Series: Firebird #2
Published by HarperTeen on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
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.
There are cliffhangers galore in this series, I swear. Ten Thousand Skies Above You drops you straight into the action after A Thousand Pieces of You, but I couldn’t help but feel like it was missing something.
This book confronts many of the questions I wish had been mentioned at least slightly in the first novel. The idea of splintering was something that would have been a great thing to bring up in the first novel as well as another reason for Marguerite not to travel dimensions and then do so anyway. While the Firebirds she’d used hadn’t been tested originally, the possible dangers of travelling dimensions hadn’t been expanded upon as much as they could have been—they had in this.
Another one was the Night Shade (the drug that allows travellers better control over their host’s body and the need for less reminders), and I’m so glad to see that the troubles with using it as often as Theo had weren’t glossed over in this. It was good to see how it was affecting the characters and their decisions, however it isn’t her friend in peril that causes Marguerite to cross dimensions again. It’s Paul.
I get it, love is a many splendored thing, but I would have loved for Marguerite to think more of her friends in this rather than her ever-encompassing love for Paul.
Paul brushed a curl away from my cheek. In almost a whisper—because he was still shy about saying it—he told me, “I love you.”
“And I love you. In any world, any universe.”
His smile was crooked. “This world is enough.”
Speaking of her love for Paul, the book brings up very good questions about destiny and directions that life can go. Personally, as lovely as Marguerite and Paul being together in every dimension would be, I really like that we got to visit dimensions where they hadn’t met or weren’t together. This does bring the love triangle back to the front of the focus for a while though. But I feel like it wraps it up quite nicely here rather than dragging it any further on than necessary.
It also brings up how ethical it is to take control of someone’s life, and how it’s handled showing the aftermath of Marguerite’s time in Russia is a great way to do it. While it doesn’t stop her from moving onto the next dimension to save Paul, it does lead her to be more careful and respectful of the Marguerites she inhabits which is lovely.
I loved the new dimensions in this book. I kept wanting to read more about them, and they always brought a new perspective for Marguerite. Personally, I don’t like the way she took it as she never seems to take the different choices people make and so on into consideration, but it did suit her character. Marguerite’s faced with her idea that every person across dimensions is fundamentally the same person underneath getting challenged.
As glad as I was to see these things brought up, though, the first half of the book is very slow. I found myself having to force myself to keep reading for a while, but it picks up in the second half and I couldn’t put it down.
Once again, the story ends on a cliffhanger, and I can not wait to see what it brings.