This book has just restored my faith in its entire genre. After having read a bunch of lacklustre YA novels lately, I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever read one that I really loved ever again — or, worse, whether I had at last outgrown them.
Thankfully, the latter dire possibility has not come to pass, because I loved this one as I have rarely loved a YA offering before.
The dimension-jumping adventure of young Marguerite, on a revenge quest for the death of her father, and the — inevitable, of course, but well played — love triangle that haunts her, this exhilarating story travels from near-future now to cyberpunk London to the-Russian-Revolution-never-happened to waterworld alternaverses without mercy, alternately heart-breaking and beautiful and wacky and wonderful as it goes. The main characters are flawed but Secretly Special (of course) and a lot of the YA tropes are hit hard, but they are often given new and delightful spins and I just really, really liked not being able to predict exactly where all of this was going.
Naturally, this is the first in a trilogy — don’t authors of speculative YA know how to do standalones? — and I enjoyed this one so very much that I will be seeking out the other two intallments just as soon as I can.
TBR DAY 277: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
GENRE: YA, YA Science Fiction, YA Romance
TIME ON THE TBR: 3 years.
PURCHASED FROM: K-mart.