Book: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #2
Date Published: November 3rd, 2015
Date Started: December 16th, 2015
Date Finished: December 25th, 2015
Other Books Reviewed: A Thousand Pieces of You
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.
The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.
*There are spoilers for A Thousand Pieces of You in this review because its unavoidable.*
Almost a year ago, I fell completely in love with A Thousand Pieces of You. The writing was just so beautiful and my god, that cover! This series has romance, mystery, multi-universe travel, and so much more. It truly is beautiful and I cannot wait for more in the third book.
I really loved the romance int he first book. Its so complicated and you didn’t know which way you wanted it to go. Everything felt like it was resolved int he first boo, but everything gets turned upside down in Ten Thousand Skies Above You. Its like every path that Marguerite takes in this book is the right one but also the wrong one at the same time. There are so many different consequences when it comes to the people she loves. Everything just gets so complicated because there are so many different versions of each person. I’m not sure if everyone can be saved!
The parallel universe travel aspect was fantastic, just like it was in the first book. Marguerite seemed to visit more universes this time, but none of them became my favorite. I wanted to fall in love with one of the new universes like I did with the Russiaverse in the first book. I was really hoping to fall in love with the Paris universe since it was featured on the cover and I love Paris, but it wasn’t as immersive. In fact, none of them were. Marguerite seemed to be jumping from universe to universe so often. Everything seemed to revolve around a conspiracy. This book was definitely more driven by action than anything else. What I did appreciate about there being more parallel universes was the fact that there were more versions of every person. You get to see how each person turns out in different circumstances and it really changes Marguerite’s view of things and the people she knows.
I also really liked how morals and ethics are explored in this book. It wasn’t really a problem in the first book, but book two seemed to deal a lot more with the consequences of things that happened in book one. I love that science and ethics go hand in hand with this book, as it should in real life. It kind of becomes a driving force and I really liked exploring that in the book.
I could keep going on and on about all the things I love about this book, but nothing compares to the ending. I kept hearing about a cliffhanger, but I didn’t get any hint of it until the very last line. It hit me like a bus and now I’m left desperately wanting the third book. And to make things worse, we have to wait almost a whole year!
This series is really beautiful and I cannot recommend it enough. I wasn’t as enamored with Ten Thousand Skies Above You, but its still a unique book worth reading. This series is definitely one of my favorites and I cannot recommend it enough!