A Thousand Pieces of You

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

I quite enjoyed this story, I think there is a great balance of sciencey explanations without being too much or too boring. I really like the characters. Marguerite is very different from her family, but she owns that and they all support each other, which I think is great. She is also strong in her convictions, but she’s willing to look at things from different angles. And as she realizes the power she holds, she lets that build self-confidence that overcomes her initial insecurity and makes her much more likable throughout the story.

Though the romance does play a big role in this, I think the main question is how much you’re soul makes you who you are, and how that transcends time and space. Also, it looks at the idea of destiny/fate, both of which I think are really interesting concepts to explore. Not to mention, traveling between dimensions is pretty cool. The world building is fantastic too. And I loved the strong bonds within her family, not a big trend in YA/NA books it seems.

The chemistry between Marguerite (not a huge fan of that name though) and Paul is palpable, even before we get to see them actually interact, and he challenges her to push her boundaries, something I always like to see characters doing for each other. Some moments of the relationship between Paul and Marguerite are awkward, and I feel like Paul is forced into a shyness that is too much for him, but those weird moments don’t overshadow the main story.Theo is interesting, but there was always something off about him, and then the twist happens and it all makes sense!

And I like that Marguerite and Paul don’t jump straight into a relationship once their primary selves are united. Marguerite loved one version of him, which definitely was aided by what she already knew of his primary self, but they haven’t had the chance to be together as themselves. I’m guessing we’ll see their relationship blossom in the second book. As well as what is going on with all of these firebirds, and the mean tech leader guy who is trying to use them for all the wrong reasons.

The whole idea of this is really cool. And I like how Gray tied in all of these events in layers, revealing them slowly to create a eureka! moment when everything comes together in the end. I’ll continue this series.

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