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 was a reread for me. I read this book years ago, closer to its release date. I borrowed it from my library because I loved Gray’s Evernight series when the vampire craze was still ongoing. Also, the cover totally jumped out at me because it is just stunning.
The premise of this story is an interesting one. Traveling to parallel universes sounds wild and exciting and slightly terrifying. All of that is shown in Marguerite’s adventure. I wanted more of that. We get to see her travel to three alternate realities. Some were almost identical to Marguerite’s home reality, and others were incredibly different. I wanted more of the different possible realities (though I expect we will get more in the next two books.)
I loved the science in all of it. We’re learning everything from Marguerite who is less involved in the sciences than the rest of her family and more interested in painting and the arts. I find myself really enjoying books that feature painters and artists as the main character because they just have a way of looking at the world in terms of colors and textures and it always makes a more beautiful and visual story. So, we get to know the science as Marguerite understands it and I think that was a great way to make it a more accessible story. I’m not one to understand physics or science in any in-depth manner, so this was great for me.
After finishing this story, I feel like so much happened but also like not much happened. It’s such a short book that things happened pretty quickly. It’s all action all the time right from the very first page. It was a pretty fast-paced story, almost rushed but right on the border of too fast and just fast enough.
Overall, I enjoyed this book but I’m excited to see where the next book goes and if we can delve further into the other realities. I’m interested to see where Marguerite’s story will go next and how the big bad will be defeated. If you’re a fan of lighter science fiction, or newly trying to get into science fiction this might be a good book for you.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.