A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird: Book 1)
By Claudia Gray
- Author: Claudia Gray
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Published: November 2014
- ISBN-10: 0062278967
- ISBN-13: 9780062278968
- Format: Hardcover
- Size: 8.3X5.8X1.3
- Weight: 1
- Copyright: 2014
- Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction
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A first entry in a new trilogy by the best-selling author of the Evernight series follows the efforts of a young woman to track down her physicist father's killer in a parallel universe that reveals to her a different side of his story. Simultaneous eBook. 75,000 first printing.
A girl and her two possible heartthrobs travel across parallel universes to avenge her father's murder. Marguerite's parents are both brilliant scientists, inventors of a device called the Firebird that allows the bearer to travel across the multiverse. When her dad dies in a car crash after his brake lines have been cut, everyone blames Paul, one of two research assistants working for the couple. But Paul has escaped by using the Firebird to travel to another universe. Theo, the other assistant, teams up with Marguerite in a prototype to chase Paul. They discover that although some things are different from universe to universe—technology in particular—the people are the same. Inhabiting the bodies of their parallel selves, they find Paul, but things go awry and they wind up traveling to yet another world: a nicely drawn parallel czarist Russia where Marguerite is the czarina and secretly in love with that world's Paul. But she's also attracted to Theo. And, in t he parallel worlds, who is really who? Gray doesn't worry much about actual science in her science fiction, muddling the concept of multiple universes with that of multiple dimensions, but she keeps the plot moving and has some good fun keeping all of the parallel people sorted. This trilogy opener offers solid entertainment for readers willing to go with the fictional flow. (Science fiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
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Now You See Him, Now You Don'tThis book combines science fiction with romance and espionage in a captivating package. The central figure of Marguerite Caine lands in one fascinating world after another in search of an elusive killer and an even more elusive truth. After reading about gullible heroines, I wasn’t so easily convinced about Paul Markov as Marguerite is and the author realizes this. She works to get the readers on her side and I was gradually brought along to Marguerite’s way of thinking. I’m almost sorry to point out, however, a big plot mistake on Ms. Gray’s part. She makes it clear early in the book that the Firebird—the scientific device that allows people to jump into their counterparts in other dimensions—can be detected by everyone only in the dimension in which it was created. In any other dimension, the Firebird is very difficult for the natives to detect or, rather, hovers beneath anyone else’s level of awareness. However, a mere 60 pages later, someone who isn’t part of the Firebird dimension easily catches sight of it and removes it from the neck of a key player. Oops! This isn’t a small mistake. The removal of the device causes one character’s consciousness to disappear and the host personality to reassert itself. It is this personality with which Marguerite interacts, causing a moral and emotional dilemma for her. This error is a major flaw; for Ms. Gray to fix it would mean rewriting a large part of the novel. I wish I could overlook it because otherwise this is one riveting action-adventure, science fiction novel, worthy of its inevitable sequels. Perhaps it’s something that most people can ignore by pointing out the device is ALMOST difficult to detect but not impossible. At any rate, this is a corking good read for people who like believable science fiction elements in their YA fiction.