A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray


“Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother’s latest invention, a device called the Firebird that allows people to leap into alternate dimensions.

When Marguerite’s father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person – Paul, her parents’ enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul slips into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn’t count on Marguerite.

With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world, Marguerite leaps into, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Soon, she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.”

The reason I found this book was because I had left my keys at home so had to spend time waiting at the library near my house! This was in the young adult section and it was a great read. I’ve been quite busy recently (which is why there’s been a severe lack of reviews – sorry!) but I had a bit of a book binge at the weekend and I read this in two days flat which was very refreshing.

The style of writing was very sophisticated (which isn’t always the case with books which are branded ‘young adult’) and the mixture of themes running throughout the book worked very well together. It was adventurous, historical (at one point the characters leaped into a dimension that was much further behind with technology and was closer to the Victorian era or maybe even older), and had elements of romance as the book progressed. It was a story of grief, revenge and discovery crafted almost perfectly to become an enthralling novel (hence the 2 day reading time).

It was interesting to move through several different periods in time (although the characters weren’t actually time traveling, they we moving into parallel dimensions that had progressed at different rates) as in some historical/futuristic books you only experience one time period. For instance, the first place Marguerite travels to with Theo is very technological with lots of gadgets and gizmos, where as the next place there are no phones, planes or gadgets of any sort and the one after that they were living under water.

The theory that Marguerite’s parents came up with, was “the universe is in fact a multiverse….. Each dimension represents one set of possibilities….. everything that can happen does happen”. This means that there’s a dimension where the Nazis won ww2, where the Beatles never existed, where cars were invented 4 years earlier etc etc. This means that there could be a tiniest difference in dimensions, or a huge one, but there are basically an infinite amount of other dimensions. It’s a pretty cool idea right?!

The way the characters traveled to a dimension meant that instead of their physical body being transported, their mind/soul/essence/whatever-you-want-to-call-it would be transferred into the version of themselves that existed in the dimension they were traveling to. This made things quite interesting for Marguerite and Theo as it meant that they could turn up in any part of the world and in any situation and that they then had to act as ‘themselves’ for the duration that they were in that dimension.

It was a fabulous story, with a very unexpected and actually quite brilliant ending. I would recommend it to lovers of adventure, historical, romance, time travel (even though it isn’t technically time travel), and maybe even mystery.

5/5 rating.


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An aspiring cellist, I absolutely adore reading, and even if it means squeezing it into the cracks of my busy life I am still determined to read more! For me, a truly great novel isn't just flashy with a fast paced plot and glossy characters, it is good literature that traps you with every word and entices you to read on. I write quick-to-read book reviews on CreativeThoughtBubble, as well as occasionally publishing short stories of my own.

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