A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird Series #1)

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird Series #1)

by Claudia Gray

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062278975
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Series: Claudia Gray's Firebird Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 81,602
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

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A Thousand Pieces of You 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
This book was one of those books where when you finish it, you want to start over right away! It was amazing!! Its hard to say too much about the plot without giving too much away so all I'll say is Marguerites' parents are physicists and have invented a devise that allows you to travel to a parallel universe. Yet before they can do anything with it her father is murdered seemingly by their own student Paul. Marguerite isn't about to let him get away, so with the help of Theo, she jumps after him. In every world they jump to, Marguerite gets the sense that all is not as it seems but can she solve the puzzle before it's too late?  The worlds the author has created were amazing. Each world, while being vastly different, are still the same in ways. She is still Marguerite and all her family are still part of her life, though in different ways. She travels to one world where everything is nearly exact as her own place except for certain colours or paintings, she travels to a land that's mostly covered in water, another where she is a Tsars daughter. I loved learning things about each world but I think I loved when she was the Tsars daughter the best.  Marguerite is a wonderful heroine. She is devastated when her father is murdered but equally so when she finds out it was Paul. Paul was apart of their family, her father loved him so Marguerite finds it hard to believe he would kill her father, yet the evidence points that way. If he didnt kill him then why did Paul destroy the research and steal the Firebird? She has so many questions that she knows she won't rest till she finds some answers. She doesn't hesitate to follow Paul wherever he goes and avenge her father. She was so brave and strong.  Theo was another assistant to Marguerites' father and a good friend to her, so when he tells her he kept the prototypes of the Firebird, she is thrilled. Theo loved her father and will do anything to help her. Theo is the fun loving, outgoing type of person and he is hard not to like. He has feelings for Marguerite and it shows.  Paul meanwhile, was the hard working, studious type. He was so reliable and quite that Marguerites parents took him under their wing. Marguerite finds herself having feelings for him but then he becomes a murderer and she his hunter. Both boys are so different yet both of them I loved. There is only one for Marguerite though!!!  Overall A Thousand Pieces of You is one of the best books Ive read this year. From the captivating places to the lovable characters and from the amazing worlds to the descriptive writing, A Thousand Pieces of You is a must read. Even though this was a parallel universe book, at no stage was it unbelievable or hard to follow. Claudia Gray just captures you from the very first page and makes you apart of each world we visit. Her writing was magnificent and the story was fast paced. She throws enough twists where you think you know what's going to happen but you don't!!! I CAN NOT wait for the next book and more from these characters. Highly, highly recommend.
mollyreads More than 1 year ago
Hang with me, this is going to be a long one.  I am so disappointed. I was really looking forward to this book because of all the great things I have heard and all the instagram posts! But it was a HUGE letdown... It started off very promising to me. It jumped right into the story, no long introduction of all the characters and what happened. I enjoyed that, it held my interest. It started going downhill when I noticed that the story started to focus more on Marguerite's love life and less on what the heck was going on with the Firebird technology.  I get that authors like to include love interests, but when some bad sh*t is going on and all the girl can think about is who she is or isn't in love with (in this case, more than one guy and more than one VERSION of a guy) I get a little irritated. It makes it look like us girls have tunnel vision and are so naive.  So basically when I noticed this is what was always on Marguerite's mind, I got a little over it. I honestly got confused on what Wyatt Conley wanted from the Firebird technology and her. A spy? For what? I didn't understand that and I didn't feel like it really explained it that well. I felt like that portion of the plot was rushed so that we could hear more about her boyfriend problems.  The book even ended with a boyfriend scene...instead of ya know, what she is going to do about the evil guy trying to take over. They could have at least put the boyfriend crap before and had an ending related to the Firebird and Wyatt Conley.  I think the only thing I enjoyed is that because they were going through different dimensions, the setting changed a lot. So it made it fun to read every time she went some where new. But that's it.  Sorry guys. I tried to like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing in every single aspect. The main character wasn't annoying and helpless, all of the guys were perfect (there were times in the story where it was, like a love quadrilateral. And you can't decide who you like best!), but most of all the setting was perfect. And i know sometimes setting can get boring, but this was literally the perfect cross between not too much and too much. And it keeps your interest the whole entire time! Enough so you can read it straight through and wonder where all the time went! Basically, what i'm trying to say here is READ THIS BOOK. RIGHT NOW. YOU WILL NOT REGRET.
