9 Jun 2016

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Goodreads synopsis: 

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions.

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 explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

My experience with A Thousand Pieces of You: 

It's taken me a while to sit down and write this review, mostly because I have no idea how I felt about this book... in the best way possible? This review is going to be a bit all over the place, sorry!

A few of you may have noticed that I constantly say "I'm not a fan of historical fiction or books that deal with time travel", so when I received the sequel to A Thousand Pieces of you called "Ten Thousand Skies Above You" from Harper Collins NZ for review, I really doubted I would pick up this novel. Science fiction is not where I'm at.

Another thing I often confess after reading a book is: BOY, WAS I WRONG! Okay, so if you're reading this review and you've read ATPoY you'll know that the book doesn't really deal with time travel, it's inter-dimensional travel, and while the book contains a lot of science jargon and theories, the main character, Marguerite, was just as clueless about all that stuff as I am. This was extremely reassuring and kept me wanting to read more of the novel.

So, we've clarified that I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book at all, right? Right. Well, I did enjoy this book, a lot more than I thought I would, which is always a great thing to happen.

I found the characters very likable, Marguerite was extremely stubborn (a quality I quite enjoy if I'm honest!), I liked that she was the only artsy-ish one in a household of scientists and that she didn't choose to hide herself away but that she was still a part of the home. My favourite character was Marguerite's father, for so many reasons. We meet him in multiple dimensions, so he's not the same each time (since Marguerite is meeting the alternate father, not her actual one, who passed away) there was something about him being so great and supportive in every universe that made me want to shrink him down and carry him around with me.

Okay, so here's the thing about this book that I couldn't come to terms with. THE LOVE INTERESTS. Marguerite was the most confusing character when it came to her love interest that I have ever seen. One minute it's this guy, then it's that guy, then it's the same guy but in a different dimension, then it's definitely not that guy, etc. It's not that I mind her having multiple love interests, I was mostly worried there was going to be some awkward love triangle (there's not, never fear!) but I did find it frustrating, I needed to know who she was in freaking love with so I could accurately guess the end of the book, but alas, Marguerite was as stubborn as ever and couldn't make up her bloody mind. She spoke so poorly about the person she ends up with in the end throughout the book that I was very confused about the outcome.. but still slightly happy?

The villain in the book was a little lackluster to me, mostly because I wanted them to be smarter and more evil (it's something that you'd expect from them anyway) I needed creepy, skin-crawling creepy! What I got wasn't close enough to that, not by a long shot. I'm hoping that when I read Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Thanks to Harper Collins NZ for sending me that, by the way!) that he'll be worse and terrifying in all his power.

I ended up giving this book a 3.5/5 stars (a 3/5 on Goodreads... Can't we just do half star reviews, already?!) because I'll definitely be continuing with this series and I hope the second installment really pulls me in. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a bit of Sci-Fi with their contemporary books, it was a good, entertaining read!

About the author (from her website/Goodreads): 

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple.

So far, in life, I've been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing.

Keeping up with the author: 

Website // Twitter // Tumblr // Pinterest // Goodreads // Instagram

I hope you guys enjoyed this book! Let me know in the comments below if you liked A Thousand Pieces of You and if you continued with the second book. I've seen the cover for the third installment and it's just freaking fabulous! 

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