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.
In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.
Claudia Gray concludes her stellar Firebird trilogy in this final installment, A Million Worlds with You, and it was fantastic! If you have not read the first two books in this trilogy, you can find my reviews here (Firebird #1 and Firebird #2).
Part of what makes the Firebird trilogy so captivating is its originality. Gray’s exploration of love and fate through parallel dimensions of the multiverse created a powerful narrative and exploration about the concept of destiny versus free will. If I am being honest, I put a lot of pressure on Gray to successfully tackle and resolve such a heavy concept, and she did a great job!
By far, the best thing about this individual book and the entire trilogy is the cross-dimensional travel. In A Million Words with You, Gray once again effortlessly tackles such a complicated scientific theory. Throughout the entire Firebird trilogy, Gray has found the perfect balance between the scientific theory of the multiverse and the fictional concept of conscious traveling across dimensions. The Firebird trilogy does a great job of explaining the why and the how of the science without getting bogged down in it. In A Million Worlds with You, we visit some of the worlds from the previous two books but we also get to explore a few more new worlds. Each world is so different and yet so similar – that is what makes this trilogy so fascinating. Without missing a beat, Gray can transport us to fictional worlds that are incredibly believable with minimal amounts of exposition and world building.
Beyond her world-building skills, Gray’s strongest skill as a writer in this trilogy is creating characters that you will grow to love. In each of the three books of this trilogy, I have grown attached to each and every one of our main characters. What makes it even more interesting is that, while there are really only a handful of characters, we get to explore them in depth as we see how they are and what they could be through different dimensions/worlds. It was an interesting character study to see how a different world and different set of circumstances could change a person; again, it was an interesting exploration of destiny versus free will.
The first book in this trilogy, A Thousand Pieces of You, focused on the shared and similar traits between individuals of the multiverse. The second book in the trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, focused more on the differences between individuals of the multiverse. Naturally, A Million Worlds with You strikes a middle ground, accepting that every individual can have a good and bad version of themselves; the potential for all behavior (good or evil) exists within each of us.
Caution: Spoilers ahead… Scroll down to the image below or beware.
While I loved so many different things about this trilogy, there were three things that kept me from giving this book a full five stars:
1) The predictable romance between Marguerite and Paul.
As you read through the trilogy, it is not a matter of “will they or won’t they,” but more of a matter of “when will they?”
2) The lack of culpability for Marguerite’s actions and terrible choices in her other-dimension-self’s bodies.
I agree 100% with Nice Girls Read Books’ opinion on this one. Russiaverse Marguerite finally has a chance to give our/the main Marguerite the “what the hell were you thinking when you had sex and got me pregnant” speech. Throughout the whole trilogy, I really struggled with the concept of consent when it came to Marguerite and Paul’s sexual encounter in A Thousand Pieces of You; I struggled with it even more when we later learned that Rusiaverse Marguerite got pregnant from that encounter. Despite “accidentally” impregnating the Grand Duchess after a stolen night with Lt. Paul Markov, Marguerite is thanked when her and the Russiaverse counterpart finally come face to face. Gray argues that the Grand Duchess would never have had the courage to act on her feelings with Lt. Markov; that 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. Instead of a scolding, Marguerite gets a thank you. This felt like a cop-out for me, particularly with such an ethically muddied area of consent in cross-dimensional conscious traveling (just thinking about it can give you a headache).
3) The excuses made for Wicked’s bad behavior instead of just letting her be evil.
Wicked, our main villain and the evil version of Marguerite, had her motivations for her evil actions explained away as a result of a lack of attention from her parents and sibling jealousy. Wicked had all of the potential of a sociopath. Explaining away her actions felt like a justification of her actions, and it felt like another cop-out; just let Wicked be wicked and explore what it means to truly be evil and a sociopath. This would have made for much darker trilogy, but I think it would have been fascinating.
It is no secret that Claudia Gray is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors (please write more Star Wars books!) and it is no secret that I have loved and devoured the Firebird trilogy. In the end, A Million Worlds with You was a satisfying and natural end to the trilogy – there were no huge twists, but the story was neatly finished and it lived up to the high expectations I had set for it. If you like science fiction, cross-dimensional travel, the theory of the multiverse, and/or a hearty dose of romance, then pick up the Firebird trilogy and start reading!
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Title: A Million Worlds With You (Firebird #3)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romantic
Read… on a Saturday afternoon while… watching the rain fall sideways.
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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.
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