Posted by Nat Bernstein
Yesterday was not only the 2014 United States midterm elections; it was also the release date for the first installment in a new Young Adult Fiction series, Firebird:
A Thousand Pieces of You by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray has been long awaited in the literary blogosphere, which has taken a particular interest in the novel’s book cover. It’s not hard to see why.
Basking in comparisons to Cloud Atlas and Orphan Black, the novel’s story sounds like The Amber Spyglass with cool new gadgets. Protagonist Marguerite Caine’s parents are renowned physicists whose crowning achievement is the Firebird, a device that enables travel through alternate dimensions. When her father is killed, Marguerite pursues his murderer through worlds accessible only to those wielding her parent’s invention. But with each new dimension she traverses, Marguerite’s mission becomes less and less clear.
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Nat Bernstein is the former Manager of Digital Content & Media, JBC Network Coordinator, and Contributing Editor at the Jewish Book Council and a graduate of Hampshire College.