Title: Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird 2) by Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
Ten Thousand Skies Above You is the sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You from the Firebird series by Claudia Gray. I was somewhat in doubt about the first book. While I loved the idea, the characters certainly couldn’t grab me. Nor did I find the plot or the worlds created in this setting to be amazing. However I really loved the idea.
This book felt like a step up from the first book. For one, the plot was a lot better. Well the plot at the ending with the twist was a lot better. Initially the plot couldn’t quite take me in as it felt as just a search throughout the worlds. However what it leads up to I wasn’t quite expecting, and I loved that. It makes me very curious how the rest of this will play out. The ‘enemies’ were a bit more deepened.
A theme throughout the book was if all of them were the same deep down in each different world. Marquerite seemed convinced that in every world she would be with Paul, and he would be the same deep down. This certainly wasn’t the case. Things can play out so different in each life in these worlds. Events can shape a lot of relationships as well. I liked this theme though I felt a lot was constantly repeated. Next to that it was kind of used to rehash the triangle from the first book and that was a shame.
Unfortunately the worlds didn’t feel all too creative. A lot were similar to ours, just with twists like a war or just more technology. I think a lot more could be done with these alternate worlds. You could go a long way in history and let something play out different and play with how our world would look like then. But these worlds are often very focused on things that happened in our history around the last 60 years or so. That’s a shame.
As for the characters, Marquerite was okay. I’m still not her biggest fan, but it certainly wasn’t annoying to follow her in this book. She just tends to repeat and rehash things in her mind sometimes that give me a bit of a whiplash. Paul wasn’t too present in this book. I liked seeing the different versions of him in the other worlds. It’s just too bad it was used to give Marquerite background of the Paul in her world.