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.
This second novel of the Firebird series picks up where we left off, jumping between dimensions as we dive deeper into the multiverse theory, cross-dimensional travel, and an evermore complicated romantic triangle between Marguerite, Theo, and Paul.
Like the first book of the series, the best feature of Ten Thousand Skies Above You was the cross-dimensional travel. In this second book, we explore even further the ethics of cross-dimensional travel and consciously inhabiting and controlling another person’s body and actions. Despite good intentions, Marguerite quickly learns that her actions in every dimension have consequences.
Unlike the first book, the majority of the dimensions we travel to in Ten Thousand Skies Above You have very minor differences in technology. Gray used this to her advantage to work on subtle character development. Through Marguerite’s cross-dimensional travels, we get to explore how different surroundings and environments can influence one’s behaviors and attitudes. It is an interesting flip of the nature versus nurture argument. Are people inherently the same at their core being, or do their surroundings influence their personality? Then there is the idea of fate: are two people destined to find each other or is it just chance, choice, and circumstance?
Due to the fact that we spend the majority of this book following Marguerite on her quest to save Paul’s splintered soul, we get to explore other characters in more depth. By the end of this book, I was much more connected and invested in Theo. The love triangle between Marguerite, Paul, and Theo makes much more sense in this book than it did in A Thousand Pieces of You. Through the cross-dimensional travels, Marguerite encounters several dimensions where she discovers that she chose Theo over Paul, which makes her question the foundation of her relationship with Paul. Is fate real? Or is life simply a series of choices? I am not saying that I am “Team Theo,” but I love the exploration of the idea of fate and soul mates through this love triangle.
Unlike A Thousand Pieces of You, this book started off slowly. In a departure from her usual methods, Gray spent too much time summarizing and addressing things that we learned in the first book. This was particularly frustrating as I finished the first book just a few weeks ago. It does eventually pick back up, and Gray resumes the fast pace that she set in A Thousand Pieces of You.
On the whole, Ten Thousand Skies Above You was a great sequel to an interesting book about cross-dimensional travel with likable characters. Even though it stumbled through the beginning with a slow start, the plot was engaging and intricate and left me wanting to read the third book in the series.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)
I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, GoodReads, Instagram or (of course) my own home page.
Genre: Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction
Read… on a rainy Saturday while… the boyfriend played Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild.
Title: Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2)
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