A Thousand Pieces of You (Claudia Gray)

Let us all first admit that despite all our efforts to not judge a book by its cover, we all do, all the time… and this book is gorgeous! That cover is pretty enough to be an art piece. Front covers are not enough, though, we also judge a book by its back cover, aka the blurb, and A Thousand Pieces of You sounds perfect. This is why, considering that it might be some time until the printed book becomes readily available here, I decided to get an e-copy and started reading.

I must say it was a great decision. This book is sci-fi, thriller, and romance all twisted together. It was fast paced and so very intense, I found myself having to take a short break from reading after each chapter because it was just too much. I read all of it in about seven or so hours, short breaks included.

I went through some of the GoodReads review, and I can totally understand some people’s frustration. Here we have this complicated, mysterious, dangerous plot, and what the main character (also, the narrator) finds to be most pressing is how she feels about Paul. Or Theo. Or is it the other Paul?Umm. Yeah. More important matters ahead, Marguerite! I didn’t find it as irritating while reading though. In fact, her moments with Paul were probably my favorite scenes. And I was going through a period of utter disgust over romance so that is really saying something.

I admire Claudia Gray for her ridiculously brilliant imagination. The characters in this book go through five different worlds, all brilliantly described and connected. I was genuinely surprised with where Marguerite turns up in (especially the second one) and found myself looking forward to each world. And the plot twist(s)! THE PLOT TWIST(S)!! Brilliant! The whole science stuff were pretty sound as well. There is only one question I have though (this might be slightly spoiler-ish): if the Firebirds were set to follow Paul, then how did Marguerite and her father manage to go home? Hmm… okay, there’s probably a home mechanism on the device. But wasn’t the other Firebird programmed to Theo? Oh well, anyway, that’s the only reservation I have about the whole science part. Otherwise I thought it flowed quite well.

I’m a bit bummed that this book is a series though, because I have a feeling it might turn Divergent-ey with the second and third book being more action less brilliance as far as I know… (Still haven’t gotten round reading Allegiant. Meh.) The worse part though, is having to wait for the next book to come out. WHY? Why couldn’t this book just be a stand-alone? Oh right, because the evil guy is still out there and there’s a war coming up (see what I meant when I said more action?)