in the end.
For those who are looking a book who challenges their understanding of morality and friendship, this is also the book for you. Marguerite has been endlessly challenged throughout the three books on her role in influencing and dictating the lives of the other Marguerties, and the morality of her actions, especially when it impacts loved ones. Gray asks probing questions and draws unforgettable connections, where readers will most definitely come out changed for the better on the other side.
And for those who want a smart, kick-ass heroine who has proven that she can grow and learn in each tale, this is the book for you.
Finally, for anyone who wants a trilogy that will challenge your understanding of your individual identity, make you question your role in the world, and your own strength, this is the book for you. Marguerite conquers multiverses to become the heroine that we all want and need, full stop.
Highly recommend both book and trilogy.
About the author
Claudia Gray, the pseudonym of New Orleans–based writer Amy Vincent, is the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Visit her online at www.claudiagray.com.