Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Written by: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Pages: 368, Hardcover
Series: Firebird, 1
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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.


A Thousand Pieces of You drops us right into the middle of the story. We’re told the same facts Marguerite know, her father has been killed by Paul, a person she believed to trust, and love like a brother. Marguerite has taken off with a Firebird, unsure how it will work or if it even will work. With the pain of her father’s death fresh on her mind, she doesn’t care what happens to her.

Before starting this book the one thing I was worried about was the idea that the love interest could be the killer, it wasn’t something that set well with me. However I will say that as I read the romance was one of the most swoon romances I’ve read in quite a while.

As the characters work their ways through the worlds they meet each other, and each time things change, things work differently with them. It creates a unique story that allows the reader to understand and fall in love with many different facets of the characters.


I have a terrible time coming up with things that didn’t work, especially in books that I find myself in love with. Which is the case with A Thousand Pieces of You. This is a story that has stuck with me for several weeks since reading. That being said, I think some of the problems I had with this book were the choices that Marguerite made in different universes. Since those choices directly affect the Marguerite that lives there. However that isn’t something that gets ignored, Marguerite talks about the choices she is making for the others, she thinks about them often.

That all being said I believe that is going to be part of Marguerite’s character arc, and I can’t wait to see where Gray takes it.


What worked the best in this book were the universes. Absolutely the universes. I adored the way Gray made them work, that they were so unique and different. Underwater worlds? Russian monarchs? All of them are here and each world feels unique and different. It brings the story to life in ways that makes the story memorable.


Absolutely. This book is one that will stick with me for a while, one where the story felt just like that, a story. Something that is fun to sit and read.


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