Published by HarperTeen on October 7th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
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.
The gorgeous cover was what drew me into buying this book. I was slightly intrigued with the synopsis, but it ended up being a disappointment. For one thing, your nearly one hundred pages in before Meg and Theo finally hunker down and begin their mission. The strange flashbacks do not help one bit, only delaying the story even further. There are long drawn out explanations and background stories breaking up the character's actions. It is good to fully understand the main character but when she begins to repeat herself it gets to be a little tiring and tedious. Most of the flashbacks are either of Theo or Paul, which involve subtle moments when she imagines them more than friends. But when Meg returns to reality, her hard feelings return for Paul. With no evidence or information as to how he killed her father, Meg is sure determined to kill him. Honestly, I could’ve done without the love triangle. It’s bad enough Meg is slowly getting over the death of her father but to simultaneously question who she loves more is a bit annoying. There are long drawn out explanations and background stories breaking up what the characters are doing. It wasn't until half-way through the book when the pace picked up. I understand this could be a way Meg grieves, but she never mentions if she informed her mother about their plan shortly after Paul finally makes an appearance. Also, when she arrives in the alternate London, she is so torn up about the death of her entire family that she doesn't think to consider that her mother could be experiencing the exact same grief. There are literally an infinite number of dimensions that they could pop up in. They did mention a pattern or a trail that a person leaves behind when they jump dimensions, but the two seem as if they're never going to find Paul. Plus, the explanations given could've at least tried to sound intelligent. I knew going into this book it was going to be a struggle. If you enjoy love triangles and endless amounts of fluff, then this is your kind of book.