Series Review – Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray

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A Thousand Pieces of You, Ten Thousand Skies Above You and A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #1, #2 and #3)

Author: Claudia Gray

Publication: November 4th 2014, November 3rd 2015 and November 1st 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Kindle Edition 373 pages, Kindle Edition 424 pages and Kindle Edition 336 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction and Travel

Read: March, April and November 2016

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A Thousand Pieces of You

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.
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.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

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Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This story jumps right into the premise. That was kind of disorienting and the beginning of the story was slow in the beginning. It’s filled with mystery, suspense and action. There’s a lot of history and science weaved throughout the story because it deals with dimensional travel which makes it very entertaining.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed the writing style because it’s visually rich and engaging. It’s detailed and descriptive though it can be cheesy at times. I found the writing to be very imaginative and the science aspect wasn’t as hard to understand as I expected it to be.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I really liked meeting the cast of characters in this series and seeing how their relationships with each other develop.Marguerite is our main character and narrator. I liked her in a general sense. She told the story very well and was likeable. However, she’s impulsive and indecisive which had me frustrated with her at times. She’s also determined and smart and full of tenacity which made her a force to be reckoned with when she had her goals in mind. I hope to see more growth in her character.
There are also a few side characters and they are all very different in personalities and ambitions. There are two that have a more in depth look in this book which I found very interesting. Again they both have different personalities but my favorite part was seeing their interactions and how their relationships change and develop, not only with the main character but also with each other. I hope to be able to learn more about them in the upcoming books.

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Ten Thousand Skies Above You

5 Stars

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.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Again, the story in this book is slow in the beginning. It includes a lot of catching up with what happened after the events of the first book. It’s action packed and full of conspiracy theories. It deals with death, love and ethics and personal morals. The ending is incredibly heart wrenching but I loved how beautiful and intricate the different dimensions are.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing style in this series is great. It’s visually rich with its descriptions and details, it’s so easy to imagine all the different settings. It’s intense, engaging and really emotional. The author has a really big imagination and she’s really creative to come up with all these different scenarios that work scientifically yet work with a normal reader to be easily understandable.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
The relationships between the cast of characters is definitely getting much more intense and much more complicated.
Marguerite is awesome. I’ve really loved seeing her development in these books. She’s determined and headstrong, she has a single minded focus to get things right. In this book in particular, she’s really emotional and vulnerable. So many different things change in this book and she tries her best to deal with them.
The rest of the cast goes through so much as individuals as well as together. This book in particular is really tough on everyone. Each character has so much growth and development and it was enjoyable to read.

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A Million Worlds with You

5 Stars

Synopsis
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 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.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I am beyond in love with this book. The plot of this one was filled with mystery, action, suspense, adventure, violence and just a lot of freaking twists and turns that I did not see coming. There’s a steady pace throughout the whole book that kept me hooked and reading. The ending was both simple and yet unexpected.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve fallen in love with the way these books are written. It’s so imaginative, intense, powerful and emotional. There’s an intricate way to how the story and the different dimensions are weaved together that is really fun to read. It’s descriptive, detailed, and engaging. I think the author is very creative and imaginative to have come up with such a great series arc.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I am now totally in love with this cast of characters, they’re my little babies and I just want them safe okay?!
Marguerite is a great main character and narrator. I’ve really come to enjoy both her personality and her perspective in this story. In this book, she’s absolutely petrified but pushes forward with her determination to save the people she loves. I love how she’s not cocky or overconfident, she really understands what is at stake and how she fits into all of it. She’s so smart and emotional though hopeful. I loved seeing her growth throughout the series.
The rest of the cast also goes through some extensive character development, from the smallest side characters to the bigger ones. I think it’s a very interesting dynamic considering how the characters encounter their friends’, parents’, enemies’, etc other selves from different dimensions and it’s intriguing to see how that gives them each a separate sort of insight into the people they love.

Emotionally

I think this series is going to be on my favorites list because I really really enjoyed going on this interesting and complex dimensions journey with these characters.

