‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia Gray: YA scifi at its best

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Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Claudia Gray is not just a talented author; she’s also quite versatile, as becomes apparent when reading her newest book, “A Thousand Pieces of You.” This book is the start of a scifi trilogy which also includes corporate raiding, universe jumping, a quirky family and several love interests.

The main character, Marguerite, is an artist growing up in a family of scientists. Scientific geniuses, to be exact. Her mother and father have created technology, called the Firebird, that will allow the wearer to travel to different universes. When it seems that Marguerite’s father is murdered by one of their close friends and colleagues, Marguerite teams up with another colleague, a student named Theo, to travel the universes to catch the killer.

But the alleged killer, Paul, a student who had been like family to Marguerite and her parents, may not be the guilty one. In fact, in one alternate universe where Marguerite finds herself a member of royalty, she begins to have quite different feelings for Paul.

Gray does a fantastic job creating different universes, some of which are totally different from Marguerite’s original universe and some which are just slightly different. She manages to capture Marguerite’s feelings at seeing her father in those alternate universes when she knows that in her universe, he has died.

Gray also manages to drop many clues but still give us a twist at the end that most readers will not be expecting. While some of the mystery is solved, readers will want to know what happens next. Marguerite is truly a wonderful protagonist, and readers will not want to let her go.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, HarperTeen, for review purposes.