Written by Claudia Gray
Published November, 2016 by HarperTeen
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Time Travel
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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.
It’s no secret that I’m a pretty big fan of this series by Claudia Gray, so, it’s also no secret that this was one of my most anticipated books of 2016. The conclusion to the Firebird series was a bittersweet event for me – on one hand, I was super excited for the book and to finally learn the fates of Marguerite, Paul and Theo – and on the other hand, there would be nothing more to look forward to from this world!
“Fate doesn’t guarantee us a happy ending.”
I know that this series isn’t perfect. The first book, A Thousand Pieces of You, had some major flaws I had trouble getting past. In the end, however, I found that I had really enjoyed the world(s) Claudia Gray had created despite my feelings for the characters. By the time the second book, Ten Thousand Skies Above You came around, my excitement for the series had quadrupled. THAT book was amazing, upping the stakes in every way possible and began to promise that this series could cement itself as a favourite of mine. You can imagine my excitement for this one, right?
A Million Worlds With You was an okay addition to the series, but it was certainly not the strongest. It didn’t feel like a finale.
The momentum that had picked up throughout Ten Thousand Skies Above You kind of just fizzled out within the first few pages. Though we had left off on this major cliffhanger (after some pretty heavy reveals plot and motivation-wise), A Million Worlds With You felt like more of the same dimension-jumping we’d seen a number of times before. Now, this could have been due to the many moons that had passed since I read the last book, but not even the handy recaps were enough to draw me back into the world fully.
“The truth is, we meet new people all the time, but we can never tell exactly what they might mean to us. You never know who you’ll forget, or who you’ll need forever.”
Marguerite was back to her old habits, making bad decisions left, right and centre. She’s always been a pretty weak character in my opinion, but at least in Ten Thousand Skies Above You she had begun to grow and learn from these so-called ‘mistakes’. In A Million Worlds With You she totally back-pedals, undoing all her hard work. Stolen kisses with Father Paul in the Romeverse, a pity kiss for Theo in the Warverse… and let’s not even talk about making love to Paul in another Marguerite’s body AGAIN in the Moscowverse. She’d claim that these things were for the ‘other Marguerite’, but I couldn’t help but feel that she was all too eager to hijack these important milestones.
Paul and his relationship with Marguerite also weighed this book down. You’d think the ‘I’m no good for you’ trope would have been resolved by the third book, but apparently not. We had this really awesome time-sensitive plotline regarding the Home Office obliterating entire dimensions, yet Marguerite and Paul are arguing about the future of their relationship and whether ‘fate’ exists enough to make it work.
Now, it wasn’t bad. There were actually some pretty cool moments within A Million Worlds With You such as the meeting of the Marguerites. In a world where multiple clones of Marguerite exists, there is a chance for all the versions of Marguerite we’ve encountered to come together. They have a conference of sorts, trading information and coming up with plans to protect their respective dimensions. It also enables the Marguerites to quiz ‘our’ Marguerite on her motivations and enable her to answer for her actions while using their bodies.
You guessed it, Russiaverse Marguerite finally has a chance to give our Marguerite the ‘what the hell were you thinking’ speech. Marguerite’s total violation of her body in the Russiaverse was my major problem with A Thousand Pieces of You, so you can imagine how eager I was to see her be dressed down by the Grand Duchess. Despite ‘accidentally’ impregnating the Grand Duchess after a stolen night in a Dacha with Lt. Paul Markov, Marguerite is THANKED when the two finally come face to face… You see, the Grand Duchess would NEVER have had the courage to act on her feelings with Lt. Markov. She would have been confined to an unhappy life with a man not of her choosing, never having the courage to act upon her own feelings. So, instead of a scolding, Marguerite gets a thank you. A THANK YOU. The hardest lesson Marguerite had to learn (that her actions could have terrible consequences) was all but erased.
“If our destiny is nothing more than a prediction of a collision, an intersection between two paths, then we don’t have a destiny at all.”
As for the ending, well, too put it simply – I was expecting more.
The twist I had been expecting and betting all my chips on (that Marguerite, Paul and Theo’s dimension is not OUR dimension) was proven true but nothing – absolutely nothing! – was done with it. Wicked, our main villain, had her motivations for ‘evil’ explained away as her just being a spoiled brat who wanted her parents’ attention. Her parents, the masterminds behind all this dimension destruction, were easily persuaded otherwise as soon as they were confronted with our Marguerite and her spoken appeal. Nothing about it was the end I wanted (or expected) for this series.
I WANTED to love A Million Worlds With You, but it was just okay. It was a page-turner, but sadly didn’t deliver in all departments. The ending was weak, the romance was predictable and drawn out and the characters seemed to backtrack in terms of development. There were however some fun scenes, creative aspects and fantastic world-building. If you’ve come this far with the series, it’s worthwhile to finish it, but set your sights low. Expect more of the same and not much more in terms of twists.