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS  I've been wanting to read this book for a long, long time. I added it to my TBR list back in 2013 when it was still titled Can't Get Next to You. The title changed, it got that AMAZING cover (probably my favorite cover of all time) and I wanted it even more! I was insanely happy when I finally got my hands on this book and I'm happy to say, it did not disappoint! A major reason why I wanted to read this book was this: PARALLEL UNIVERSES! Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a bit obsessed with parallel universes. The worlds that Marguerite travels to are so intricate and well-done. It is very interesting to see how similar and how different the worlds can be to Marguerite's own world! And all the science behind the technology to do this is explained very clearly and it makes perfect sense! This will probably come as a surprise, but I actually loved the romance! It's odd, since there is a bit of a love triangle. Not much so in this book, but I get the feeling that it will progress later on. I loved the guy that the romance was focused on in this book and I was definetly shipping it! I was annoyed by Marguerite, though, because she was constantly not accepting the fact that she loves him. I want my ship to sail! IN CONCLUSION  Overall, this was probably one of the best books I've read this year! I love the idea of parallel universes! It was so well-done and developed! I rooted for the romance! And the characters were great as well! I, honestly, cannot wait for the next book!
Lexi_Critchett 6 months ago
“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.” A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray kept me constantly engaged and anxiously awaiting the next time I could pick up the book and continue reading Marguerite’s story. While this isn’t the best book I’ve ever read, I definitely loved it and would recommend it if you’re looking for a unique, action-packed story with a plethora of unexpected plot twists on every page. It’s truy unlike anything else, taking the cliche plot of time-travelling and putting an intriguing twist on it, Marguerite leaping through parallel dimensions, so similar to her own, the Cambridgeverse, yet so different. For once, I’m glad I disobeyed the one thing we all hear over and over and over again, and I judged this book by its cover, only to open up the stunning cover and reveal an even more stunning plot. The book starts immediately, the reader learning how Professor Caine, Marguerite’s father, a world renowned scientist working alongside her mother to create revolutionary technology known as the Firebird that could change worlds forever, was involved in a fatal accident that ended with his car in a river and his body nowhere to be found. The lead suspect: Paul Markov, the Caine’s most trusted research assistant and one of Marguerite's best friends, who disappeared with the one Firebird they had, leaping through different dimensions. Marguerite, determined to get revenge for her father’s death, takes Theo, another one of her parents’ assistants, chases him through the multiverse, landing in some dimensions similar to her and others, more exotic dimensions set centuries in the past, just as the Russiaverse is, all the while caught in a romantic entanglement between herself, Theo, and Paul (but just which Paul does she really love?), simultaneously learning the evil, sinister plot that truly lays behind her father’s death. Just as the title suggests, these dimensions expose her to different versions of herself, her family, Theo, and Paul, Marguerite exploring deeper and deeper within herself to search for the difference between right and wrong and which version of herself she truly wants to be. Claudia Gray has a creative mind unparalleled to any others, and the way she describes her characters in vivid detail make them so connectable and they seem so realistic. My favorite character by far has to be the second Paul, Lieutenant Markov from the Tsarist Russia, for his caring, dedicated, and ethical nature. He stands by Marguerite's side, even after learning her true identity, helping her to overcome all of her struggles, both inside and out. This engrossing novel takes you on a journey as Marguerite discovers who she can trust, what it really means to put your full trust in someone just to have them to turn on you, and how to find the strength to continue even through all the hardships she faces. The worlds she found that were set centuries ago and the ones that were caused from human destruction made me really stop and think about how we are harming this Earth and how we really have no other world we can travel to. It also reminded me in part of A Wrinkle in Time, with the intense journeys to find a truth. This science-fiction novel has many separate plots that all combine nicely to form an engaging, fast-paced story that I would definitely recommend to anyone looking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down! Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story grabbed my attention and never let go. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
Dauntingjay More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I would ever read another book that made me feel as good and emotional as I'll Give You the Sun. However , if I had to choose between the two, A Thousand Pieces of You would be my choice. It's fantastic and tragic and happy and beautiful and exciting and hopeful. It gave me everything I could ask for in a book, and I'm a rather demanding and expectant reader.
