January 4, 2015

A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray

Young Adult
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Goodreads / Amazon

A thousand lives.
A thousand possibilities.
One fate.
Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother's latest invention—a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into alternate dimensions.
When Marguerite's father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person—Paul, her parents' enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul escapes into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn't count on Marguerite. She doesn't know if she can kill a man, but she's going to find out.
With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps to, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Is she doomed to repeat the same betrayal?
As Marguerite races through these wildly different lives—a grand duchess in a Tsarist Russia, a club-hopping orphan in a futuristic London, a refugee from worldwide flooding on a station in the heart of the ocean—she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.

In the same vein as All Our Yesterdays, which I loved, this story thrusts the reader into many different realities but instead of time-travel it chooses dimensional travel within the same timeline, which was very original. With an intense and twisty plot it manages to grab the reader and keep you engaged until the end of the journey.

I found myself deeply immersed in the Russia dimension. I think it was brilliant and it was probably what made me enjoy the book the most. Hands-down my favorite part of the story.
The wold-building felt real and dream-like.

In general, my only problem with the book was somewhat the melodrama it wallowed in at some points. Such as pointlessly repeating the same cheesy love babbles at different moments. It kind of ruined the mood in several parts. But overall the original premise and specially the semi-high/historical feel of the Russia dimension made me remember the book with a smile.

Note: I listened to the audio version as well and I highly recommend it. The reader is very good and changes the character's accent between dimensions which added enjoyment value for me, so if you can pick it up in audio all the better!

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