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Book-A-Like: Cloud Atlas & A Thousand Pieces Of You

QBD-Book-a-like-May19Open yourself to possibility with this week's QBD Book-A-Like.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray: 
A thousand lives. A thousand possibilities. One destiny.
As the daughter of two prominent physicists, Marguerite Caine is no stranger to wild scientific theories. Her mother's latest invention is a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into other dimensions-and has catapulted them to instant fame. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and her parent's research stolen. All the evidence points to their enigmatic assistant Paul, but before the law can touch him, he slips into another dimension.
Marguerite decides to take matters into her own hands and go after Paul. As she chases him through various dimensions, Marguerite encounters different versions of herself-there's a futuristic London where she's a club-hopping orphan, a Tsarist Russia where she's royalty, and a dimension eerily similar to her own where her father is alive. But as she gets closer to Paul, she realizes she may be chasing the wrong guy...and the truth behind her father's death is more sinister than she could ever imagine. And Marguerite is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: 
The highly anticipated new novel of mindbending imagination and scope by the Booker-shortlisted author.
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation - the narrators of 'Cloud Atlas' hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways both great and small.
In his captivating novel, David Mitchell surpasses the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous desire for power, and where it may lead us.

Firebird Trilogy 01: A Thousand Pieces of You

If parallel universes existed and the technology to travel between them was being invented right before your eyes, what would you do to get your hands on it?

9780062357694Marguerite Caine knew her father’s life’s work was important but she never imagined that he would be murdered for it. The signs all point to one suspect: Paul, the young, enigmatic protégé Marguerite’s parents had taken under their wing. In the blink of an eye, her father is gone and so is his technology, safely strung around Paul’s neck in another dimension. Armed with prototypes of the final product, Marguerite and Theo, another physics student involved in the project, are determined to track down the traitor and bring him to justice but neither of them are prepared for the journey they are about to embark on.

Hopping between realities proves to be no easy task for the pair as they have to adjust to their new surroundings, find each other and then track down Paul all before he realises they’re following him.
When a confrontation arises and a catastrophe leaves all three stranded, Marguerite’s strong belief in Paul’s guilt is shaken to the core. As she slips more and more into the mind of her counterpart, whom is desperately in love with her universe’s Paul, she begins to find that the man she thought guilty of murdering her father may play an even more significant role in her life. Caught up in a love affair that transcends realities almost blinds Marguerite to the truth: something more sinister is afoot and the explosive occurrences that shook her world are part of a grander scheme.

With a delicious Doctor Who-like feel, A Thousand Pieces of You is a remarkable, richly weaved story that gives you the opportunity to fall in love with its characters over and over again. Jam packed with adventure, mystery, romance and surprises at every turn, Marguerite’s wild escapades will have you laughing and crying hysterically at different intervals and leave you begging for more.

-Karen