Amy_Jo More than 1 year ago
This book was best when it settled into one setting for a while and I got to actually know the characters. Too much jumping around made it hard to get to know them and care. I guess I'd prefer if each book had only one or two dimensions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Nice plot twists. Loved it
KitKat09 More than 1 year ago
Mind blowing. Definite book hangover when I finished this. Buy it, you won't regret it! :)
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
You remember how your parents always told you not to judge a book by it's cover? I didn't listen and I am glad I didn't. I realize I am late to the game in reading this, but just reading the blurb told me that I wanted to wait until all three books were out. It was a good decision because the book hangover I would have had without the next on hand would have been bad! The story centers around Marguerite Caine, the daughter of two scientists. They, along with their grad students, have created a device that allows the consciousness to jump from reality to reality. The Firebird is revolutionary and it's existence has wide-ranging implications in scientific knowledge or discovery. But there are those who want its technology for less altruistic reasons. This is a story that flawless weaves scientific theory with the imagination. It is also a story that makes you think about the idea of life being a series of random events instead of fate, the reality that there are countless possibilities over the course of our lives, each one of which could change our lives in unimaginable ways. Imagine a reality existing alongside your own, each reality formed because of a single moment of decision. Imagine that existing for every person. It's mind boggling and it really makes you consider the ramifications of even the smallest of choices. It is a perfect blend of mystery, thriller, adventure, romance, and thought-provoking writing. Marguerite and the two grad students who helped work on the Firebird (Paul and Theo) are involved in an ever-changing triangle as she tries to unweave the mystery that surrounds her father's death. From moment to moment, defining good versus evil was next to impossible. And even when snippets of those things were revealed, the lines were blurred. Sometimes even the "bad" guys have good intentions. But the lines get even more blurry when you add in the infinite versions of a single person within a multiverse. The story takes place through different dimensions and, because of that, we get to know the characters from a different perspective. All of the dimensions exist within the same time and the differences between them can be subtle or they can be huge. At one point, they find themselves in London, in a world far more technologically advanced than our home world. From there, they travel to another part of the world that seems to be a century or more behind. It is these kinds of juxtapositions that make you, as a reader, think about how the choices we make can change everything. Overall: This is really a fantastic read! I absolutely adore a book that makes me question things I thought I knew. Definitely a must read novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline kept me wanting to know what happens next .
