5 Things About A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

October 5, 2016 Review 14 ★★★

5 Things About A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
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Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Source: Purchased
Pages: 360
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Series: Firebird #1
Genres: Alternate History, Alternate Universes, Love & Romance, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.

AUs everywhere!

Before A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU, alternate universes were a concept I’d mostly stumbled across in fan fiction. And just like my experience with AUs in fan fiction, I absolutely loved seeing the different worlds in this. It’s so interesting how one single choice/ action can create such drastic changes while also keeping some things similar. My favourite world in this was easily the Russian AU. I love historical settings plus it triggered so many Anastasia feels!


Mediocre love triangle

Surprise, surprise, there’s a love triangle in this. It wasn’t completely horrendous but I wasn’t all that fussed about it. It’s one of those love triangles where there is a clear preference from the start and I wasn’t torn between the two options at all. I couldn’t really care all that much about the two guys tbh (though Russian Paul was beautiful), I was more interested in the world and murder mystery.

It was easy to put on hold for a while

So I totally took a break from A THOUDAND PIECES OF YOU around the 20% mark. It wasn’t that it was bad that made me stop. Blame NEVERNIGHT and approaching BWF with a Jay Kristoff signing. Still, it wasn’t much a struggle to put A THOUSAND PIECES to the side for a month. Saying that, it was also super easy to pick up again and remember all the plot things that had happened before I stopped.


Somewhat predictable

Unfortunately A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU isn’t filled with crazy plot twists. I predicted many of the major things well in advance. Like Meg ending up being more special than you were first led to believe, and some more spoilery things View Spoiler » There was one big twist at the end that did completely take me by surprise though. I don’t know how I didn’t even suspect that twist, but I didn’t so kudos for hiding that twist! There was great foreshadowing for it that I completely missed.

I want more answers

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU introduced you to an interesting concept, world(s), and characters, and only just begun to uncover the evil plot of the villains. But I still don’t know that much. I really wish there was a bit more about what the villain was after and why, exactly was Margeurite of all the possible special snowflakes chosen? These are things I bet I’ll learn in the sequels eventually…


In Summary

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU was an okay read. I really liked the concept of the travel between alternative universes, some of the alternate realities were so interesting. It was an easy read, but I was never sold on the romance and love triangle, and some aspects were predictable. Despite this I still plan on reading the sequels because I want more answers!

Rating Report
Overall: 3.2

14 Responses to “5 Things About A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray”

    • Bec

      They’ve been done so often, and usually they are rarely done well :/ The good ones are really good but there aren’t many of them aound -_-

    • Bec

      To be honest, I was going to buy them for the cover too haha. They are gorgeous! It wasn’t a terrible read. I hope you enjoy them more than I did still :)

  1. Lonna

    Ahhh, I’m sorry the love triangle dragged the book down. I’m not particular a fan either; I’m older and there are so many other ways to great angst in a relationship. Ask, my husband. =) Though, I am intrigue by the AU, especially Russia. After being exposed to The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo, I’m fascinated by Russian culture. Great review, Bec!
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    • Bec

      hahaha I know right. Romantic triangle angst is getting old. Russian culture is so interesting! I need to find myself another series set in a Russian like world (I have read The Grisha series and really liked it too).

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      It is 100% the main reason I wanted to read this series… also the pretty covers XD I hope you enjoy it!

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