Monday, November 9, 2015

#Monday Review - Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray (Young Adult, Science Fiction)

Series: Firebird # 2
Format: E-Galley, 432 pages
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

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.

Ten Thousand Skies Above is the second installment in author Claudia Gray's Firebird series. A series which has been compared to Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black. The Firebird series began with Marguerite Caine chasing down the man, Paul Markov, who was accused of killing her father. Thanks to her physicist parents ground breaking creation of the technology known as Firebird, Marguerite has the ability to jump into multiple universes.

These multiverses are actually a series of infinite parallel universes layered upon one another. Marguerite has traveled to dimensions like Oceanverse, Russiaverse, and. Londonverse. Marguerite has discovered that in nearly every multiverse she travels to, she will eventually meet up with Paul who she has become close to. Whether it is by design, or by fate, it is increasingly obvious that they belong together.

In Ten Thousand Skies Above, Marguerite finds herself chasing after Paul's soul thanks to the megalomaniac Wyatt Conley of Triad. Wyatt won't let the idea go of having Marguerite work for him and continues to stymie her in all sorts of ways. Wyatt's desire for Marguerite comes from the fact that she is the perfect traveler; she remembers everything that occurs in the multiverse in any body she takes over.

This story takes Marguerite to a war-torn San Francisco (Warverse), the criminal underworld of New York City (Mafiaverse), and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite we met in the first novel, hides a shocking secret that might change everything (Return to Russiaverse), and finally to Triadverse where Wyatt and his people are creating all sorts of trouble.

Theo has probably the most curious storyline in this whole book while Paul is off stage hoping to be rescued. He is even given some quality time with Marguerite which raises a few questions. He travels with her to the various new verses mentioned above, and therein lies the ultimate kick in the ass. Does Gray want readers to believe that Marguerite will eventually find Theo more to her liking than Paul, or will the ends finally justify the means?

Compared to A Thousand Pieces of You this novel isn't as fluid. It is still an entertaining and worthwhile story and yes, I will be reading the next installment once it is released. The entertaining parts happen mostly towards the end of this book which has left me with a few screaming episodes. There are some major twists and an ending that Holy Bleep Bleeping cliffhanger! What? Bam, just like that I am lost for words. 

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (Edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

1 comment:

  1. OOoh nice! I can't wait to read this one! I have it, just not the time to read it just yet! Glad to see it was a worthy read, if not as great as the first one! Great review!