Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi
“Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.”
Ugh! I have so much to say about this book but, I’m struggling with how to get it out. According to WordPress I’ve revised this post 25 times. That’s just so far! It feels like it’s been way too long since I’ve read a really good book. I’m so very glad that I picked this up. Typically I don’t read Sci-Fi. I’m more of a Fantasy/Contemporary kind of girl. This is the first book by Claudia Gray that I have read. I was not at all disappointed and I have a a distinct feeling I won’t soon forget her name.
From the very beginning we are thrown right into the plot. Which sounds a little intimidating but is actually quite the opposite. It’s very engaging. In fact the whole book is. Meg and her family have just suffered a terrible loss. Her dad. A wonderful Physicist whom with the help of Meg’s mom created the Firebird. Which as we know from the blurb is the one device that allows multi-dimensional travel.
There is a bit of science mumbo jumbo here but don’t let that intimidate you. You won’t find any overloads of information dumping here. You don’t even need to have a keen grasp on Physics to understand what’s going on. Heck even the main character isn’t a Science nerd. Half the time she seems more confused than the reader.
From there we do a lot of jumping around, which makes the book pretty fast paced. Gray did one hell of a job making sure it all went smoothly though. She also did a hell of a job making you think. Parallel universes have always peaked the interests of people around the world. The idea is that there are worlds running in tandem with our own, almost exactly like our own. The difference between all of them is that one choice we didn’t make. Ex; Wearing that red jacket instead of that grey sweater. Eating a bowl of oatmeal instead of cereal. There are also the big choices, like majoring in Political Science instead of History.
In this book it’s much more than that. A parallel world could not only have another you and another of every one you’ve ever known, it could also be 20 times more advanced or 20 times more behind your actual time. Meg jumps into a futuristic London where gadgets are so advanced that they are using holograms and rings as phones. There’s also a 17th/18th century look a like Russian mash up where the phone has barely been invented and they still travel by horse carriage. Oh oh, and I cant forget the world with Oceanic ships that most of the population is living on due to rising Ocean levels.
This book was amazing. I loved all of the characters. Were there times where I cringed at their behavior? Yes. Plenty, especially Megs. Specifically (without spoilers) one decision she made that I honestly did not like her for. It was completely rash and she had not a care in the world for any consequences that may have happened afterward. Know why? Because she could just up and leave so the heck with it! At least that’s it made me feel. Which was great! The frustration, the disgust, the tears and the laughter are all part of what makes a book, right?
YES. Absolutely! This book has everything. Adventure, action, mystery, romance, family. Oh and multi dimensional traveling.
I personally can not wait to get my hands on the next two books.
Four and a half stars for me 🙂 This book wasn’t without flaw. But despite the obvious love triangle here and the moment of predictability this book was still a huge hit for me. The creativity in the writing was astounding. The beautiful detail that puts you in each dimension, the desperation to save ones family that you feel from Meg. LOVE!
If you haven’t picked up this book yet I very much suggest that you do. You won’t be disappointed.