By: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published Year: 2015
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Summary (Provided by Goodreads): Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.
Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.
I absolutely LOVED A Thousand Pieces of You (Review here) and couldn’t wait for the second book to come out. Once I saw the cover I was even more excited. These books have the most beautiful, eye catching covers.
What I thought
This second book did not disappoint! I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it as much as the first one (second book syndrome) but I definitely did!
This book picks up a few months after the last one left off. If you haven’t read the first one and plan to, stop reading my review now, there will be some spoilers. Paul and Marguerite are in a relationship and Theo is still jealous. Marguerite’s mom, dad, Paul and Theo are all still working on the Firebird technology, trying to improve it so that nothing like what happened in the previous novel would happen again. Unfortunately, Theo is feeling the side effects of having had the other dimension’s Theo within him for so long. In order to help him, Paul goes to find him and ends up getting himself in trouble. Wyatt Conley splinters Paul’s soul into 4 different dimensions in order to blackmail Marguerite into working for him.
As with the previous books, it was fascinating seeing Marguerite and Theo move through the different dimensions. I love the idea that there are different dimensions based on different decisions that were made so it is always fun to me to see how different worlds have developed. Some of them are developed a little more than others, but each one is fun to visit. I wish there had been a little bit more time in the Home Office, but I understand why it was short.
During the last book, I fell in love with Paul in th Russiaverse. This book made it a little bit hard to stay connected to Paul in that way. Unlike Theo, he was not a constant and his personality kept changing from dimension to dimension. He also was only in it for brief periods of time and never in a relationship capacity with Marguerite. It was a little difficult to remember why Marguerite loves Paulwhich made her quest to save him difficult to sympathize with. She was a little bit irritating at times with all of her “Paul is my destiny!” but it was interesting to see how it developed as the story went on.
There were some twists in the story that I didn’t expect and a development that makes the third book sound like it will be very interesting. I am curious to see how everything that was set up works out. The ending is a definite cliff hanger and I wish I had the third book right now!
I also wish that the CW would turn this into a TV series. It would be so amazing to see these characters in these different universes, and I don’t think a movie would do as much justice as a TV show would. They could explore so many different dimensions so in depth and it would be captivating.
By: Claudia Gray