Published by HarperTeen on November 1st 2016
A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.
Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.
So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.
In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.
TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU – recap
Our story resumes with Marguerite running from a torch-wielding mob in a medieval Rome. She’s in search of Paul Markov—a priest, in this dimension—because she believes her Paul is imprisoned within him.
Not long before, Theo had collapsed. Theo turned out to be suffering long-term effects from the drugs the other Theo used while he was spying on their universe. Now their friend is about to die, and Paul went on this journey to find a cure. Instead, he was captured by Wyatt Conley, who informs Marguerite that Paul’s soul has been “splintered”—broken into four pieces. She’s retrieved one here in Rome, but she’ll have to collect all four if Paul is ever to be whole again. Conley will tell her which worlds to look in, but the price is high: In each dimension, she must sabotage her parents’ work on the Firebird device. Conley wants to be the only one with the technology, the lone master of the multiverse.
Theo insists on joining Marguerite on her quest. Together they leap into a world where the nation’s been locked in a desperate war for many decades—and one where Marguerite’s in love with Theo, rather than Paul. This is awkward, especially given Paul’s obvious adoration for her, but that gives Marguerite an idea. Paul has access to the data she has to sabotage, so she needs access to Paul. She approaches this world’s Paul, charms him, and gets busted when he realizes she’s not from this dimension. He’s embittered, but ultimate agrees to fake the sabotage and help her.
With two of the four pieces, Marguerite leaps ahead into a universe where her family lives in New York, where her sister is engaged to Wyatt Conley, and where Paul’s nowhere to be found. Her attempt to contact him leads to her kidnapping by the Russian mob…where Paul is the son of the leader. Theo helps her try to break out, which leads to a terrible confrontation in which Paul shoots Theo repeatedly. He’ll live, but he’ll always be scarred. What kind of man is Paul, if he could do this?
Shaken, Marguerite returns to the “Russiaverse” of book one, the one universe she knows Paul has already died in. She wants space to think and is at first relieved to be in an old-fashioned Paris. Instead, she’s blown away by the discovery that she’s pregnant with the child she and Paul conceived on that snowbound night. Theo finds her there and tries one last time to win her love. But finding out about the baby makes him realize just how serious things are between his friends.
Marguerite accepts Conley’s “invitation” to the Home Office, which turns out to be a highly technological world and the third dimension of Triad. She thinks that explains the name until she meets with the company’s three founders, Wyatt Conley and her parents. It turns out that her sister Josie was the “perfect traveler” for this universe until she was splintered so badly they could never put her back together…except by destroying each universe one of the splinters went to. They’re committing murder on an unimaginable scale, all out of desperate grief rather than ambition. It’s the other Conley who’s only greedy—but in some ways, Marguerite finds these versions even scarier. The person who sounds scariest of all? This dimension’s version of herself.
Eager to get away, Marguerite leaps into a universe where her parents teach at Cambridge, but where she’s seriously injured and no longer able to paint. This turns out to be Paul’s fault; they argued while he was driving, leading to an accident that scarred her and broke them up. She finds him, retrieves the last splinter of consciousness, and restores her own Paul. He’s glad to see her—until both his memory and her stories fill in what’s happened. Paul has been marked by the other, darker versions of himself he inhabited. Their violent impulses linger. Now it looks as though his destiny is only to hurt Marguerite. She persuades him to come home.
But when they get home, she’s alone with Theo—who is again not her Theo, but the spy. Then she’s overtaken by a spirit within her own body, the Marguerite from the Home Office, who’s here to destroy Paul Markov and Marguerite’s entire family, even if it means destroying this entire universe…
Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.
Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.
The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.
Title: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU (Firebird #1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
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.
Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)
I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Goodreads or (of course) my own home page.
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