I know picking out a book because of its cover is wrong, but, with that series, I would do it a billion times, over and over again. Because, more than just a cover being complete eye-candy, the inside is as marvellous and exciting and unforgettable. If I had to sum up this book in one world, it would be, CRAZY. That’s it. A crazy roller-coaster you’re riding with your eyes closed. It’s scary because you have no idea when you’re going. And when it ends, you’re breathless, have no idea where you are and WHAT THE F- JUST HAPPENED. I’m getting ahead of myself already. I read this book with Kat @ Life and Other Disasters, and we screamed A LOT about it. So this is going to be full of screaming, sorry.
FROM UNIVERSE TO UNIVERSE…
“Traveling through the worlds gives you perspective. It makes you value what you have.”
If you don’t know this series, I suggest you check out the first book, Ten Thousand Pieces Of You, and READ IT. If you’re a fan of fantasy, multiple dimensions, fast-paced stories with a bit of science and an awful lot of craziness and bad guys, well, you’re in for the ride of your life. Because I read the first book a while ago, I was scared I wouldn’t be able to remember a thing about what happened. I was grateful that the book started off with some reminders without it being a complete retelling of the whole story told before. We’re starting right into action, and, as we go on, we catch up with what we might have forgotten, and get right into the crazy train for the second book. And believe me when I say, it is CRAZY. From antique places to a crazy mafia-ruled New York, to a San Francisco at War, another detour by the Russia where we fell in love with Marguerite and Paul, AND another crazy world dominated by the EVIL Conrad, well…you get a little bit of everything, with no time to breathe. If that can be a bad thing, sometimes, and we get lost, here, it was not the case, at all. We get to discover SO many different universe, so many different ways to live, and always we meet again Marguerite’s parents, Paul, and Theo’s versions in those universe. It is FULL of surprises. However, I would have liked some more explanations about some technicalities… like, HOW does someone gets their souls ripped apart in different universes? SEEMS INTERESTING, RIGHT? Well, I wanted to know more about this, and hm, I didn’t.
CHARACTERS IN MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS…AND WITH MULTIPLE PERSONNALITIES
“When I traveled, and got lost within the other Paul Markovs—I always sensed the differences. The ways they thought and spoke and dreamed that I never would, or could.”
What’s incredible, in this book, is how we, in each universe, get to meet a different cast of characters. Marguerite remains the same, being the perfect traveller, she is able to get into each Marguerite’s body, in each universe, and just, be HERSELF. That doesn’t happen for everyone, sadly. Paul and Theo, the two roots of the little love triangle set in that book, are always different. We always get to meet them again. From the distant Paul to the crazy-mean one, we are always unsure of who we’ll meet at the next corner, and now, THAT’s crazy. Because of that, I have to say, I felt a little annoyed. At Paul. Maybe it’s because he wasn’t the same guy all the time, but he kind of lost interest on me, whereas Theo clearly took the spotlight, and my heart, too. He changes, too, from universe to universe, but, because they are travelling to save Paul’s life, he gets a reminder everytime. And he acts like himself again, the Theo I’ve grown to love. He’s sweet, caring, he’ll do anything to save his friend, even if that means losing the girl he loves, Marguerite. Now that’s commitment, and, kind of adorable, too. If, in the first book, we met a team of characters that was solely based on Marguerite and Paul’s love shaking all of the universes, well, here, we get a different story. Marguerite’s fighting for a love she knows can conquer all, but, yet, as she meets all of the different versions of her Paul, she wonders. Can really two people, supposed to be meant to be, really meant to be EVERYWHERE?
TWISTS AND TURNS AND ME SCREAMING “WHY???!”
“I want you when it’s crazy, when it’s frightening, when it’s impossible, because there’s nothing within you that could hurt me half as much as not having you.”
If Ten Thousand Skies Above You focuses on saving Paul’s soul, so that him and Marguerite can have their happily ever after, there’s not just that. Marguerite’s parents play a big, big part in the whole story, as scientists, creators of the Firebird, AND changing from dimension to dimension, to the good guys, the I don’t care about science anymore guys, the CRAZY guys… there’s everything. THIS BOOK IS A ROLLERCOASTER, and towards the end, my head was upside down, and I was screaming, because the world as I knew it wouldn’t get back on the right track. Filled with twists and turns, because of the characters we feel like we know, but then we don’t, anymore, the universe we are thrown in, only to be taken in another, the TWISTS we never see coming and that always leaves us hungry for more…And that ending. I’m not going to talk about it, but, hm. There are days when cliffhangers are good, and this was not the day. This was NOT the way to end the book, and I’m not okay with it.
Twists, turns, and another dark corner ahead: with Ten Thousand Skies Above You, you never know how the chapter will end, and where your brain will scream this is too much. Despite it missing important explanations, and some bothering characters, well, this book is a crazy rollercoaster I’m reading to hop on again. Because there is action, there are emotions, and I NEED to know how this ends.
Final rating: 4 drops!
Did you read Ten Thousand Skies Above You? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?! Do you want to read it? Did you have SO MANY FEELS? Share your thoughts in comments!
Claudia Gray, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, Published by Harper Teen, November 3rd 2015.
Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.
Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.
The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.