Marguerite has learned that Paul not only is not the bad guy in what happened to her father (or, actually, didn’t really happen), but she is in love with him, and there is a far worse enemy: Wyatt Conley, the genius who owns a powerful company in her world and in various other dimensions as well. She and others can inhabit their “selves” in other dimensions by using the Firebird technology her parents invented, in the first book in the Firebird series, A Thousand Pieces of You.
In this second book, Marguerite is forced to travel to various dimensions to try to sabotage her parents’ work that hasn’t progressed as far in those places, so she can get back the pieces of Paul’s soul that have been “scattered” by Conley. Her friend Theo, who along with Paul is a graduate student who works with her parents, goes along with her as help and backup — in small part because he is in dire need of a cure for the illness he’s facing that is directly attributable to Conley’s evil master plan.
As Marguerite lives snippets of her other selves’ lives in dimensions that are differing levels of similarity to her home world, she struggles with the big question: How real is fate? How much are she and Paul meant to be together, no matter where they are, and how similar are “souls” across these different dimensions? Is she “meant to” love Paul? Or does she love her world’s Paul because of the Paul she fell for in a Russian version early on? Besides that conundrum, how much can she be prepared to do to betray her “self” and family in other dimensions to defeat Conley in her world and a few others that are collaborating together?
I enjoyed these books well enough to want to read the whole series. They have action and peril and some mystery (as well as a touch of science/sci-fi) but in many ways are a love story. Marguerite and Paul, as their “real” selves, barely get any time together at all in this book, and I’m guessing there won’t be much until the end of the third book, either, which seems kind of a predictable trope. We’ll see how the next one plays out. Luckily for me, it will be available very soon, making for a seamless reading experience across the series.
Rated: Moderate, for some sexual content, but not much detail (mostly alluding to there being heavy making-out but no further sex, hoping and planning to have sex in the future, and referring to the one scene from the first book). There is little in the way of language and some violence, including blood, shooting and references to war.