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Series: Firebird #3
Published by HarperTeen on November 1st 2016
A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.
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.
A Million Worlds With You picks up after that heart-stopping cliffhanger in Ten Thousand Skies Above You, and thank god it did. I’m going to attempt this review with minimal or no spoilers – so be cautious before continuing.
We jump right back into the action, after realizing Marguerite has been taken over by Home Office Marguerite to enact a plan that will destroy hundreds of universes. Gray wastes no time jumping back into the action, providing information on what really happened after Ten Thousand Skies Above You and propelling the story into its final stages. I was glued to the book in total suspense as each plot unfolded, with Home Office Marguerite (cleverly nicknamed “Wicked” by our Marguerite) setting off a wild goose chase to destroy universes.
Once Marguerite is back in charge of her own body, the book falls into a bit of repetition – world jumping and then waiting for Wicked to vacate so that she can undo whats been done. But Gray does an excellent job of changing each scenario just slightly to keep us on our toes.
In each book, much like each world, the characters are what I look forward to the most. Gray masterfully executes these characters while also laying down some complicated physics theories. I love each and every verse – including Wicked. Wicked was so wonderfully fleshed out that you understand why she is the way she is, and why Marguerite is the polar opposite. Paul and Marguerite’s relationship follows a bit of a trope, something you find in all young adult series nowadays, but I feel like Gray uses that to really explore the deep emotional state of her characters.
It’s hard to believe there won’t be more Marguerite, Paul and Theo, in any verse, to spend my train rides traveling with. A Million Worlds With You explores more than just multi-dimension travel, but explores human emotion and relationships in a way that reinforces one key factor: hope. Even looking down the barrel, Marguerite and her family never truly gave up hope that they could fix things and go to work to make things better. Something I think we all need now more than ever.
Highly recommend this series to science-fiction and fantasy lovers, and to those enjoy stories about multi-dimensional travel, love and hope.