Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Science Fiction – A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Science Fiction for October (yes, we’re late!) and we decided to try a new-to-us author, Claudia Gray, and her newest novel, A Thousand Pieces of You.

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4 A Thousand Pieces of YouA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Book #1 in Firebird
Genres: Young Adult Science Fiction
Publication Date: November 4th 2014
ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Teen

Synopsis from Goodreads: Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

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.

AH and Christal’s Review

A Thousand Pieces of You was a very unique read and we really enjoyed the time travel aspects. Read on to see what we thought about the rest of the book…

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AH: The other day I watched The Cosmos on Netflix (yes, I watch geeky science shows) and the host was talking about the ginormous size of our universe and he mentioned the infinite numbers of multiverses that exist. It made me feel really small and insignificant but it was kind of timely since I was thinking about what I would say about this book. I’m kind of on the fence with this book. It was an OK read for me but in many ways, I feel like this story has been done before.

Christal: I have to agree.  I mostly enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but I found it to be forgettable when trying to think back on it for this review.  I liked the main characters and the plot was intriguing, but the overall sum of the parts was less than memorable.

AH: As I was reading this book, I found that I had a lot of unanswered questions. For example, one of the rules of using this Firebird device was that the wearer could only travel to dimensions where they already exist. The traveler takes over the body of their person in the new universe. All I wanted to know was what happened to the other person? Do they enter a coma? Also, I found that the main character Marguerite was a little quick to adapt to these alien universes.

Christal: That’s a good point. I liked the time traveling and thought limiting it to dimensions where you would already exists was a good idea, but there was a lot of things left hanging. What does happen to the person when the traveler takes over? We almost got into that with Paul in Russia but it ended too suddenly. Also, what happens to the traveler’s body when their gone, especially if they lose their Firebird while traveling?

AH: I liked Marguerite. She is absolutely heartbroken about her father and is driven to avenge his death. My favorite part of the book was when Marguerite traveled to a historical version of Russia  where she was a tsarina. I loved the details of that time period.

Christal: I liked Marguerite too.  She was strong but still trying to figure her life out without being too silly.  I liked the parts in Russia too, but I do admit it started to drag for me.  I actually put the book down during this part and it took me about a week to get back to it.  I really liked the parts on the ocean research station, maybe because there was a lot of action and finally some answers.  I think the Russia part got a little bogged down for me because of the romance.

AH: Why ruin a book with a love triangle? Usually, I’m ambivalent about love triangles but in this case it feels like it was just thrown in because young adult books seem to require them. Team Theo? Team Paul? Do you really need to be on a team?

Christal: The romance was definitely unnecessary for me as well, especially when we found out what was really going on with Theo.  I think this would have been a much stronger read if it had focused less on the lovin’ and more on the action.

AH: Overall, an OK read. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and  the story kept my attention. There were a few plot points that didn’t make sense to me.

Christal: I feel the same way.  I’m on the fence about continuing with this series, but am leaning towards trying the next book.  I am interested in the overall conspiracy story; I just hope the romance will be toned down next time.

AH’s Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Christal’s Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thank you to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Be sure to join us later this month for our historical read!

 

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Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge Schedule:

January – Young Adult checkmark
February – Contemporary checkmark
March – Urban Fantasy checkmark
April – Middle Grade checkmark
May – Dystopian checkmark
June – High Fantasy checkmark
July – Adult checkmark
August – Paranormal checkmark
September – Romance checkmark
October – Sci-Fi checkmark
November – Historical Fiction
December – New Adult

 

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