Author: Claudia Gray
First Published: November 4th 2014
Series: Firebird #1
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Romance
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Physical copy
My Rating: 9/10
Tell me that is not the most beautiful cover you've ever seen! I just love the contrast between the grey and blue city - like our modern world today, and the bright, more exotic city of the parallel universes. It captures the theme of the book: different universes but similar situations.
Marguerite is our main protagonist. She's from our universe. Her parents are renowned scientists who have just invented this Firebird, allowing people to jump between parallel universes. However, when her father is killed by Paul, everything goes spiralling down. Especially when he flees with the Firebird, jumping into another universe. So, Marguerite and Theo must pursue him for answers.
I love the whole idea with parallel universes. I know it isn't a new idea, but it's always interesting to read about. Each and every universe has a version of ourselves, but slightly different. Like for Marguerite, in one universe, she's a Russian princess, in another, she's just a normal girl. However, she's determined and fixated on her one goal: find Paul and kill him as revenge (although this goal changes throughout out the course of the book - more on that later). Her motivation never wavers, no matter what situation she's thrown in.
But as the truth slowly comes to light, Marguerite's views on Paul changes slowly. *Spoiler alert* Hate changes to love. Yes, you read that right! She falls in love with Paul. I began to ship them slowly. I was finally on board when Marguerite was in the Russian parallel universe. They were so cute!! *Spoiler over*
Who saw that plot twist coming? Well, it is always obvious that the big companies are the bad guys, but wow! *Spoiler alert* Triad managed to take over the alternate version of you in another universe and use you as a spy. And Theo?! This whole time, Marguerite wasn't adventuring with her Theo, but another Theo from another universe. Woah. *Spoiler over*
I really enjoyed this book and I don't really know why I put off reading it for so long. I can't wait to find the next copy and get caught up! I'd recommend it for anyone!
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