Synopsis: Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
Huge thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for this ARC!
Well that was a wild ride! I actually wasn’t expecting too much out of this because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Gray’s vampire books, but this was quite well done. There’s always the chance that things will just sound wayyyyy too ‘made up’ when it comes to books like this that have a lot of, well, made up tech, but this didn’t seem too out there. I kept picturing ‘Fringe’ (miss that show!) and just letting things flow. I LOVED all the science-y stuff (if you don’t know, my husband is a scientist –AI / computer science– and it was really fun and easy for me to connect to that part of the story.
I really liked the worlds that we got to visit in this and in those parts it did feel a bit Cloud Atlas-y (at least the movie, I never read the book) and I LOVED the worlds. Super high-tech London, super low-tech Russia, UNDER THE FREAKING SEA… they were all really fun.
The romance was okay for me, but I’m never a huge fan of love triangles and I found Paul to be kinda boring at times. I didn’t see the twist coming though, so that was nice. And the writing was really pretty. I also loved the themes of family and friends in here.
Overall a pretty solid book, just not enough UMPH in it to make me have ALL the feels so that’s why it’s at a nice 4 instead of a 5.