Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Crossing Universes For Love

"You can't fight destiny, and I didn't even want to try."
--Claudia Gray, Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 432
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Source: ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Previous Books in Series: A Thousand Pieces of You
Goodreads Description 

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.
The Worlds
It was great being back in this realm of multi-universeses. I love the idea of world-jumping and how things can be so different yet relationships can be the same or at least similar. I will forever be fascinated by what Claudia Gray decides to do next in terms of what world she is going to bring us to and what factors have changed to make this world what it is. I won't spoil any worlds we get to visit this time but I will say it wasn't always easy. Not everything is the same and Marguerite has had to face some really hard truths.

The Love
I love the idea of fate and destiny and true love. While that element was still present in this book, it wasn't as prominent as I would have liked. I get it. The point of the book and plot in this book is to question it to an extent. The idea of questioning who we are at the core and whether it is ever-present and constant or transient. I do appreciate what the author was doing with this. However, overall the book dragged for me. There wasn't that all-consuming need to read it and I didn't feel that overwhelming love. Again, Marguerite and Paul are separated for most of the book and that sucked. Marguerite is playing savior again and trying to find Paul in the universes and it just didn't have that same drive as the first book did. The pacing was slow and it just wasn't that fun to read.

The Villains
The climax of the conflict of all the worlds comes together in this book. It isn't as exciting as one would think. To be honest, the "reason" behind all evil doing is really pretty crazy in a mental institution way, not in a good crazy way. It seems completely certifiable and I just didn't really buy it.

The End
I'm eager to see how Gray wraps up this story. I will definitely still be reading the final book and depending on how that goes, I might end up saying the book should have remained a standalone. We shall see because while I "get" what the point of this book was--again, no spoilers--I didn't see it really adding anything to the original story in the way it could have.

General Admission
If you liked the first book, multi-dimension universes, and true love...this book is for you.

1 comment:

  1. I still really liked TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU! I found it quite fascinating that Gray would allow Marguerite to question all these things, and thematically, it worked for me. I wasn't happy that Paul and Marguerite were apart a lot though :(

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