YA-Fanatic More than 1 year ago
BoundWithWords More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like A Thousand Pieces of You with a furious passion mostly because it would give a good reason to purchase it on a pretty hardcover edition and them I would stare at it all day (at least on weekends!) but, despite having a lot to go for, the overall feeling of this book is just... Flat. And forgettable. We start the story with on a futuristic London and the plot is already happening, Marguerite is already hunting down her father's killer, Paul, with the help of Theo and this helped me keep reading because I really wanted to know what the hell was happening but at soon we start to have some flashbacks, which is how we learn what really happened to Marguerite's father and her connection with both boys but, as usually, this made me not really care about the characters? It's just a more personal thing, but I really am not a flashback kind of person (my least favorites episodes of The Originals are the ones with viking's flashbacks), they just take some of the feelings for me. It wouldn't have been a big thing overall if I didn't had other problems with it, but I had. When we get to the second parallel universe, which is basically a Russia that stopped on the 20th century and it just seemed like the plot was totally forgotten there! In my view Marguerite was supposed to be hunting down her father's killer/discovering his motives/finding out the truth basically but them (conveniently) she stays stuck in this dimension where there is zero technology and we are supposed to be having some major ship feels with her and one of the boys but I just didn't care for either of these characters so it was really hard for me to care about their across-universes/bound-to-be romance. Also I think we have a love triangle, but it's so weak like seriously, I think Jacob had more chances over Edward than this love triangle (but by the end I think we kind of have a different love triangle between different dimensions kind of thing, right?). Anyway, to top my lack of feels for all the characters there is also the lack of actually sci-fi on this book, we need to have a lot of suspension of disbelief to actually believe on this whole firebird thing. In resume I'm not sure what was really the plot of this book (the romance? the father thing?), the characters felt one dimensional and there wasn't actually much sci-fi for a parallel universe kind of book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book i cann wait for the second book to come out. I could not put it dow. The twist in the story was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first chapter Wonderful book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That add to the general confusion . sci fi "worm holes" and "space folds and jumps" done much better in deep space nine and babylon nine and a few star treks time travel bad enough in plots to add other demensions and paralle universes BPL borrow public library
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly such a good book! I love how many places it takes place in. This book does make you think so be prepared. I ptomise you, you haven't read a book like this one.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Marguerite's parents were on the brink of a huge breakthrough with their research into traveling between parallel universes when her father is murdered and their graduate assistant Paul disappears without a trace. When Paul disappeared he took the Firebird, the device that makes parallel universe travel possible, with him. Marguerite is left reeling from the sudden loss of her father as well as the betrayal of a boy she thought she could care about. Determined to get revenge, Marguerite embarks on a multi-universal hunt for Paul with the help of her parents' other assistant, Theo. As Marguerite gets closer to finding Paul she begins to realize that their lives entangle again and again in each universe. The closer Marguerite gets to Paul, the more she begins to wonder if he really is the villain she thought in A Thousand Pieces of You (2014) by Claudia Gray. A Thousand Pieces of You is the first book in Gray's Firebird trilogy. Gray creates an extremely interesting premise here as she introduces readers to the concept of a multi-verse while exploring ideas of fate and destiny. If that sounds lofty, don't worry, the mechanics of universe travel are quickly glossed over when Marguerite explains that she is not interested in physics or science and tends to tune out when her parents get too technical. Marguerite is an artist. While Marguerite's interest in art is a key part of the story, it is deeply frustrating to see art and science set up as mutually exclusive. Furthermore, although again it is addressed somewhat in the story, it is deeply problematic to have Marguerite note repeatedly that she is not as smart as other characters in the book. That isn't Marguerite's only problem. She is also headstrong as she makes rash assumptions about Paul, Theo and almost every other character she meets in the story. She spends a lot of the book telling readers how capable she is and how strong she is; she reminds readers that she is ready and able to do her duty and avenge her father's death. But she's also happy to have Theo with her because how could she possibly accomplish anything without a smart boy to help her? In addition to an under-developed world, Gray gives readers a love triangle that is often painful as Marguerite's final choice is glaringly obvious in addition to neither male lead being sufficiently well-developed to inspire any strong feelings let alone romantic ones. The basic premise of parallel universe travel in this story is fundamentally flawed (travelers hop into or "borrow" their parallel bodies) while also serving as a central plot point in both the main story and the romance sub-plot. Weak world-building, a disappointing heroine who makes terrible decisions and a denouement that is laughably simple and incomplete further serve to diminish this book as a whole. Readers looking for solid science fiction will be better served by other time travel/parallel universe titles. Readers who go into A Thousand Pieces of You expecting a sci-fi lite romance are likely to be much happier with this novel. Possible Pairings: Planesrunner by Ian McDonald, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Parallel by Lauren Miller, Fair Coin by E. C. Myers, Now That You're Here by Amy K. Nichols, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, Pivot Point by Kasie West