Why I Chose This Book:
I won't lie, I was hesitant when I began this book. Perhaps I am the Patron Saint of bad YA science fiction, but lately it seems I've had a bit of a bad luck streak when it came to books in this genre. I've seen "time travel" done again and again in YA, but alternate dimensions? I couldn't resist. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed! This book was executed perfectly and looks to be a killer beginning to a series of books that I will definitely be reading.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Publish Date: November 4th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
What I Liked:Synopsis: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.A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure. (Goodreads)
The various settings throughout the story! What does a futuristic London, an underwater city, and Industrialist Russia have in common? They are all fantastic settings in this novel! As a reader, I found myself enjoying the changing of the environment. It allowed growth for characters that have potential to fall flat, and makes for interesting storytelling. When I first heard of Russia in the winter, I was thinking womp, womp. This story is going to end in a DNF pile. I was expecting the ghost of Napoleon to come tell me to put down this book with a sad shake his head. You just don't mess with Russia in the winter. (Little Russia history humor for you nerds out there). Fortunately, author Claudia Grey has better luck at execution than our aforementioned little European overlord. This book is just so damn interesting as Gray speckles details of Russian history throughout the story while keeping true to the book's scientific foundation.
What I Loved:
HOMEGIRL CAN WRITE SOME ROMANCE. Can I get a shoutout for author's that aren't afraid to make teens sexual without being cliche or over the top? The love Marguerite feels for several characters throughout the novel causes both she and the reader to tackle the tough questions of emotion and fate. Mixing it with the rational side of science, it is an addictive combination that makes the reader come face to face with ideas of soul mates and destiny in a new and refreshing way.
I also enjoyed the pure and unadulterated love that could be seen throughout this book's pages. Love is such a simple and simultaneously complex thing. Marguerite experiences this as she battles with the idea of possibly loving one person in many different universes.
What Made Me Frown:
As with all things science, some of it just goes way over my head. Parts of the book seemed muddled with scientific terms that only made sense within the last thirty pages of the story. Despite this, it does not hurt the story significantly.