- “Ten Thousand Skies Above You” by Claudia Gray
- Young Adult Science Fiction
- Listened to the audiobook.
- 4/5 stars
- Finished August 8, 2017
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.
The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.
Holy wow. This series continuously blows me away and surprises me when I feel like that’s very hard to do. I read the first in the series in 2016, and listened to the audiobook while I worked and it was SO GOOD that I asked for more work. In most series, I really love the first book because I love world building, the second is usually meh, and the third (the grand finale) just completely blows my mind.
In this book we come back to Marguerite and Paul and Theo, our favorite triad of people that we met in the original book, “A Thousand Skies Above You” except clearly these three can never rest easy. Because TRIAD industries is still on the hunt for Firebird technology.
We jump back into different dimensions in this one, many new and a few familiar. I can’t get over how lovely Claudia Gray’s writing is. It’s clearly a YA book, and there is a love triangle, but it feels like so much more than that. I find myself so invested in all three of these characters, wanting them all to find their bliss and figure things out. I find the rich details of every single dimension amazing, and because they’re all so unique and different they all stand out uniquely in my mind. I have a hard time finding an author who creates such an intricate world but that also makes it so memorable until I found Claudia Gray.
The Firebird trilogy (at least so far) has really blown my mind and surpassed all expectations and I would highly recommend the audiobook. The narrator does a great job of bringing us into Gray’s worlds and keeping us guessing as the next big reveal comes. I can’t recommend these books enough.
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