Book Review: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray

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Posted 12/07/2014 by alicemarvels in Science Fiction
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray review

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Publisher: Harper Teen
 
Release Date: November 4, 2014
 
Page Count: 368
 

PROS:

sweet friends to lovers romantic tension; fun story set up with cool sci-fi elements; fully resolved story (but room to continue)
 

CONS:

you will be left wanting more story ASAP
 
BOTTOM LINE

A thrilling, swoonworthy story across many universes!

I love parallel universe stories, and A Thousand Pieces of You is a thrilling, swoonworthy addition to the recent bunch of YA books that take on the multiverse. One of the reasons this story works so well is that it is confined to a small, charismatic cast of characters I immediately fell for in a big way, and while the settings and circumstances change, the core characters remain with us, their experiences across different worlds changing them in our eyes. Marguerite is a strong, intelligent heroine, who manages to keep pace with her genius scientist parents and friends as she tries to solve her father’s murder and protect her family and their inventions.

Paul and Theo work for Marguerite’s parents, and each becomes crucial to Marguerite’s mission across the multiverse. Before tragedy upset her happy household, they were always around, working on experiments at her house. Paul is the strong, silent type, always sweet and present, but never very gregarious or talkative. Theo is the exact opposite, outgoing and a bit of player. Hormones collide, and of course Marguerite has had some sort of feelings for both of them at one point or another. Luckily this never really gets into love triangle territory as Marguerite’s feelings cement fairly early on in the story.

We travel from a world very much like our own to a less advanced Russian royal household, one where several key inventions of the twentieth century didn’t make it into existence. We also visit more advanced futuristic versions of our world, where tech outpaced our own. The settings are fascinating, but each jump Marguerite takes is more interesting for the way it changes our understanding of the characters. Without spoiling too much I can say the romance is toe-curlingly sweet and sexy, and the danger level keeps the pace moving quickly. All too soon we find ourselves with a resolution, one that solves the conflict in the meantime but could be upset in future books (so I hope, anyway!). I absolutely recommend A Thousand Pieces of You for those who love sci-fi on the lighter side.

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16 Comments


  1.  

    YAY!!! I so enjoyed this one as well. I was definitely nervous that a true love triangle was going to develop a time or two, but like you said, her feelings cemented pretty quickly and I like that she didn’t waffle:) I can’t wait to see how things develop moving forward!




  2.  

    Yay! I am so glad you liked this because I know there are a lot of mixed reviews for it but I just loved it and like you, I can’t wait for more!!




  3.  

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this. Unfortunately, I struggled with it a lot, especially the romance, because I never felt the connection with either boy. I was also put off by the sex scene because of the ethical issues that surrounded it. However, I’m happy you loved it! πŸ™‚ I hope the next book will be as good or better for you!




  4.  

    I agree. I really enjoyed this “time travel done well.” Can’t wait for more adventures! Also, one of the best covers of the year.




  5.  

    Intriguing πŸ™‚
    I’d totally read this




  6.  

    I think I need to give this a go. Reviews have been mixed, but trusted friends seem to like this one. It seems complex and intriguing.




  7.  

    So curious about this one. Another glowing review from one that I know will steer me in the right direction. Yep, I so need to read this one. I enjoy sci-fi and even sci-fi light. πŸ™‚




  8.  

    I wasn’t a big fan of this author’s previous books but I’m willing to give this one a shot especially after reading great reviews such as yours. I’ll have to check it out.




  9.  

    EEEP! My coblogger read this and reviewed it, so I put my copy to the side. Your review makes me want to go dig it out and read it NOW.




  10.  

    Fantastic review, I will add this to my list. The world and romance sound good. I am glad you felt that a triangle was not going to come into play.




  11.  

    Oooh, I’m excited that you enjoyed this as much as you did ! I love the sound of the other-verse in it featuring the Russian royal household, and of course the toe-curling romance and danger makes me want to pick it up now.
    Wonderful review : )




  12.  

    Really enjoyed this as well, the friends to more and want more as well!




  13.  

    Ooh what a high rating! I definitely need to get to this one soon. I just bought a copy and it’s sitting on my bedside table at the moment. So tempted to start it tonight πŸ˜€

    Lovely review, Alice! <33




  14.  

    I just bought this last weekend so I’m really glad to see you loved it! I wasn’t sure because I’ve seen so many mixed reviews. It sure has a pretty cover!




  15.  

    Woot! I have this. I’m a little antsy to read it, but have a few other books to read first.




  16.  

    While I was waiting for the review to load I crossed my fingers! I’m so so happy so see and read this. I loved this book too and even though it had some sort of love triangle it didn’t bother me at all! But yeah I want more of this. Great review πŸ™‚





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