I had heard a lot about this book. Great reviews, everyone seeming head over heels about this story. It started a while ago, since the book came out in 2014. Finally, I decided to check this out, and see what the fuss what all about. And, drumrolls…It was really great. Even more, A Thousand Pieces is an amazing read. Fast-paced story, relatable endearing characters, suspense…this book contained everything I like. And the cherry on top…would you take a second look at that gorgeous cover.
“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science—that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.”
Let’s take a second to read this plot (synopsis at the bottom of the page, as always) : I admit it, I was kind of confused, the first time I read this. A physicians’ family? Running into different dimensions to chase a killer? That seemed, at first, kind of, well, confusing. A promising plot, sure, but how is Claudia Gray going to make this work? I wasn’t disappointed, I was even surprised : the author manages to take what seems like a complicated plot, with entertwining lifes, and to turn it into a great, well-crafted story. I was scared about the change of universes, how it would happen, how it would be told. The author perfectly manages to show us this. The result ? I felt like I was in a billion different worlds. First reading an ordinary, contemporary book, you’re then thrown away into a futuristic London…and ending up a few fifty pages later, right in the heart of a Russian Revolution. Despite how confusing this may seem, it was not : we clearly get what happens, we can make differences between worlds and still, we can enjoy each particularity of them. I didn’t get bored once while reading, and that’s obviously something to underline. This plot is a treasure of ingeniosity and imagination, made believable and, most importantly, understantable. That, I think, is what made me really enjoy this book.
“It’s comfort enough to know that there are infinite worlds. Infinite possibilities.”
A Thousand Pieces of You deserves well its title : we get to explore, between different worlds, a thousand pieces of each and every character. A little explanation for those who didn’t read the book : while travelling in another dimension, the characters are taking the place of themselves. There are a thousand, a million parallel dimensions, and in each of those, the characters exist. They are different, but they’re here. So, when Marguerite travels, she takes over her own body. But she’s not wearing the same clothes, living in the same environment everytime. That’s what makes this book so rich, I think : we get to see all the different layers of the main characters. How some events changed them, their life-style… Marguerite, the main character, was strong, fierce, and mostly human : she has her flaws and her temper. I would have liked to get to know her more, though, especially her artist side : we know she paints, it even comes back in many of the dimensions. That, I liked : this important part of her personality. And I really enjoyed when the author made the comparison of Marguerite seeing the world as a painting. We got through a lot, a LOT of emotions during this book, believe me (and I loved it, coming right after!), but they’re mainly focused on romance. Don’t get me wrong : I really liked the romance parts, it was all cute and sweet and I was kind of rooting for the main characters. However, a little more emotions and, questions, I don’t know, about herself in different worlds, would have been interesting. But this is not a coming of age story, and I’m glad it isn’t. It’s adventure, it’s dimension-travel, and it’s an incredible, imaginative story.
What I loved the most about A Thousand Pieces of You, is the roller-coaster we’re on, during the whole story. We’re up and down, with adventures, changing worlds and surroundings, intrigued with what’s happening and as eager as scared to go down the next slide. With Claudia Gray’s fast-paced writing, I was taken in the story, caring for the characters and their fate. I wasn’t surprised everytime, though : the main story with Paul was expected, well, I expected it to turn out this way, it just couldn’t be that simple. But I was surprised towards the end, by the turn of events. And that’s exactly what I was waiting for in a book like this. I thought that we would be left with a big cliffhanger, at the end, this book being the first of a trilogy. But, I don’t know, I wasn’t that shocked by the end, it ends pretty smoothly. It still makes me want to check out what happens next, though, so I guess that’s a great success.
A Thousand Pieces of You brought me a world of infinite possibilities, about the choices we make, the people we are, and the ones we can or can avoid to be. It’s a book like no other, for its original, inventive plot, I’ve never read anything quite like it before. It’s a distracting read, and I’m excited to see what’s coming next in this trilogy. Hoping for more emotions, more actions, more of everything I already liked in this book, to make it a perfect read.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
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.