Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Book #2 in the Firebird Trilogy
Published by Harper Teen on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Young adult, science fiction, romance
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.
Ten Thousand Skies Above You is an unbelievable sequel, a wild ride through alternate dimensions that will leave your mind reeling with its unforeseen plot twists that are lurking behind every waiting corner.
I read A Thousand Pieces of You earlier this year, and it was a solid 4.5/5 stars, I was slightly apprehensive of Ten Thousand Skies Above You as I thought it might suffer from second book syndrome, but that wasn’t the case whatsoever! If anything, I think I happened to enjoy the second book even more so than the first, and that’s saying something!
First off, I have to address the incredible premise of this book. Gray did a fantastic job explaining the ins and outs of dimensional time travel and I had no difficulty understanding the concepts and how everything worked. I also loved how Gray interjected brief rundowns of the first book, which helped spark my memory of the previous events. If you’re a huge fan of travel within books you’ll love the Firebird trilogy, not only do they travel across the globe but they travel through different dimensions! In Ten Thousand Skies Above You, we travelled to medieval Rome, Russia, London, a world in the midst of war and more. Being constantly thrust into new worlds and dimensions was exceptionally exhilarating, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story!
The characters that Gray crafted contained so much depth and intensity to them, which allowed me to feel so much for each and every one of them. Marguerite is the ultimate kick-ass female, vaulting through unknown dimensions and putting her life on the line to save those who matter most to her, I found it utterly incredible! She was unstoppable, immensely strong-willed and she never backed down from a fight. Aside from Marguerite, I wholly adored Theo and Paul, they had an unmatched love for each other as if they were brothers, and for Marguerite. Neither of them would think twice before risking their lives in order to save the others. This inseparable bond that these three shared ran so deep, it was even present within other dimensions, it seemed that not even a different dimension could tear these three apart. Romantic relationships are tested in this book and a love triangle arises, and although at times love triangles can irritate me to no end as there is one blatantly obvious choice, in this book this wasn’t the case! I actually didn’t mind the love triangle, and I didn’t even know who to root for as I loved them both equally!
Not only does Ten Thousand Skies Above You focus on character relationships but it is also heavily plot driven, with action and adventure hidden behind every corner. This book took me on a complete roller coaster ride and I could never keep up! As soon as I thought I had a grasp on things, a sudden plot twist would arise, and I would be left gaping in both confusion and utter shock!
Overall, Ten Thousand Skies Above You is a wild ride, full of endearing characters and an action-packed plotline. If you have read the first book, I would definitely recommend picking up this book, I’m currently reading the last instalment, A Million Worlds With You, and I can’t wait to see how the trilogy is wrapped up!