Marguerite Caine is in trouble. Her parents are physicists, and one of their inventions has gotten her father killed. The Firebird – a device that allows its wearer to jump through space, was taken by one of the Caine’s research assistants. And that same assistant killed Marguerite’s father before jumping into another dimension.
Marguerite follows Paul and chases him through multiple dimensions, each time melding with a different version of herself. As she pursues him, she learns more about the murder – and Paul. Her perceptions change, and she starts to question what she really knows. Did Paul really kill her parents? What is behind this entire tragedy? Are all these seemingly innocuous and random instances connected?
Claudia Gray grabs your attention at the beginning of “A Thousand Pieces of You,” and she keeps you engrossed throughout. I just wanted to keep listening to the audiobook and not stop. I needed to know what happened. Thankfully, I started listening to it early in the day on a Sunday, so I was able to finish the book the same day.
Gray developed her characters skillfully. Marguerite was relatable. She was the odd one out in her family – an artist in a family a scientists. She was furious with Paul over her father’s death. But she also grew over the book and took you with her. As her anger changed to disbelief and curiosity, yours also changed. Outrage dissipated. And challenges were overcome.
Paul and Theo were both enigmatic – puzzles that needed to be solved. What was Paul’s motive? What was Theo up to? How do they both fit into Marguerite’s life? Sure, they all essentially grew up together, but how does that affect the now? Especially with what Paul’s done…
“A Thousand Pieces of You” is the first book in the Firebird series. I can’t wait to listen to the next one!
Have you read any of the Firebird series? If you’ve read “A Thousand Pieces of You,” what did you think of it?