A Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray
published November 4th 2014
my rating 4 out 5 stars
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.
I was intrigued right away by the Orphan Black simile, also I was fascinated by the multiverse complex this story explored. Right away there was an easter egg about schrodinger’s cat that I enjoyed. The universes fascinated me, I loved London and all the technological advances if I was Marguerite I think I would spend most of my time jumping around different universes and explore various lives.
“Apparently, when people travel between dimensions, their physical forms are “no longer observable,” which is a quantum mechanics thing, and explaining it involves this whole story about a cat that’s in a box and is simultaneously alive and dead until you open the box, and it gets seriously complicated. Never ask a physicist about that cat.”
One thing I really liked were the eccentric about her parents and the description of her home, it really stood out to me with the rainbow table, wall to wall bookshelves that were double stacked, and chalkboard walls. If you were to throw in lots of plants and make sure there was a lot of natural lighting, it sounds just like my dream home, I would love to live in a house like that.
I thought the book brought up a good point about loving the same person in different dimensions, are they still that same person that you love? If they were brought up in a different environment and turned out different would you still love them? It was something to really think about while reading this.
One of my favorite quotes throughout the book was this: “It’s comfort enough to know that there are infinite worlds. Infinite possibilities. Now I know somewhere, somehow, Sophia and I had our chance”
I think I said something similar when things didn’t work out with a guy that I liked and I was bummed about that. So I liked seeing something like that written down.
All in all I enjoyed this book, I liked the science references and the Russian parts in it. I do plan on reading the next book that comes out Ten Thousand Skies Above You and I believe it’s going to be released on November 3rd 2015.