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Editors Select, November 2014 - I admit – I was initially drawn to this book by its beautiful cover, so when I found out the genre was young adult sci-fi, I was instantly on board. Marguerite is the daughter of two brilliant scientists. Her parents – with the help of two research assistants, Paul and Theo – have invented the Firebird: the first device to enable inter-dimensional travel. But when Paul betrays them, murdering her father and stealing the Firebird, Marguerite and Theo embark on a dangerous chase through parallel dimensions to exact revenge. Claudia Gray combines action, suspense, sci-fi, and romance to create an adventure you simply can’t put down. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in this series! —Sam, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

A thousand lives.

A thousand possibilities.

One fate.

Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother's latest invention - a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into alternate dimensions.

When Marguerite's father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person - Paul, her parents' enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul escapes into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn't count on Marguerite. She doesn't know if she can kill a man, but she's going to find out.

With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps to, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Is she doomed to repeat the same betrayal?

As Marguerite races through these wildly different lives - a grand duchess in a Tsarist Russia, a club-hopping orphan in a futuristic London, a refugee from worldwide flooding on a station in the heart of the ocean - she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.

©2014 Amy Vincent (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Sliders meets Cloud Atlas for Teens

What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Pieces of You the most enjoyable?

I used to love the show Sliders. Experiencing every possible new earth that could've been. Claudia Gray also gives a sort of Cloud Atlas some souls are meant to be together type of thing. Has some great twists. That's refreshing when it seems like so many books have become mind-numbingly predictable. While I would have preferred no hint another teen love triangle, this one doesn't seem so bad. But maybe I'm the only one who doesn't get a thrill from dangling two guys at once. It's so popular in YA, but I don't get it. Ok, I put my soapbox away. I gave it 5-stars all-around because it is well-written and so much FUN. Some really gorgeous sentences here. Glad to see this in YA! This my first experience of Gray's work and I can't wait to try her others.

What other book might you compare A Thousand Pieces of You to and why?

Timebound by Rysa Walker - similar rhythm but time travel. Full of heroic romance.<br/>Every Day by David Levithan - Equally awesome. This person jumps into a different body everyday. It's thoughtful. No love triangle.<br/>The Blood Vivicanti by Becket - Blood memories give Mary Paige the abilities of her victims, who don't die and experience euphoria when bitten. Full of adventure and gadgets. Also, no love triangle.

What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her accents are spot on. I'm not sure I would have really heard any accent in my head if I had just read it. I was surprised when she started doing them, even though the author makes it clear that the characters have the accents. Accents make everything more fun. <br/><br/>I like her British dad voice. It sounded comical sometimes though. That's not meant as an insult, though I'm not sure how else it could sound. In fact, she is exactly the person I hope to ask to narrate for me, when I'm published someday. Maybe it was just me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, the book and narrator made you want to forget everything around you and just listen. But I listen and read at the same time. That's just what I like.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not Sci-Fi. Mostly Rory Gilmore introspection.

Not going to point out an essay on the iPhone, but...

I thought this would be an updated version of Sliders from Sci-fi. Instead it's a book that too hard tries to make the tension from a love triangle last as long as possible. 80% of this book is introspective thought, usually about a boy, then the narrator, then family.

Parts are painful to get through. This girl accepts on faith a mission to kill the man she is in love with, doesn't understand half of the ideas involved, and doesn't really even direct her own narrative until the very end. In fact, I think she has two scenes of significance where she makes her own decisions and isn't being escorted by a lover (both times waiting for rescue). Ok, three (London, Russia, Waterworld). Rescued every time.

So if you want to feed some inner dialogue to the home-made robot girl you're tinkering with in the basement, this motherload is all the drama you'll need.

Kudos to the illustrator and voice actor. The russian and french accents are cringeworthy, but maybe they are in real life, too.

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This is perfection

I own a paper copy of the book that I've read by myself and I really enjoyed it, but I have to say that this audible version is Great! The reader is a remarkable performer and adds to the story that something quite unique that made me fell for this book so completely and once again more and really deep. I' m so overwhelmed with emotions right now that I can't wait to listen to the second book in the series.

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just ok

I feel like it had a lot of build but right when it started taking off, it was over. I know this is a series but generally the 1st book really hooks me and I just HAVE to know what happens to the main character... I'll check out the next if I find myself at a loss as to what to read somtime. It was a neat concept though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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MUST READ!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

One of the most interesting, unique stories I have had the privilege to read in quite some time. I can't even begin to capture a picture of the basic story for you, all that would do is serve an injustice. Just trust me, you need to go pick this book up and me as captivated as I am now.<br/><br/>I can def see this being made into a major motion picture. Why can't all stories take you on a journey such as this one?! <br/><br/>Now, I'm going to need Claudia Gray to hurry up and finish the 2nd book in this series so I can finish it in a day. :) <br/>

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Tavia Gilbert is wonderful!

Would you listen to A Thousand Pieces of You again? Why?

I would listen to it again to search for other details in the story, but mostly because I adore Tavia Gilbert!!

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when 'Meg' and Paul spend a night in the cabin in Russia.<br/>I really enjoyed all of the scenes in Russia!

Any additional comments?

I would listen to a boring Textbook on paint drying as long as Tavia Gilbert is narrating.

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  • Lauren
  • Irvine, CA, United States
  • 07-16-15

Interesting story idea.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I enjoyed the author's idea and the worlds and characters she created. The book may have just been a little too young for me because it was mostly about a teen romance.

Would you be willing to try another book from Claudia Gray? Why or why not?

Probably not. This book was an ok listen, but nothing that thrilled me in to wanted to explore more.

Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

Tavia did a good job with all the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Really cool story.

A fun and exciting journey through several worlds featuring you, but not you. A who done it and a why. Romance and adventure. I recommend this book.

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If the book was good, the audiobook is a MUST.

I loved the boom on it self but Tavia Gilbert did a master job with the audio work. Accents, other characters voices, ect. She makes you a part of the book. I have heard it three times so it is definitely one of my favorites.

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great story, performed wonderfully!

I loved the story and could barely put it down. The narrator was awesome! Can't wait to start the next book in this series, really invested in the characters now.

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  • Katy
  • 05-20-17

great fantasy romance adventure

A novel approach to fantasy. instead of time travel its multi universal trips. so much scope for imagination. great passion and emotion. well written and very enjoyable

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  • Jo
  • 09-26-16

Wonderful voice performance!!

One of the most unique stories I have encountered in a long time. Jumps from scene to scene; each as beautiful and intricate as the last. Highly recommend this series.
The narrator (Tavia Gilbert) does an astounding job. Different accents and rapid changes of tone are done flawlessly. Have a listen for yourself!