Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Harper Teen
Format read: ARC via publisher
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.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.
This is one of those times.
I pretty much knew from the get-go that I would enjoy A Thousand Pieces of You. I've always liked the idea of multiverses, and the idea of a girl who has to leap into those universes a la Sliders, just sounded too good to resist. What I didn't expect though, was just how much I would love this book. It's creative and inventive, but it's a book with concepts, relationships and a romance, that kept me thinking long after I had finished reading.
Claudia Gray introduces us to Marguerite, a seventeen-year-old budding artist who is on the verge of doing the most difficult thing she's ever done in her life: leap into a different universe to try and track down her father's killer. To make matters worse, the suspected killer is Paul Markov, an enigmatic young graduate student that Marguerite had only recently begun viewing with very different eyes.
But from the instant that Marguerite steps into a different universe, things begin unwinding quickly. She learns that her understanding of how multiverses work is only a fraction of the reality, and her father's death is far more complicated than expected. To top it off, she's beginning to understand that there are some things, like love, which are universal no matter which universe you may currently be in.
Gray has created a story that is part science-fiction adventure, part revenge tale and part romance, all of which adds up to an enthralling tale. From the moment that readers make that first leap with Marguerite, Gray shows us that despite the differences between the universes, individuals and concepts are always inclined to develop in a way that show a degree of adaptable universality. Marguerite's parents are brilliant scientists in every world and always find each other, while Marguerite always finds a love of art.
But beyond that, emotional intentions are always inclined to develop the same way. Marguerite quickly learns that romantic interest from Theo and Paul are universal wherever she goes, while she will likely always struggle with the same emotions, regardless of which Marguerite she happens to be. Similarly, certain more sinister intentions from external science fiction forces are likely to develop along the same lines as well.
While the primary focus of the book is on the science fiction and romantic elements, Gray also makes it a point to include some intriguing questions on the morality of jumping through universes and inhabiting the you of that universe. Marguerite in particular, is faced with making choices that is right for her, but may have long-lasting ramifications long after she leaves that Marguerite behind. I can easily anticipate parents, educators and readers using the questions that are brought up by Marguerite's realization that jumping through worlds will create ramifications, and discussing just how they would handle said ramifications.
With beautiful writing, stunning world-building and a protagonist with a personality and a story that will keep a reader on their toes, this is one book from Claudia Gray that readers won't want to miss. I know that I was absolutely blown away after reading this, and I believe that you will be too.
(And BONUS: This is the first book in a trilogy, so we have more Marguerite and Paul to look forward to!)
For the science fiction fans, Claudia Gray has penned a tale that will have readers questioning the possibility of multiverses, and how the small choices in those respective universes, can lead to vastly different outcomes. Marguerite jumps into universes that are both vastly similar and incredibly different from her home universe, and it'll intrigue readers to imagine how each universe evolved into what she finds in the present.
For the romance fans, the relationships between Marguerite, Theo and Paul, will definitely make the hearts of readers swoon everywhere. Gray innately understands just how one girl can be attracted to two very different men and vice versa, and shows just how that attraction beautifully and effortlessly evolves into something more.
For the adventure/mystery-fans, there's plenty of thriller moments, which will keep hearts racing, and attention focused.
Finally, for those who are looking for a kick-ass heroine who fearlessly leaps into unknown dimensions to face obstacles unknown, this is the book for you. Marguerite is brave, intelligent and charming, with a keen mind and sly sense of humor that slips in just at the right times. This is one girl who is going to take charge of anything and everything life throws at her in any universe, and readers will undoubtedly be counting down until they can leap into a new universe with Marguerite again.
I highly recommend this book for all readers, but especially for fans of Lauren Miller and Erica Rourke's Dissonance.
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.