Publisher: Harper Teen (November 4, 2014)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Series: Firebird #1
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 was one of my favorite time traveling novels that I read in 2014. I loved the concept how time traveling isn’t just a genetic thing, but it’s seen more as a scientific thing. Like there’s an actual thing Marguerite has to use in order to cross into the next worlds. Anyways, while we only got to explore 3 different verses I loved seeing different sides of the characters in each of these verses that we got a brief visit. The Russia verse seemed to be the center and crucial verse in the novel as things become more difficult for Marguerite when she finds herself falling for the Russian version of Paul, who is her bodyguard. I wouldn’t say it’s a Russian version, but it does complicate Marguerite’s feelings for the Paul she originally knows. And the thing is I liked the love complications presented in this novel. It made things very exciting.
On top of the Paul dilemma, we also have Theo – the other half of the love story. Ta-da a love triangle. But, this is one love triangle I kind of enjoying seeing unfold because you just don’t expect it with Theo…or Paul actually. They seem older than Marguerite considering the fact that they live with her parents as lab partners, but It’s just makes everything confusing for Marguerite especially after what she went through in the Russia universe, but she knows for certain that she has to find out why Paul killed her father. She wants to see the best in him (in everyone now that I think about it) and is willing to give him a chance even if she thought he was a bit weird when she was growing up because he wasn’t a talker. Theo is the opposite and I loved that he tries so hard to get Marguerite to make her fall for him, but he backs off when he realizes that she doesn’t feel the same.
I just really love all the relationships in this book whether it’d be family or lovers. I loved seeing all those flashbacks of Marguerite trying to learn more about Paul. There was just something about this book that made me eager to turn the page to read more and I definitely can’t wait for book 2.