A Thousand Pieces of You Review

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray (aka Amy Vincent) 
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Sci-fi

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Blurb: (from goodreads) 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.

Me: I am fascinated by this new idea of traveling between different dimensions. A new look on science fiction. 

The Ups: First of all...the cover. It is so freaking beautiful I want to frame it and keep it on my wall forever. 
Anyway, like I just said, the idea of traveling between dimensions, and the craziness that ensues, was incredibly interesting. The scientific aspect of it (which is what I failed to comprehend) made absolutely no sense to me, but I guess the jumble of big words made it sound somewhat professional, because I kept thinking, "What if this is possible?" But it was the more human, the more emotional side of it that really hooked me.
Conceptually, it would have been very simple (if you had the technology) just to hop from dimension to dimension. But as Marguerite feels in the book, it is incredibly confusing emotionally. How would you know if something was real or not? Would you feel any regret knowing that that dimension was how life might've been? Would you lose your sense of identity? There were a lot of questions with the concept, and I think Claudia Gray explored them very well. 

The Downs: I think that this was a very brave, and probably difficult book to write. I've read books where a character travels to a different dimension, but to go between multiple dimensions is something new. It was also very chaotic and a bit hard to follow. The plot twists were hard to comprehend because I was busy trying to figure out everything else that was happening. 
When reading a book and traveling to a different world, I like to feel a strong sense of knowing the setting and becoming familiar with it, but because it kept changing, it was hard to keep up with it. 
I also feel like the characters weren't very strong. Marguerite was a bit naive and was a bit selfish. I feel like there wasn't anything special about her. I feel like I didn't know Theo very well, which only makes sense because we find out that he was a spy. But I also feel like I didn't know Paul well enough to feel what Marguerite did. Also...did there need to be a love triangle. Realllyyyyy. 
Overall: A very interesting idea, but confusing to follow. 

Rating: 4 kisses! 

Have you ever read a book traveling dimensions or going between lots of places? 

If you like books with traveling dimensions check out: Don't You Wish


  1. I agree with you, Kate! I loved the concept of the book, it was really interesting! However it was hard to follow and I felt like I needed more information. But that cover was gorgeous!

    1. Maybe it's because I'm not very good at scientific stuff haha. :) Whoever designed the cover deserves an award.

  2. I haven't read this book yet but it looks amazing! I agree, the cover is worth framing, brilliant review!!
    Naomi @The Perks Of Being A Bookworm

    1. I hope you enjoy it! Can't wait to see what you think!

  3. I laughed out loud at your use of the Michael Scott gif! I'm not going to lie -- this premise sounded intense and I wanted the book for that alone, but I was incredibly sucked in by the cover. It still is one of my favorite YA covers of all time. I really need to pick this back up and just FINISH it, but I felt a bit lost and confused for the first 100 pages, just like you did through the whole book.

    Awesome review, I've been looking forward to it! :D

    1. That gif is such a great representation of my expression when it comes to 99% of love triangles haha. I definitely agree, I think this is a case where I would judge a book by it's cover.

  4. Have you seen the cover for the second book? I think it is gorgeous haha. And I haven't read this yet, but I don't know if I want to. I love reading about traveling through dimensions, but I just don't think I will enjoy the characters or the romance in this one. (Have you heard of A Darker Shade of Magic? It also half deals with traveling through dimensions)

    Love your review Kat!

    1. Yeah, I think the romance especially is kind of confusing, because there are different "people" in the different dimensions. Whether you read it or not, I think the cover is worth appreciating haha :)