The second book of Claudia Grey’s Firebird series, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, pulls you into another dimensional catastrophe, starring now 18-year-old Marguerite Caine, Paul Markov, and Theo Beck.
Marguerite’s dimension’s Theo is now suffering from the withdrawl of Nightthief that the Traidverse Theo constantly injected inside of him during their first journey. Desperate for a cure, Paul uses the Firebird to jump to the Triadverse and confront Wyatt Conley for a possible cure for the Nightthief, but Paul’s soul is suddenly splintered into pieces, and Conley uses this as bait for Marguerite’s recruit to Traid. To save her best friend’s life and bring back her boyfriend in one piece, Marguerite must oblige to Wyatt Conley’s conditions and embark on another journey through multiple dimensions.
Usually I find the second book in a trilogy to be quite boring and start to stray from the magnificance of the first book. But fortunately, Claudia Grey did not live up to that stereotype and wrote another exceptional book!
I rate this book 4/5 stars and recommend it to readers ages 13 and up.
- @ilovefood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This sequel lived up to (possibly exceeded) the first book. I love this multiverse and the incredible imagination that went into creating it. The new dimensions were super interesting; I love waiting to see what Gray comes up with.
In an extension of the first book, the romance is definitely exaggerated. I totally understand that this is for a teenage audience and that teenagers feel things very strongly, but it makes me concerned that Gray makes it sound like romantic love makes or breaks your life. Marguerite's entire worldview is dependent on her relationships with guys. Admittedly, this is a realistic shortcoming of teenagers, but I worry that it provides a poor example of how teenagers *should* live.
That being said, I still really like the plot and am eager to resolve the ending cliffhanger by reading the final book. She really expanded the series plot in this book with some fascinating twists. I was literally screaming, "Aaaaaah!" when I finished, so I can't wait to find out what happens next.
This book series is absolutely AMAZING, one of my favourites. It combines two things; love, and science! Marguerite has scientist parents who worked to create the firebird, a device that takes the wearer to another dimension. She goes on a journey through time to find and save the boy she loves, while simultaneously working to stop the corrupt company trying to capture her. This book is pretty fast-paced overall, but can be very slow at times and has a very interesting storyline peppered with romance by giving us a love triangle between, you guessed it, Marguerite, Paul, and Theo. That does not give too much away, but if you like Stephanie Perkins and Claudia Gray, then this is the trilogy for you. 4/5 stars.
- @BookwormTAH of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The first book ended it off so nicely, I almost wish it just stayed that way. But no, here comes a curveball. In order to save the love of her life, Marguerite has to go back into different dimensions to save pieces of his soul. Along the way, secrets and lies are uncovered, which will certainly lead readers to question and form predictions. This book really hurt because "why couldn't they just be together HONESTLY." Warning: the ending is a really intense cliffhanger and as a precaution, I would suggest to have the last/third book close by to instantly vanquish the fear of the unknown. 3.5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This book has so much potential and such a good storyline. Despite this, I find the characters of Marguerite and Paul very unrelatable and boring. The book is very central to the love triangle of the three main characters which overshadows all of the truly exciting adventure and action. This wouldn’t be so bad if Paul was interesting or we knew anything about him, but he feels like more of a plot device and it's hard to relate to Marguerite's devotion to him. A very good story but hard to read because of these things. Rating: 3/5
- @iloveunicorns of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
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