Marguerite Caine is an artist stuck with a family who’s all top notch scientists. She lives and breathes scientific theory every day. But that knowledge comes in handy as she takes the technology her parents were working on to jump to a different dimension to hunt down her father’s murderer. The Firebird device allows its wearer to jump to different dimensions, it was going to be a huge breakthrough until Paul Markov stole the only working prototype and killed Marguerite’s father. Or so she thinks. Theo – another one of her father’s undergrad students – has two more Firebird devices and offers to go after Paul for her, but she won’t let him go alone. Together they dimension jump to track down Paul.
But when they do, there is something weird going on. He doesn’t know that Dr. Caine is dead. He admits to stealing the tech and destroying the research, but he didn’t know about Marguerite’s father. This stuns her, giving him enough time to jump. She follows him on an endless chase, but this time she isn’t out to kill him. She’s out for answers.
Usually, I don’t like books that deal with time-traveling. For one thing, I have issues with the science of it all, most of the time it goes way over my head. For another thing, if my mind tries to figure out the logistics of the different time lines, my head pretty much explodes. But this book was different because it didn’t deal with time-traveling, but with dimension-traveling. Definitely way less of a headache and tons more interesting. Marguerite is my favorite kind of heroine, she’s strong but she’s not cocky about it and she realizes that most of the time she isn’t as smart as the people around her, but she doesn’t let that stop her from doing things.
A Thousand Pieces of You was a rather slow start, even if it did drop you right into her first dimension jump. It takes a while for Gray to explain why exactly she’s on this mission and who the major characters are, but once she does it’s one hell of a read. Paul and Marguerite’s relationship is adorable as is the relationship she has with Theo. I’m still stunned by the twist of events, even though a part of me knew something was up. Here’s to hoping book 2 is just as good.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A science fiction novel who’s content didn’t go completely over my head. A rather enjoyable read that has a strong female character who tries out different lives as she tries to figure out what happened to her father. Curious to see what happens next.
Bookshelf worthy? Just for the book cover alone.