“A thousand lives. A thousand possibilities. One fate.
Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother’s latest invention, a device called the Firebird that allows people to leap into alternate dimensions.
When Marguerite’s father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person—Paul, her parents’ enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul slips into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn’t count on Marguerite.
With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps into, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Soon, she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible”
This book is in essence a love story with an intriguing concept that allows for many different worlds to be built and explored. This book combines science fiction with historical fiction and fantasy but it is at its heart a young adult romance. I think the interesting premise that Claudia Gray is exploring alone makes the book worth reading but you may struggle if you don’t like romances or love triangles.
Marguerite and I immediately got off on the wrong foot as I struggled to understand the decision she had made to start the story off. The synopsis says she is hunting down her father’s killer – makes sense to want some justice. What it left out is that she is going to kill him when she finds him. Now for a teenager I thought this was a bit of an extreme reaction when she didn’t even know for certain if Paul was the one who killed her father or not. I felt like Marguerite missed a lot of the ethical implications to her decisions and actions and this was a theme throughout the book. It felt like she understood on a surface level that she shouldn’t do things, but didn’t really understand or consider the wider implications of her behaviour.
The concept of leaping into different dimensions and assuming the lives of their occupants is a new one to me. This book for me balances a fine line of being too technical and too simplistic. The scientific elements of the book have been well thought out up to a point, but even I could tell there was holes. It felt like the story at times swung between offering simple and convenient explanations and putting too much emphasis on scientific details. It was in essence a balancing act from the first page and I think the author did a good job as she could with what she was working with.