A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3)
Written by Claudia Gray
Published by Harper Teen, November 1, 2016
My star rating: 5 stars
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. Find it on Goodreads
It’s been quite a while since I’ve marathon’d a series. There are a few series that I own them all, yet for some reason, I give myself a break in between. But this series was so incredible, I couldn’t stop thinking about it! When I finished book 1, I realized very quickly that I wasn’t ready to leave the world. I tried reading something different – but it wasn’t the firebird series! And now that I have none left…. I’m heart broken. I would love to review this book in detail, but pretty much anything is a spoiler at this point. So I’ll try to get some thoughts out there.
This series is just so unexpected. At least it was for me anyway. Before I started reading the first book, I assumed it would just be ok. But the emotions, the connections, the character building, the relationships, the world building – it ALL caught me off guard with how amazing it is! Then, when I went into this one, I was even more terrified. I had no clue how she was going to bring it all together. The best thing happened though… she caught me off guard. And not just once either! She managed to bring the plot into a different direction than I could have expected. I absolutely loved the multiple plot twists and how she brought the whole series together!
One of the highlights of the series was the connections and the character building. This is an interesting case where we have multiple versions of each character. They seem to all have the same core elements but they’re different in little ways. Those differences are either influenced by their tone of their world, their upbringing, and so many other elements. Each and every character found themselves relating to their other versions while at the same time questioning if their actions reflect on the person they know themselves to be. If they encountered a nice version of themselves who were happy and going in a good direction, it was easy to relate to them. But, when faced with a more difficult and different version, they found themselves questioning if those qualities were within them too. There was a lot of self doubt and exploration as to who they really were and what was engrained in them as a person. If this wasn’t written well, it could be a disaster! But, it ended up being a really interesting and beautiful element to the story.
Another one of my favourite parts of this book (and series as a whole) is the world building. I’ve mentioned it in my reviews of the other two books, but really, it’s amazing! The way she created these worlds and laid them out for us as a reader was fantastic. We are literally thrown into a new world along with the main character and exploring all the elements with her. I love being able to clearly picture a setting in my mind but it’s so hard to capture how the world “feels”. Especially in a situation like this, where we are visiting multiple worlds within one book, it’s easy to see that each world had a tone to it – A climate that had its own feeling. This book more than the first two was important to have that distinction between worlds.
This was a very satisfying conclusion to the story. She was able to bring the MANY elements of the story together and I was never confused. In fact, I was completely enthralled. The worlds and the different versions of the characters all came together so smoothly. I would have to say that this is one of the most underrated YA series out there. Since I started reviewing these books I’ve had SO many people tell me that they’ve been interested but haven’t picked it up yet. I highly recommend that you make it to your ‘read’ pile sooner rather than later! I have a feeling you won’t regret it!
Until next time, happy reading!