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What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Pieces of You the most enjoyable?
I used to love the show Sliders. Experiencing every possible new earth that could've been. Claudia Gray also gives a sort of Cloud Atlas some souls are meant to be together type of thing. Has some great twists. That's refreshing when it seems like so many books have become mind-numbingly predictable. While I would have preferred no hint another teen love triangle, this one doesn't seem so bad. But maybe I'm the only one who doesn't get a thrill from dangling two guys at once. It's so popular in YA, but I don't get it. Ok, I put my soapbox away. I gave it 5-stars all-around because it is well-written and so much FUN. Some really gorgeous sentences here. Glad to see this in YA! This my first experience of Gray's work and I can't wait to try her others.
What other book might you compare A Thousand Pieces of You to and why?
Timebound by Rysa Walker - similar rhythm but time travel. Full of heroic romance.
Every Day by David Levithan - Equally awesome. This person jumps into a different body everyday. It's thoughtful. No love triangle.
The Blood Vivicanti by Becket - Blood memories give Mary Paige the abilities of her victims, who don't die and experience euphoria when bitten. Full of adventure and gadgets. Also, no love triangle.
What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her accents are spot on. I'm not sure I would have really heard any accent in my head if I had just read it. I was surprised when she started doing them, even though the author makes it clear that the characters have the accents. Accents make everything more fun.
I like her British dad voice. It sounded comical sometimes though. That's not meant as an insult, though I'm not sure how else it could sound. In fact, she is exactly the person I hope to ask to narrate for me, when I'm published someday. Maybe it was just me.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, the book and narrator made you want to forget everything around you and just listen. But I listen and read at the same time. That's just what I like.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Not going to point out an essay on the iPhone, but...
I thought this would be an updated version of Sliders from Sci-fi. Instead it's a book that too hard tries to make the tension from a love triangle last as long as possible. 80% of this book is introspective thought, usually about a boy, then the narrator, then family.
Parts are painful to get through. This girl accepts on faith a mission to kill the man she is in love with, doesn't understand half of the ideas involved, and doesn't really even direct her own narrative until the very end. In fact, I think she has two scenes of significance where she makes her own decisions and isn't being escorted by a lover (both times waiting for rescue). Ok, three (London, Russia, Waterworld). Rescued every time.
So if you want to feed some inner dialogue to the home-made robot girl you're tinkering with in the basement, this motherload is all the drama you'll need.
Kudos to the illustrator and voice actor. The russian and french accents are cringeworthy, but maybe they are in real life, too.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A novel approach to fantasy. instead of time travel its multi universal trips. so much scope for imagination. great passion and emotion. well written and very enjoyable
One of the most unique stories I have encountered in a long time. Jumps from scene to scene; each as beautiful and intricate as the last. Highly recommend this series.
The narrator (Tavia Gilbert) does an astounding job. Different accents and rapid changes of tone are done flawlessly. Have a listen for yourself!