A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is one of my favourite books. I read it three or four times since I got the book at the start of 2015 and a review was way overdue! I honestly can only be positive about this book. With part three of the Firebird trilogy coming out at the end of the year, I thought it was time for a reread and review!
“My hand shakes as I brace myself against the brick wall. Rain falls cold and sharp against my skin, from a sky I’ve never seen before. It’s hard to catch my breath, to get any sense of where I am. All I know it that the Firebird worked. It hangs around my neck, still glowing with the heat of the journey.”
Marguerite’s parents are genius scientists. Together with their research assistants Theo and Paul they created the Firebird. With the gadget, a person can travel to different dimensions. When Marguerite’s father is murdered, they all presume Paul is the killer. Together with Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through multiple dimensions with only one goal: to avenge her father’s murder.
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but admit it, it’s something we all do. The cover of A Thousand Pieces Of You is stunning, but the inside is even more beautiful! I absolutely love the story and even after reading it three times, I’m still amazed. After the first time I read it, I kept thinking about the different dimensions and the science behind it and destiny. It’s just so cool!
The story is told in both past and present. There’s always something interesting going on in the present and the past is told through flashbacks, which I really love. Sometimes flashbacks slow down the pace of a book, but that’s not the case. Most of the time, a flashback is necessary to understand the plot, other times it’s used to give the characters a backstory.
I love main character Marguerite. She’s not quite like the rest of her family. She’s not a genius, but an artist. I can’t really relate to her much, but I really enjoy reading about her. I love her relationships with Theo and Paul. There’s a love triangle, but it’s a good one! It’s a little bit like the Infernal Devices, but a little dramatic, hehe! And I know which guy I’m rooting for, Paul all the way! Speaking about Paul, I love him so much! Ahh! Really, can he be my book boyfriend?
The different dimensions are amazing. I’m not going to talk about the whole science behind it because I’d spoil, and you should just read it for yourself! The dimensions make the book really interesting because the book is set in multiple locations. Since Marguerite is an artist, she describes the dimensions as if she were painting them, which amazing details. I could easy imagine futuristic London and Russia that still has a Tsar!
I love how science and destiny/faith come together in A Thousand Pieces Of You, but you’ll probably have to read it to understand what I mean exactly. There’s lots of beautiful quotes and art and music references, from artists people will actually know (or most of them, at least.) Somehow this makes it super easy to lost yourself in the story and relate to the characters.
The writing style is nice and easy so it’s not difficult to understand the story. Even the science talk is understandable! The plot twists worked out really well and left no questions once they happened. The book was wrapped up perfectly. There wasn’t really a cliffhanger, but it’ll definitely make you want to read the sequel!
Check out this review with spoilers on Goodreads!
I have nothing negative to say about this book! It’s really well written, has a great plot and characters and the cover is stunning! It’s one of my favourites and I definitely recommend you read this.
About A Thousand Pieces Of You
A Thousand Pieces Of You is part one in the Firebird trilogy by Claudia Gray. It’s sequel, Ten Thousand Skies Above You was released at the end of 2015 and book three in the trilogy, A Million Worlds With You will be released in November 2016.