A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1)

thousand picesA Thousand Pieces of You. Claudia Gray. Young Adult/Sci Fi. 2014. 368 pages. 5 stars. [SOURCE: Bought]

“If not for yourself, my lady, stay alive for me.”
Our eyes meet.
His next words are a whisper. “I have no need for a world without you in it.”

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.


This book is beautiful inside and out. It made me feel all the emotions. I honestly don’t have any negative thing to say.

I think that the star of the show is Marguerite. A huge turn-off in books for me is an immature protagonist. I am so happy to say that Marguerite does not fall under that category! She is a fierce, intelligent, and courageous girl who puts family above all. She’s one of my favorite female characters.

One of my favorite aspects of the book is the setting. It’s set in several places around the world, but I think everyone who has read this book can agree when I say that the best setting was Russia.

I don’t really want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil anyone. Seriously, just pick this book up! If you want a beautiful story, then this book is for you. This book deserves nothing less than 5 stars.

P.S. Trust me when I say that you want to meet Lt. Paul Markov. *wink*


I don’t know where to start. I love everything about this book. From the cover, to the story, to the characters, to everything I absolutely love it so much. I cannot express my love for this book in words. I would give it all of the stars in the world if I could.

What brought me to this book was its exquisite cover. Have you seen anything more beautiful?! I award this book with The Best Book Cover Ever Ever Ever in the Universe. If you look at its reviews in Goodreads, I guarantee that 80% of them mention the beauty of its cover. With a cover that alluring (hehe), I had really high expectations.

Science meets art in this wonderful first book of the Firebird trilogy as passionate artist Marguerite Caine, daughter of breakout physicists Sophia and Henry Caine, is brought to parallel universes in order to seek revenge on her father’s alleged killer, Paul Markov.

ATPOY exceeded my expectations. I was amazed as to how I was brought into so many worlds that could’ve been made into its own separate stories, yet here I was, holding and reading one glorious book. A book worth a million universes. This is it.

Tiny spoiler: this story was the one that got me into my undying love for books with monarchial settings. I really didn’t expect to be brought into a dimension where Marguerite was considered as royalty in Russia. I also did not expect the majority of the book to be in this setting.

Characterwise, everyone was spot on. Special shout out to Theo Beck–a physics student who helps Marguerite track down Paul in different dimensions–who I can’t help but picture as Theo James (because, honestly, how can you not?!) I would be lying if I said that I disliked him because Theo James–I mean, Theo Beck was such a wonderful character! A part of me wants him all to myself and the rest wants…

Paul Markov. A beautiful man. A work of art. Very shy and timid as described by Marguerite. Paul is that quiet-super-intelligent-guy who just sits there and watches the entire world pass him by. We get close to nothing in the first 50 pages of the book. But once we’re in the monarchial setting, everything changes.

As much as I’d love to keep talking about my thoughts about this book, I’m afraid the remainder of them which I haven’t shared yet include spoilers. So if you want to see me completely lose it, feel free to message me on my ask.fm page!

Its sequel, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, is set to be out November of this year! It has been featured in our Waiting on Wednesday posts. Do me a favor and look at the cover of the upcoming sequel. Look at it and marvel at its beauty.

Reviewing this book has given me immense joy as I could finally share my thoughts sans spoilers. It has a well deserved spot in our Recommendations! I can’t wait for Ten Thousand Skies Above You. I’ll be the first in line once it’s out.

Favorite quotes from the book by K & N

“I meant it when I said I didn’t believe in love at first sight. It takes time to really, truly fall for someone. Yet I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and the glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely. Part of you belongs to him; part of him belongs to you. After that, you can’t take it back, no matter how much you want to, no matter how hard you try.”
Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

“I can hardly bear to look at him; it’s like staring into the brightness and warmth of the sun, knowing that it’s burning you while understanding that it makes your whole life possible.”
Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

“In other words,” I said, “you’re trying to prove the existence of fate.”
I was joking, but Paul nodded slowly, like I’d said something intelligent. “Yes. That’s it exactly.”
Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

“I fell in love with his unchanging soul.”
Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window.”
Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

“The most powerful presence in the room is his absence.”
Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

“I told myself it didn’t matter if I never got to be with you. It was enough just to love you.”     ― Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

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