I had some high expectations for this first book and while the beginning was slow, I ended up enjoying it a lot. The plot is intricate. We follow Marguerite who travels to different dimensions hunting down her father’s suspected killer. The book starts by throwing you into the action right away which turned me off a bit and made it harder for me to connect. I like to slowly be introduced to a story because it makes it easier to slip into this new world. This book because it started so quickly made it harder for me to get into the story. It definitely had my attention but it still felt like an average book. It wasn’t until I got halfway through that I got swept away and really invested in the outcome. It took that long for me to slip into the story but once I did, it was so engaging and entertaining. The different dimensions were what captured me instantly. There’s so much creativity and imagination that came with them. We travel to four different kinds of alternate dimensions: futuristic London, 1900’s Tsar inspired Russia, a slightly more advanced version of the first dimension and an underwater living world. They were all so detailed and they all had kind of different personalities to them. It’s so interesting to see how they would change based on the smallest of differences yet it creates an entirely new world. It’s honestly my favorite part of this book, it’s so entertaining to see where we’re going next. Marguerite is interesting. She’s really impulsive and indecisive which was kind of frustrating. I wanted her to be more decisive and conscious of what she was doing. She literally takes off into a different/alternate dimension to look for the guy she thinks killed her father to kill him and she doesn’t really have a plan beyond that. She’s not even 100% that that’s what happened but she’s willing to kill another human being anyway. But then she learns other things and gets pelted with different theories and starts to switch between choices. I really liked her tenacity and determination. I really want to see more growth from her character. There’s a lot of side characters in this book and some that have a particular spotlight in the story. The most interesting thing about it is that we get to see how their personalities change and stay the same depending on their environment. I want to talk briefly about each of them. Paul is extremely intense. He has a really quiet and protective personality. He’s incredibly smart and devoted and I really liked getting to know him. Theo has a very showy personality, he’s definitely the most outgoing of the cast. He’s really funny and flirty though rebellious and also very smart. Definitely not my favorite but I enjoyed him. Also one of my favorite things about this book is that the parents play a big role in the plot which doesn’t happen a lot in YA.

This second book blew the first one out of the water! It had a lot more action, more dimensions and more surprises. The plot is full of non-stop action. We follow Marguerite who has to travel between dimensions again on a mission to collect the pieces of Paul’s splintered soul as well as maybe find a cure for the affects of Nighthief on Theo’s body. The beginning in this book was slow, in a way to help the reader catch up with what happened between the end of the first book and this second one. But the action happens right after that and doesn’t let up throughout the entire book. It kept me on the edge of my seat and completely engaged the entire time I was reading. The plot in this book in particular is really intense and emotional, a lot of things could go wrong and every change and twist was agonizing and powerful. We get to travel to a lot more dimensions in this book and I love what that ignited in the development of the characters. There’s something to be said about confronting what path your life might have taken because of different decisions by your parents and by your own and how that changes you as a person. The characters really have to confront the similarities and differences between their alternate selves and who they are whether it’s good or bad. I really enjoyed that part of the book. And it’s also interesting to see how the relationships between people may change with each dimension. The author played a lot with how the same people tend to show up around you, no matter which dimension you’re in, but also with shifting how they relate to you depending on the kind of life you live. It’s such an intriguing concept. This book in particular had so many surprises and twists and turns, specially in the last half of the book that really build up to a huge revelation and game changer at the end that really expands and intensifies what the next book will be about. Marguerite is on a kind of emotional roller coaster in this book. She’s up and down all the time and really warring with herself about various different things. She feels she’s doing the right thing for the people she loves but she also has to do some things that she considers wrong to make sure her loved ones are safe. It causes a lot of internal struggles for her, decided between what’s more important: her ethics and morals or love and keeping people safe. It made for some interesting development in her character that I enjoyed reading. She’s still determined to come out on top and I love her attitude. The side characters also have a lot of development, we get to see more in depth into their personalities in this book which I really enjoyed. Paul is a little bit absent in the sense that the original dimension version of his character is rarely on the page, instead we get to see a lot of different versions of him in their own form. That was a really intense and emotional process, not only for the characters but also for the readers. I kind of want the original back though. Theo is someone that I felt I didn’t get to know as well in the first book for a certain reason so it was nice to get to know his character and personality in this book. He’s really selfless while still being really flirty and funny. He’s scared a lot in this book but that just makes him much more real and honest.

