Series: Firebird Trilogy #2
Written by: Claudia Gray
Published: January 5, 2016 by Tor Teen (Macmillan)
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Synopsis: 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.
I read the first book in this series, A Thousand Pieces of You, last December and liked it even though it didn't blow me away. But I liked it enough to give the second book a try and I'm glad that I did. This book was just as good, if not better. It took the likable characters and allowed me to further connect with them and at the same time it expanded on plot points making this a much more intricate story.
The best part of this book, and the series, is the world building. Dimensional travel is sometimes hard to pull off but Claudia Gray does it brilliantly. I'm a fan of science fiction but I don't often enjoy when books get bogged down with the science. In this series, complicated scientific concepts of theoretical physics are dealt with so well that not only do I understand them, but they seem possible. The idea of multiple universes (or multiverse) and consciousness traveling between those universes seems outrageous but possible. That's what makes this book so interesting. What I particularly like about these universes is that they are not all that different from our own. I mean even when you're going to a war torn dystopia or a Europe where the monarchies never fell, it's all rooted in logic and/or history. But it's also just different enough to keep my interest. That is the mark of a good multiverse for me. It walks the line between seeming familiar and different. Each of these worlds were just that.
And because the worlds were only slightly different, they also had this subtle character development which was cool. Here the characters arcs are not so much about what the characters we know did to change, to make themselves different. No, here it is more about how one choice, or a different surroundings can lead to different behaviors and attitudes. It's kind of a cool nature versus nurture argument. Are people always the same or is their surroundings that make up their personality? Then there is this whole theme about fate. Are people meant to find each other and to be together or is it just circumstance. It was all very different and interesting.
I was also able to connect much more with the characters which was nice. In the first book I liked them enough but I wasn't really invested in their struggle. By the end of this one I was totally invested. Maybe it's the fact that we were able to spend more time with them. Each of these characters has strengths and weaknesses which is nice, so being able to spend more time with them allowed me to get to know them better. That was particularly true for Marguerite. She's our main character here and the one who stayed with the same consciousness as she jumped between universes. I also felt much more connected to Theo in this book. "Real" Theo is such a fantastic guy. He's smart, funny, and caring. I'm not saying I'm Team Theo for Marguerite but I'm definitely Team Theo for me. No, for Marguerite I am much more invested in her relationship with Paul. They had some trials in this book and I like that they came out of it stronger. In the first book I didn't totally love the romance because it felt strange at times and the love triangle was forced. Here that triangle rears it's ugly head again and I did find myself rolling my eyes at some parts, it worked better here. It actually worked more as part of the plot development instead of against it so it made more sense.
|A visual representation of my feels at the end of the book.|
On the whole, Ten Thousand Skies Above You was a great sequel to an interesting book about dimensional travel with likable characters and truly fascinating world. The plot was engaging and intricate and left me so shocked and invested that I need book 3 so badly.
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Buy/Borrow. If you liked A Thousand Pieces of You then definitely read this one. It expands on things that were only a small part of the first book and the stakes are really high here. If you are looking for an interesting series about dimensional travel and multiverses then I would absolutely suggest this one.
Have you read Ten Thousand Skies Above You? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!