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Monday, September 19, 2016

September TBR Pile Book Club: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Hi guys! Welcome to the September TBR Pile Book Club where we'll discuss A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray! A huge thank you to everyone who will join us to discuss this AMAZING book!

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About the Book

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Published: November 4, 2014 by Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

"I meant it when I said I didn’t believe in love at first sight. It takes time to really, truly fall for someone. Yet I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely. Part of you belongs to him; part of him belongs to you. After that, you can’t take it back, no matter how much you want to, no matter how hard you try."
Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.
"If not for yourself, my lady, stay alive for me."

Our eyes meet.

His next words are a whisper. "I have no need for a world without you in it."
This, I think, is the boundary line of adulthood. Not the crap they claim it is- graduating from high school or losing your virginity or getting your first apartment or whatever. You cross the boundary the first time you're changed forever. You cross it the first time you know you can never go back.
Apparently, when people travel between dimensions, their physical forms are "no longer observable," which is a quantum mechanics thing, and explaining it involves this whole story about a cat that's in a box and is simultaneously alive and dead until you open the box, and it gets seriously complicated. Never ask a physicist about that cat.
"If your mother had any idea we were talking about this, she'd skin me alive. I'm not being metaphorical about that. I think she could actually, literally skin me. She gets these wild eyes sometimes. There's Cossack blood in her; I'd bet anything."
"You are not my Marguerite. And yet—you are. This essential thing you share—your soul—that is what I love.” Paul’s smile is sadder and more beautiful than I have ever seen before. “I would love you in any shape, in any world, with any past. Never doubt that."

Discussion Questions

1) What was your favorite dimension that Marguerite visited? Which one would have most liked to travel to as her?

2) If you visited an alternate dimension, what do you think it would be like or what would you want it to be like?

3) While I'm not a fan of this love triangle, I think Claudia's approach to it was intriguing. How are your feelings toward the romance(s)?

4) Claudia treated us to two insane plot twists - one in chapter 24 and one in chapter 25. Did you see either of them coming or were you just as blindsided as I was?!

5) Will you continue the series?

Please leave your answers and any favorite quotes in the comment section below and don't forget to respond to other comments so we can have an amazing discussion! We'll be checking in and responding as well  :)

Keep in mind that if you haven't read A Thousand Pieces of You, we WILL be discussing spoilers. Avoid the comments if you don't want to be spoiled!

Additionally, do NOT post any spoilers regarding Ten Thousand Skies Above You or A Million Worlds with You (I don't think ARCs have gone out for this, but just to be safe). We read all the comments and not only will your comment be deleted in its entirely, but you'll spoil the books for us and that's a dick move.

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