A Thousand Pieces of You : Firebird

  • von Claudia Gray
  • Sprecher: Tavia Gilbert
  • Serie: Firebird
  • 9 Std. 18 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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, which 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 escapes into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn't count on Marguerite. She doesn't know if she can kill a man, but she's going to find out.
With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps to, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Is she doomed to repeat the same betrayal?
As Marguerite races through these wildly different lives - a grand duchess in a Tsarist Russia, a club-hopping orphan in a futuristic London, a refugee from worldwide flooding on a station in the heart of the ocean - she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.


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good premise mixed with stupidity

The story: In the beginning I thought that everything was too predictable - it is not and that was its saving grace. On the other hand some details really annoyed me to the extent of me not really wanting to continue with the trilogy.

Super intelligent protagonists name their invention "firebird"??? If there was some kind of story connected to the name it might be come accross plausible, but it felt like a 5-year old wrote part of a YA-novel. It really rubbed me up the wrong way.

The same with the part of the same people destined to have a connection in different dimensions. The worlds themselves are just too different for that part to have any plausibility without an underlying theory. But there isn't even a hint of one. While parts of the story read really smoothely, this bit always felt like a puzzle piece that was forced into place to "give an interesting background" for the story.

I also found the relationships too superficial. What are the sympathies the characters feel for each other founded on? There doesn't seem to be any development based on the interactions of the protagonists. They just "are". Especially the main character Marguerite comes accross as shallow. In the beginning she just wants to kill somebody because there is some indication that he killed your father? I mean, if somebody that was close to you was suddenly accused of murder, wouldn't you question it first and find it unbelievable instead of becoming a vigilante instantaneously?

The narrator also has some mixed qualities: On one hand she does very good male voices, which are recognisable for the different characters. On the other hand, the end of the senteces always seem to end on an upper note, which is maybe supposed to give it an air of drama. Since the whole story is read that way, though, I found it a bit tiring.
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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 04.11.2014
  • Verlag: HarperAudio