Written by Claudia Gray
Published November, 2015 by HarperTeen
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Time Travel
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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.
No matter how many books I read, I always get in that slump after a particularly few dull titles that I start to wonder ‘is this it – is my interest in reading really waning?’ It takes a really awesome book to pull me out of that pit of despair, and this month, that book was Ten Thousand Skies Above You.
“Traveling through the worlds gives you perspective. It makes you value what you have.”
I really adored A Thousand Pieces of You, but it wasn’t a favourite. The second instalment, however, trumped the first in every way possible, solidifying its place as possibly my favourite read this year.
The problems I had in the first book? Gone. I just can’t express enough just how much FUN I had reading this book. After closing the last page on a pretty ‘meh’ title before this, I wasn’t sure I was ready to leap into a 400 plus page book… but I managed to read this overnight.
The characters I warmed up to quite a bit in A Thousand Pieces of You are back, but this time they are themselves SQUARED. Does that even make sense? I felt that they were so much more fleshed out this time around and a bajillion times more awesome. They actually learned from their experiences in the past book and were able to recognise their big, HUGE mistakes that I erred over (I’m looking at you, Marguerite!)
“How smug I was, telling Theo how hard we tried to do right by the other selves we visit. I’m so full of it. I took more than this Marguerite’s only night with the man she loved; I took away her choices.”
I love it when characters acknowledge deeply and fully the bad things they’ve done. It makes them more realistic and a whole lot more likable. In A Thousand Pieces of You, Marguerite was a bit wishy-washy for me and I couldn’t believe some of the decisions she made. This time around, Marguerite is willing to acknowledge her naivety and tries to make up for past digressions. This girl grows and learns and I love it!
Theo is also back to ‘redeem’ himself, which was fantastic considering it wasn’t the ‘real’ him who did some pretty shady stuff last book. I love how complex and upbeat his character is. Although he’s deeply in love with Marguerite, it doesn’t make him sour… he fully supports and accepts the love she has for his best friend and ‘brother’, Paul. He’d do anything for either of them.
“When I traveled, and got lost within the other Paul Markovs—I always sensed the differences. The ways they thought and spoke and dreamed that I never would, or could.”
Paul is also very unique and complicated. Although the ‘real’ Paul is quite absent for the majority of Ten Thousands Skies Above You, we encounter so many versions of him that it makes his character quite inescapable. I really enjoy seeing firsthand just how one person can differ throughout the dimensions.
There really is SO MUCH to talk about with this book. The dimensions themselves are so diverse and incredible. Claudia Gray has put in an enormous amount of effort to make each world stand out. From the ‘warverse’ (wow, how breathtaking was this one?) to the ‘corporateverse’ at the end, I couldn’t believe the amount of imagination behind each one. I was also touched by Marguerite’s revisit to the ‘Russiaverse’, which we experienced in book one. It was a nice throwback to those characters and wrapped things up nicely.
“This is bigger than math! You can’t just swap one of us out for another!”
We also learn a lot more about Wyatt Conley and his motives, as well as Triad and their ‘main goal’. I am utterly speechless as to how complex the Firebird conspiracy goes and I am so, so excited to visit this world again soon. When does book three come out? Not soon enough. I can hardly stand how this one ended – that cliffhanger? It’s going to bring such a new element to the series.
All in all, Ten Thousand Skies Above You is fantastic. It takes what was so great with its predecessor and multiplies it. The characters grow, the ‘world-building’ is even vaster and the plot becomes even more thrilling. I can’t think of one boring bit in this book, it was such a page turner.
If you loved A Thousand Pieces of You as much as I did, put down whatever you’re reading now and grab a copy of Ten Thousand Skies Above You. You won’t be disappointed!