"Waiting On" Wednesday: A Thousand Pieces of You

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen

Orphan Black meets Cloud Atlas in the first book of this epic dimension–bending trilogy about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmaticassistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. To accomplish her goal, she must learn how each world works, and confront the many people she has the capacity to become. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows — including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where the truth is elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

Read an excerpt that was originally posted on Colleen Houck's blog during the Spring YA Scavenger Hunt.

In this excerpt, Marguerite has chased the man she's hunting to a parallel universe where she lives in London – and in a world more technologically advanced than our own. She's still raw from her father's death and the strangeness of the new world around her. But she's not alone. Theo – one of her parents' assistants, a young grad student – has made the trip with her. He's always been flirtatious, but she always assumed that was just his usual brand of whimsical arrogance. Now that she's seen the risks Theo's willing to take to avenge her father, Marguerite has to look at him in a whole new light. And she's never felt more vulnerable than she does when they find each other in this world, after a night of clubbing and drinking that failed to blot out the pain she's in. She sneaks him into her room, and we pick up just as she's gotten out of the shower –


When I step out of the bathroom, Theo's standing at the window, arms braced against the sill. Moonlight has painted his black hair, making it gleam. It takes him a moment to turn and face me; when he does, the same electricity crackles between us, and I feel as though the T-shirt I'm wearing is see-through. But I don't move. I just stand there, facing him.

Theo breaks the silence first. "For what it's worth, I don't see anyone out on the street who seems to be checking the building out. Nobody was following us home from the club, either – as far as I could see."

"Oh, right. Good." Why didn't I think of that? It's at that moment I realize that I've still got way more alcohol in my system than I should. I sink down onto the bed, woozy and whirling. "Do you think Paul knows we're here?"

"If he's thought to check."

Of course he's checking to see if anybody's after him, I want to retort, but then I stop myself. A smile spreads across my face. "Paul doesn't know about the other Firebirds," I say. “You kept it a secret from everyone. Even him.”

"Sometimes it pays to be a secretive bastard." Theo grins back. However, I can tell he's not totally confident. "Still, we can't assume Paul doesn't have any more tricks up his sleeve. We underestimated him once. Let's not do it again."

"You're right." My rage at Paul threatens to break through once more, but I force myself to put it aside. My whole body hurts, and my mind is fuzzy and confused and not my own. I need to sleep.

Theo's voice gentles. "Hey. Toss me a pillow, all right? Gonna make myself a dog bed here on the floor."

I throw him one of the pillows; he pulls a spare blanket from the foot of the bed. We're so quiet that I can hear the rustle of fabric on fabric. When I tuck my feet under the bedspread, he flicks off the light so that we're once again in the dark.

Slowly I lie down, but I'm so aware of him. My breaths quicken; my heart feels like it might hammer its way out of my chest.

It's stupid to be nervous. I trust Theo. There's no reason for me to worry about him doing something.

Then I realize – Theo's not the person I'm unsure of. What I don't know is what I might do.

It would be so easy, so good, to forget everything farther away than this bed and my own skin.

And it's Theo. The one person in this world I can rely on, the one I want to keep closer than any other –

My whisper is the only sound in the room. "You don't have to sleep on the floor."

For a moment, the only reply is silence. Then Theo rises from his place at the foot of my bed. His body is silhouetted by the moonlight, and I realize that he's taken off his shirt to sleep.

Without a word he walks around to my side of the bed, then sits down, his hip against my leg. The mattress sinks in beneath him, rolling me slightly closer. Theo braces one hand near my pillow. With the other, he brushes my damp curls away from my face. I want to say something to him, but I can't think of what. All I can do is lie there, breaths coming fast and shallow, staring up at him, both wanting him to touch me again and terrified that he will.

Slowly Theo leans down over me. My T-shirt is slightly off one shoulder, and his lips brush me there – along the line of my collarbone. The kiss lasts only a moment. It crashes through me like lightning.

He whispers, "Ask me again sometime, when we're both ourselves." Then he lifts his head, and his smile is soft. "Next time I won't stop with your shoulder."


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  1. This looks so good! I absolutely adore the cover too, it's so pretty. Great choice!

  2. I've read quite a lot about this one and it is supposed to be very good
    So I really hope you'll get to enjoy it :)


  3. I'm still undecided if I want to read this one but I absolutely adore it's cover. So pretty!!
    My WoW

  4. I don't know if I want to read this book or not, but I absolutely love the cover. I hope you'll like it, and thanks for stopping by my WoW earlier. :)

  5. The cover is so gorgeous and the excerpt ia amazing.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

  6. I heard about this one and thought it looked pretty good, but the excerpt has definitely pushed me into the 'Oh my Lord I need it' territory! It sounds like a book I'd enjoy the hell out of! Great pick and enjoy :)
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  7. Oh yes! So can't wait to read this one! It's currently kinda at the bottom of my review stack, but hoping to get to it really soon! Great pick!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. The blurb doesn't really draw me in but holy cow, the cover! This cover is just stunning. I could actually buy it just for the work of art on the front... Great pick!

    My WoW .
    Zareena @ Books and Books

  9. I have a copy of this for review and I can't wait to check it out :) Great pick and thanks for stopping by!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  10. The cover is gorgeous and WOW! That excerpt is quite swoony!!
    Great pick!

  11. This sounds reeeeeaaaaallly good. Really want to read it.

  12. I knew I had to read this one when I first saw that cover-gorgeous! Plus the story sounds really good, of course ;) I'm really excited for this too.

  13. I don't think I've read anything by Claudia Gray before but I might try this one! Thanks for posting that excerpt, it's nice to get a glimpse of what the writing's like.

  14. What a great pick! And thank you for sharing the excerpt!

  15. The cover of this book is gorgeous! And the story sounds great too :D Great pick!
    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

    El @ So Bookalicious

  16. Love this cover and hope you get to read it soon.

  17. I have this one in my TBR list too. The cover is gorgeous!

  18. YES ^^ I am SO waiting on this one right along with you! It sounds so fresh and addictive! Exploring different dimensions is a HUGE selling feature for me, I'm dying to see how it all goes down! Thanks for sharing an excerpt and fantastic pick ^^ I hope you get your hands on this one soon :)

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

  19. I am a huge fan of Claudia Gray and I can't wait for this book! The cover is just beautiful, great pick :)

  20. This sounds amazing! That cover is so gorgeous- probably one of my favorites of this year. The excerpt is great, too :)

  21. Lordy, I'm so excited to read this one! I read the excerpt during the scavenger hunt and that's part of what got me so excited to read it. Then, of course, that cover appeared and I died of excitement. :) Great pick! :D

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

  22. I have seen this book around alot. Love the colour. Ty for stopping by my blog :-)

  23. Really looking forward to this one! LOVING THE COVER! AHH! So pretty! Great pick, Petra! :)

  24. Anything that starts it's description with "Orphan Black" is a win in my book and automatically goes into my TBR pile. Great choice!



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