Series: Firebird #1
Published by HarperTeen on November 4, 2014
Genres: science fiction
Pages: 368 pages
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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.
If you enjoy time parallel universe/time travel stories, A Thousand Pieces of You is probably on your TBR list already–and it’s a book that will likely appeal to fans of All Our Yesterdays and Every Day, particularly if you like romance! I’m a big fan of Claudia Gray’s Evernight series so was very excited to hear she had a new book coming out. View Spoiler » I admit, as a fan of the vampire series, I giggled a little bit when I read about teeth scraping on our heroine’s neck. « Hide Spoiler I was also tickled to find that this story takes Marguerite to many different locations and time periods as she tries to solve the mystery behind her father’s murder, including a visit back to the Romanov empire. There have been several YA books with Russian settings this year, but this one definitely stands out with its scifi elements.
As part of the official blog tour hosted by Rock Star Book Tours, the author is with us today to share why she felt absolutely compelled to write this book–it sounds like it’s one that just poured out of her, which is the mark of a truly inspired story.
Why I Wrote A Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray
I wrote A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU because I had to.
I don’t mean, I really needed to publish another book. I don’t mean, my editor and agent loved this idea. I don’t even mean, because I was excited to tell the story. (Though all of these things are true.)
What I mean is that, from the first moment this book’s plot and characters sneaked into my brain, I absolutely knew I had to share it with someone. Marguerite, Paul, Theo, Sophia, Henry – they were all so vivid to me right away; the adventures they were going to have dominated my imagination for days and weeks and months. Clearly, if I did not find a way to talk about these characters with other people, I was going to lose it. Writing a book seemed wiser.
Don’t get me wrong: I love all my books. I love all my characters; there’s not a single one of them I don’t relate to on some level, whether it’s the mad vampire Charity, Irene aboard the Titanic or the demon Asa. But sometimes a story catches fire in your brain. Those stories are just different.
What made this story catch fire for me? A few things –
Alternate dimensions: This is a story element I’ve always loved, from “Star Trek” onward. It’s fun to imagine what’s going on in the reality next door. But what felt different to me in ATPOY was the fact that Marguerite lands in her other selves – that she inhabits the body and the life of this other person she could’ve been – and has to understand her relationships and her world from this perspective that is both hers and not hers. Don’t we all wonder what it is, in us, that’s eternal and unchanging – and what is the result of things we’ve lived through, circumstances beyond our control, or simple accident or chance? Marguerite actually gets to find out.
The relationships between the characters: Our five main characters are Marguerite, her scientist parents Henry and Sophia, and the two physics grad students assisting with the Firebird research, Paul and Theo. Before the story even starts, they’ve all known each other for at least a year and a half – and, of course, in the case of Marguerite and her parents, her whole life. So for the first time, I wasn’t picking up friendships and romantic connections at the moment they began; instead, the story begins just as those relationships all start to change. This moment of transition – where dependence becomes independence, rivalry becomes anger, or friendship becomes love – of course I love writing it, and reading it, but before, my books have always been about building to that moment. Here, the entire story is about that transition, and so everything can happen more gradually, and be revealed in greater depth.
The beginning: From the very first days I came up with the plot for A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU, I knew precisely where we’d start – already in the heart of the plot. The emotional components of the story may develop slowly, but the action gets going from page one! Writing that was so much fun.
The universes: The Firebird allows Marguerite to travel to any universe in which she exists. (If she was never born in that world – or has already died – then it’s sealed off from her forever.) Other than that, there are no limits. So while some of the dimensions Marguerite visits are very similar to her own, others are radically different. Want to visit a Russia where the tsars never fell from power? I did – so Marguerite does. Other countries? Other technologies? The possibilities are endless. Like, I didn’t know that I deeply needed to write an action scene set in a submarine until I was writing it.
… this post could be a lot longer. But probably by now you understand the reason why I had to write this book. From the first, I told my agent, I didn’t care how little the advance might be – didn’t care if I had to self-publish it – it was going to be written. She told me to calm down, that we’d get the story out there – and finally, two years later, A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is in the world. If some of you have half as much fun reading it as I did writing in, we’re in for a fantastic ride.
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.
If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.
Thanks to Harper Teen and Rock Star Book Tours, we have a pretty wonderful prize package to offer:
— an autographed copy of the book
— a scarf with a quote from the book
— a scented candle from one of the multiverses!
All you have to do is leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re excited about reading the book, and fill out the Rafflecopter form.
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