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.
I must admit, the concept of dimensional travel was the sole reason I picked up this book. I had read a manga ‘Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle’ (go read it!) a few years back, and in that people are able to cross time and space and meet alternate versions of themselves. The thing that remained in common, among all the versions? The soul/essence of the person. A Thousand Pieces of You, is also built around that same premise, but instead of complete dimensional hopping, the person’s consciousness can travel to another dimension – a layer of what-if created in the multiverse. It brings forth the idea that maybe certain people are bound to have certain paths, or meet certain people.
Through Marguerite’s eyes, we see the different dimensions she hops to – all in order to chase down her father’s alleged murderer, Paul – a person who she and her family had trusted. Meeting the different versions of Paul, however, makes her question her thoughts about his crime. She also learns what it means to be of one soul – when she embodies her different versions and sees that they are so similar to her. In each version, too, she is pulled towards Paul, and while that is not really the main focus, it drives the plot to a great extent. It was beautiful their way was developed in the storyline and expressed – and I didn’t even mind Theo butting in for a love triangle. The characters are quite fleshed out, and Gray goes into such exquisite detail on body language that entire scenes are an immersive experience.
Another thing I loved was the multiverses themselves – since it is only through space and not time, the multiverses are on the same timeline, but have diverged considerably in how they are. There is a hyperfuturistic London, a century-old Russia, a Triadverse (it will make sense when you read) and finally Salacia. I loved each of those worlds, and the amount of detail and building Gray put into each of them really makes me want to applaud for her. I am partial to Russia, though, since that is where most of the romance develops but Triadverse gives all the reveals, so that is an interesting dimension too. A highlight of the romance was how Meg questions what you really fall in love with – and what makes a person different across dimensions.
At this point, I just want more – since though the ending seemed complete, it is far from over. I am particularly interested in how they are going to counteract the efforts of the Triad, who are more advanced than them. Meg and Paul also have to overcome the ghost of Russian-Paul, and Theo – well I want to see how this all will play out. Just ready for the sequel, right now!
Received an ARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss. Receiving it does not, in any way, affect my opinions or review.