Ten Thousand Skies Above You – Claudia Gray

Synopsis

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.

Review

Amazing, chilling, and definitely gripping. Once again, I postponed reading this book for so long, only to love it immensely. Claudia Gray is a master. This story has so many twists and turns that pleasantly surprise me. There are interesting questions on ethics and existentialism.

I also enjoyed all of the worlds visited in this book, unlike the first one. The first one was largely centred on this old-world Russian empire, which I hadn’t signed up for. But the close realities, the sharp differences (of the warverse and mobverse), the payoff of understanding the “home office” and its motives, as well as the visit to Russia once more? Perfectly paced, perfectly long, and absolutely captivating. I love how Marguerite got to learn about the consequences of her actions. I like how her prior hypotheses got upheaved based on new experiences. There are always more scenarios and more options out there! Does she love every Paul? Are they all essentially the same in quality? How could this sort of thing impact you? So many questions, so much to think about.

I am really looking forward to the next installment. I would love to understand this cold-hearted person’s motives and rationale. I need answers to explain “Evil Theo.” Are they in love? What else could it be? And will the multiverse ever be safe? GAH!

Related Reading

  • The Here and Now – Ann Brashares
  • My Name is Memory – Ann Brashares
  • Every Day – David Levithan
  • A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray (naturally)

Rating: 5/5

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