Series: Firebird #3
Published by HarperTeen on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the centre 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.
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.
Traveling to other dimensions can be scary—but I’ve never been thrown into anything as terrifying as this.
I stayed up too late reading this. A Million Worlds With You is a vast improvement over Ten Thousand Skies Above You already; it doesn’t drag, and the way it ties all the dimensions together is great.
You know how in YA novels sometimes you end up rolling your eyes because no one even thinks to just ask an adult? Well, Marguerite’s parents are fantastic in any universe. It’s one of the things I really like in this series because it’s such a nice change to the distant, or awful, or dead (or all three at once!) parents in YA fiction. We hear a lot about how they meet in the series (and sometimes how they meet in other universes), but I’d kind of love to read more about them.
Marguerite faces a lot in this one; her ideas of fate are challenged again, an alternate version of herself is causing chaos, Paul’s changed, and Triadverse Theo is back. Compared to the second book, she revises her opinions a lot through the course of the book, and grows as a character and I was very happy to see it. Granted, it does take her a long while, but she gets there.
Sweet, socially awkward people must be my type because Paul has been one of my favourite characters throughout this series. Even while he was dealing with a lot over the course of the books, and dealing with the aftermath of those events as well, he never speaks down on Marguerite. He does go through the whole ‘you’ll be better off without me’ thing though, which is a pain, and while I understand where he’s coming from it is completely aggravating and I did get sick of reading about it.
On the other hand… it’s not like we got to read much about it. A heap of Paul’s development happens off screen. Or in a cop-out dimension. As cute as it was, cop-out dimension was one of my least favourites, however the dimension in Chapter 21 is gold (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
“I know, little brother,” Theo says with a wry grin, leaning against the wall with his arms crossed. “I had this dream too.”
Everything links up really well in this one, and alternate Marguerite (aka Wicked) is fun to read about. I like that she’s awful and different to Marguerite so she has to challenge the way Marguerite looks at things. Marguerite also understands her which makes things much better in the terms of how Marguerite grows in the novels, too.
Unfortunately, the ending is a total cop-out (not to be confused with cop-out dimension). I feel like if people in one dimension were as determined as they were to take control or destroy multiple dimensions they wouldn’t stop as quickly as they did. As much as they’re supposed to reflect other characters in the novel, I really do feel like it wasn’t enough. Especially with how far they had progressed in their goal too.
I love how family is a focus in this series. It’s nice to have a YA series focus on family as well as everything else. Marguerite is surrounded by people who love her and appreciate her differences to them and it is lovely. I love how everyone encourages each other to explore their own ideas in this series, and I’d quite happily read about their everyday shenanigans.
The Firebird trilogy isn’t very sci-fi for sci-fi, and the rules of dimension travel seem to change a little bit every novel, but it’s a fun and cute series with plenty of cliffhangers. Plus, multiple Pauls and Marguerite wanting to punch people in the face. What’s not to love?