Monday, January 2, 2017

#Monday Review - A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray #YALIT #Science Fiction

Series: Firebird # 3
Format: Hardcover, 419 pages
Release Date: November 1st 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Library
Genre: YA, Science Fiction

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.

A Million Worlds with You is the third and final installment in author Claudia Gray's Firebird trilogy. The story picks up right where Ten Thousand Skies Above You left off. Narrator Marguerite Caine is a brilliant artist, and the daughter of two even more impressive scientist parents. She has traveled to a whole slew of multiverses thanks to her parents Firebird. She's even been to Triad's Home World where she learned about their plans that will cost billions of lives if they are not stopped. 

But, first she has a whole new challenge to deal with. Her alter-ego & adversary Wicked, is on a mission to make Marguerite's job even harder by destroying other versions of her. Wicked isn't alone in that regard. There are still some issues that need to be resolved in regards to those in charge. But, we shall leave that alone for fear of adding spoilers to this review. In this reality, when your host dies while you are in their body, you die. Marguerite is what's known as the perfect traveler. She has the ability to maintain her own memories and control while in another version of herself. That has left some interesting storylines behind, especially while she was in Russiaverse.  

Wicked travels to various multi-verses in an effort to kill the host Marguerite. This sends Marguerite from Berkeleyverse, Londonverse, Egyptverse, SpaceVerse, RomeVerse, WarVerse & Triadverse to name a few. Marguerite's plans are all laid out on hope. Hope that she can convince other universes, most especially her parents, to join with her own in an attempt to stop Triad from being successful with their plans. That also means some very interesting story twists, with Paul, Theo, and her parents being important cogs in her plans.

Did anyone else love the conclave of Marguerite's including the Grand Duchess? Over the course of this series, Marguerite's fate has been entwined with that of Paul Markov. There have places where Theo Beck was her love interest, but when all is said and done, Paul is the one that fate seems to want her to be with. As the story unfolds, Paul has some major issues thanks to Triad tearing his soul to pieces. Even though Marguerite put him back together, Paul is depressed, angry, fatalistic, and leaning dangerously towards the dark side of his personality. 

The series has finally resolved itself by shedding the desire to continue the sham of a love triangle with Meg, Paul, & Theo. I am happy that Paul and Theo are able to work out some of their issues and move on without becoming adversaries that weighed down the story. I am happy that Theo is happy for Paul and Meg, and doesn't sit around mopping. Theo has always been the big brother to Paul who hasn't exactly had the most pain free life.

This story does something truly amazing. In one world, Meg finds herself in a 1980's version of Russia. Meg's Russia version is deaf, and therefore so is she. How remarkable is it to find an author who truly breaks down the barriers and gives even more depth to Meg's character? How awesome was it that Meg accepted her situation and didn't bemoan and waste time worrying about something that she had no control over? 

A Million Worlds with You is action packed, filled with adventures, surprises, twists, and an interesting ending to the series. The author hits on an interesting concept that we all live with darkness inside of us. We have to wake up every morning and try to be our good version, and not let the darkness overwhelm us. I think that's a fantastic idea for everyone to work towards. Everyone struggle's with their own issues. Don't let the issues push us into doing something we will all regret in the end. 

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