I was so excited to read this third book and conclusion and I must say that it was a total roller coaster ride! The plot is intense. We follow Marguerite who jumps into multiple universes to save them and the versions of herself from death and destruction. Going into this, I had no clue what was going to happen and I was completely blown away by it! This book was so intense and intricate. There are a lot of things going on and there are so many different pieces to try and keep things together and it honestly feels like the cast of characters will not be able to pull it off in time. One of my favorite parts is being able to travel to old dimensions we’ve been to before as well as new ones that we had yet to discover. The concept and the way these dimensions develop is still so amazing to me. The novelty hasn’t worn off and I think it’s really cool how the author has managed to layer so many different scientific like theories and possibilities into these three books that while they all come from the same basics, each book has something specific leading it which makes room to learn more about the science behind the story. This book, like the second one, is full of non-stop action and suspense. It manages to feel like the enemy is always one step ahead of the main character and the rest of the cast, so it gives me this huge sense of doom like they won’t be able to do this! Ahhh! hahaha It’s very entertaining when you realize how invested you’ve become in this great series but not so much when you’re anxious about what will happen next. There are so many crazy twists and turns that really take the plot to a whole new level but I really enjoy how it’s not the sole focus. There’s a lot of attention placed on the relationships between the characters and their emotional connections to each other as well as their personal growth. I feel like from the first book to this one, every main character has changed and evolved because of what they’ve been through and that makes the journey so worth reading. There were some funny moments thrown in that really lightened up the mood and while I think the ending was too simple for my tastes and didn’t really feel like a good close, the epilogue was absolutely beautiful. Marguerite grows so much in this book. She’s had so much development in the first two books but I think this one really takes the cake. She’s had such a hard time coming to terms with what her alternate selves say about her and she really goes on a introspective journey in this book. She finally manages to come to terms with her “darker” self and with how more “negative” attributes and what that could lead to in a harsher childhood environment. It’s one of the concepts that intrigued me the most about this series and I’m glad it was explored until the end. The side characters almost feel like they have as big a role as Marguerite in the development of the books. Paul in this book broke my little heart to pieces. I think he’s had the toughest deal handed to him in this series and it definitely shows in this book. He’s officially one of my favorite cinnamon rolls and I feel like he’s grown almost as much or more than Marguerite. Theo has a different kind of development. He becomes more serious as the series continues but without losing his charm and general funny disposition. He’s such a kind soul and while his conclusion was a little sad, I think it was something that made a lot of sense to his character. The relationship that Marguerite has with her parents and her sister is really important and really relevant in the plot of the books. It’s so nice to see those kinds of familial relationships be taken seriously in a YA series and for them to not only be present, but be center stage as well. Everything Marguerite does could not be possible without her parents and her family and I love their love for each other, no matter the dimension they are in.

Overall, I’m a huge fan of this series. I read the first two books as buddy reads and it made the whole experience that much richer. The different plots have such a great combination between science and contemporary elements, they’re action packed and entertaining. I fell in love with the cast of characters and I feel like they all grow throughout all three books. I wish there was more to read from all these crazy different worlds and I can’t wait to see what else the author has in store.

So that’s it for this post! So… this was supposed to be my Monday review for the week. I couldn’t finish it on Sunday because it was Christmas Day and I was lazying around. I tried to finish it yesterday to post it late but I had a stomach ache all day so this was the best I could do. I hope you guys will consider picking up this series because I really enjoyed it and I need more people to chat about it with. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!

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23 thoughts on “Series Review – Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray

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  2. I’m glad to hear that the series improves after the first book! Though the second book sounds like a repackaging of the first, just with slightly different stakes; I tend to be bored by sequels like that. I’ll definitely have to pick it up sometime, though. Great reviews! 😀

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