- Release Date: November 1, 2016
- Page Count: 432
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
If you haven’t read the Firebird trilogy yet (or were waiting for this final book to be released), I COMPLETELY recommend it! It’s so wonderfully creative and the storyline just keeps getting better and better. A Thousand Pieces of You is one of the most underrated YA books I’ve found and I’m just waiting for it to get the massive fandom it deserves!
I left out all major spoilers:
The main plot in this final book is all of the parallel universes joining together to stop Conley from destroying them. Marguerite names the evil version of herself “Wicked” and keeps trying to escape deadly scenarios Wicked leaves the other versions of Marguerite in… it’s all very complicated to explain but makes sense I promise!
I figured the plot would need to find a way to bring back familiar locations & characters (like Warverse Paul) just to get more closure on those stories, so I was thrilled with how everything tied together! The absolute best scene in the entire book was the “conclave of Marguerites” but I won’t say much about it other than it added some great humor.
But if you don’t like love triangles, this might not be the series for you. I thought this triangle was well done, though, and was glad it wasn’t the whole focus of the story! And it’s hard because Marguerite has ended up with either guy in different universes. One of the main obstacles in this book is how Paul is like “Frankenstein’s monster” after being splintered and his mind is all of the different people he’s been. He has to work to act on the potential for good in himself and isn’t fully in control at the start…
The story does get pretty tangled with everyone jumping through their alter selves in all of the universes (even more worlds are added), but that just keeps the story constantly new. The ideas behind the “science” are so wonderfully creative and just make you start bouncing all sorts of possibilities off of them!
And I really loved how one version of Marguerite ended up being deaf! It’s so rare to see deaf characters who carry the main POV (if you know of any please let me know so I can share them with my sister who is deaf)! I thought Claudia Gray did a great job in that POV, especially with the line about “it’s not some massive tragedy. It’s just another way to be. That’s all.” But it was a bit funny how Marguerite observes that people were signing with grammar that made them sound like cavemen because they weren’t familiar with sign language and were making mistakes, yet a few of the “caveman” sentences shown were actually how it SHOULD be signed and the word order that would make the most sense! So that was a funny coincidence.
A lot of things I wanted to see happen didn’t happen in this book, BUT I still liked how the story turned out! This book didn’t have quite the level of feels I hoped for either, but there was so much else going on that I’m mainly just glad it was a satisfying resolution and everything wrapped up really well!