A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

Book Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Published Date: November 4th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA SciFi
Series: Book 1 in Firebird trilogy
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.
Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

“The Firebirds allow me to travel through dimensions, but not through time.”

That quote above is a very clear and concise description of the Firebird and reading that was very helpful to me. So many science fiction books don’t explain things well, or if they do explain them, the explanation is overly complex and makes it hard to follow. Gray was able to boil it down to the basics which was great to see and it helped me enjoy the book more because I understood what was going on.
I was worried that this book wouldn’t work for me. I love parallel universe stories, but the cover of this book was so stunning, I was afraid that the book wouldn’t match the gorgeous cover. I am so glad to say that I was wrong, and really wrong. 
A Thousand Pieces of You is slow in the beginning and normally that would bother me a lot, but I stuck with it because I wanted to give this book some time to really hook me. Right around page 60, it really began to pick up and from that point on I was fascinated by the world, or rather, worlds that Gray had created in this story.
I don’t know which boy to trust at this point. I don’t like Theo all that much and I do like Paul. I’m just not sure if I like him with Marguerite. Marguerite is a bad ass on her own and I do think she’s in love with Paul and that he is in love with her as well. I’m just not sure if the book really needed the romance or if it would have been stronger without it.
“I fell in love with one Paul. I fell in love with his unchanging soul. Does that mean I fell in love with every Paul, everywhere?”
I do think Paul has goodness in his heart, but I think Marguerite is conflicted due to the things that happen throughout the book. Things that she can’t answer. Questions that plague her mind every single day. She begins to question what actually happened to her father. She begins to second guess everything that everyone is telling her, in every dimension.
A Thousand Pieces of You is a wild ride that will take readers on an adventure through multiple universes. I really enjoyed this one and I cannot wait to see where it goes next. 4 stars to this captivating book with captivating characters. I would completely recommend this book to lovers of science fiction.