21 July 2017

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A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3) Review

Book Details:
Author: Claudia Gray
Published On: November 1, 2016
Published By: Harper Teen
Pages: 419 pages, hardcover
Series: Firebird #3
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Library

Rating: 4.5/5

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.
I don't think it's much of a secret about me, but, I very rarely finish series.  I hardly ever get to the second book in a series. My memory is awful, my patience is pathetic, and I find myself having a hard time sinking back into the world of the first book most times.

An exception to this rule, has been the Firebird series by Claudia Gray. Oh, how I've loved every single one of these books! The series revolves around Marguerite and her family, who have created powerful devices known as Firebirds. These devices allow you to travel into alternate dimensions and jump into your body in those dimensions. The premise is that there is a multiverse, and everything that can happen, will happen. There are worlds where the Soviets rule the planet, worlds where the human race is just barely escaping the Bronze Age, some worlds where we have surpassed all technological understanding that seems possible - the possibilities are, well, infinite.

In the finale of the series, Marguerite comes back into contact with her most evil self, a version of herself that she found in the universe called the Home Office - the one that is willing to destroy other dimensions completely to get her sister back after her death.  She's also dealing with Paul's recent splintering, which seems to have distorted and potentially permanently damaged his personality and sense of self, as well as thrown doubt on whether it is safe for him to continue being in Marguerite's life at all.

It's difficult to explain with too much more detail than that, as I don't want to give anything away!

The way that Claudia Gray weaves together alternate universes is really something to behold. You would think that a series filled with multiple universes, all of which contain the same characters, but, in their own different 'versions' of themselves - meanwhile, the "real" version (i.e. the version we are following in the series) takes over their lives temporarily and sometimes interact with the characters in that dimension that are also in her own dimension in a different body - IT'S CRAZY. And yet somehow, it's managed so well in this series. It never feels confusing or overwhelming at all. (Even when there's 8 different Marguerite's in the same room. Insignificant spoiler alert!)

This series has been a long time favorite of mine. Even if it's been a while since you've read the first two books, please don't hesitate to pick up the third, you'll find yourself back in their universe in no time, and you won't regret it.

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