May 14, 2020

Review--A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

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.

Claudia Gray’s A Million Worlds With You brings the Firebird trilogy to a satisfying and emotion-filled conclusion. Basically in this one, Marguerite has to save the world…all of them! It’s a race against the clock or rather one of her evil counterparts from another universe, as she tries to end each universe as she sees fit and our Marguerite is doing everything possible to stop her. 

What always makes me tense in a book is when someone else assumes a character’s identity and their friends and family believe they are still them. It’s a rare scenario, but it always makes me want to yell at the other friends and family to say THAT’S NOT HER! Lol. Luckily in this one, I didn’t have to have that feeling for very long. Wicked Marguerite as our Marguerite has dubbed her, or Wicked for short, wanted to see what she could do in Marguerite’s universe but she and her Theo leave shortly after. Now Marguerite and Paul are going to follow their trail in order to stop her from killing the other Marguerites in the other universes and destroying them all. For it’s Wicked’s parents who want to put the pieces of their Josie back together after she died. 

Everywhere Wicked goes, she leaves unpleasant surprises for Marguerite to find herself in when she moves on. For only one universe self can possess another universe self at a time. Yes, it gets that technical and trippy! Lol. I definitely enjoyed the pacing to this one a lot more than I did the previous novel, because it felt like there was a direr situation at hand. Though, trying to save Paul and put the pieces of his soul back together was pretty dire too. But this is about saving multiple universes. 

What I couldn’t seem to get was why Marguerite always seemed to think she knew what Wicked was trying to do the body she left that Marguerite took over. She constantly thought that Wicked wasn’t trying hard enough to throw Marguerite into a more life-threatening situation and it’s like seriously? Why are you tempting fate? Also there was the fact that it seemed a few times, the first moment Marguerite “awakens” was more to shock then anything and the real diabolical plot was moments away. Every. Time. And yet, Marguerite kept thinking she outsmarted her. Every. Time. It just irked me, because I kept thinking, haven’t you learned by now? Each and every time you had to deal with Wicked’s last attempt which was usually two or three-fold? 

Another thing that started to make me groan was the lack of a safe question. Other universes put a question into place that only THEIR Marguerite could answer, yet our Marguerite never got around to implementing this with her people in her universe. So when she runs off to hug someone she hasn’t seen in a while. I wanted to tell her to slow down, make sure that’s YOUR person! 

It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this one. I did, truly. But there was just a few too many instances in this particular installment that I wanted to shout at Marguerite to stop and think! 

But honestly, what this all boils down to is good character development. While Marguerite’s choices and actions may not have been sound, they were real. Just like when you watch a horror movie and yell at the idiot to not go into the house where they know people were murdered and they hear a chainsaw from within! Lol. 

I did like that there was a bit more Marguerite and Paul time in this one! Since they’re traveling to all these universes together, for the most part. Though of course, Paul is still struggling with what happened to him in the previous book, being ripped apart and reassembled. It put a wall between him and Marguerite. 

One thing that kept bugging me about this series was how every character was judged in the other universes by how Marguerite saw them in hers. Like Wyatt for example. Yes, he is the evil villain here and was in a few other universes, but not everywhere. When Marguerite realizes at one point that all their universe selves share a core point or some such thing where a similarity can be seen in all the selves…you almost wonder if her Wyatt had the potential for good. But it was like she decided to never them a chance. Maybe I’m just over thinking things, I probably am, because yeah, the point was still that Marguerite’s Wyatt still did bad things and probably didn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt…but seeing all the other Wyatts started to make my head spin and you start getting attached to the one good one and you think, maybe your universe’s Wyatt could be like that too, if given the chance. 

Yeah, this book, this series will make your head spin because of all the potential and possibilities. Ones that the characters think of and wonder about and all the ones they decide to ignore for whatever reason. As I said, it’s a trippy experience! Lol. 

A Million Worlds With You was an amazing end to the Firebird trilogy that will have you pondering the possibilities of alternate universes and what could’ve been had you made one different choice here or there. It’s a series that will keep you turning the pages and wondering what’s real and not real at every turn. It was a wild experience and I am so glad I took this spellbinding journey! 

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

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