Ten Thousand Skies Above You |Claudia Gray

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The Book

This book is the second book in a series. This entire review is coloured by the fact that I had no idea when I bought it or when I started reading it. It follows Marguerite in her quest to save her boyfriend, Paul,  after his soul has been split into multiple dimensions. Featuring: the Friendzone; “The Special;” useless, concerned parents and, token bad guy with a secret.

The Good Bits

  • oooohkay so the cover. That is literally why I bought this book and this is literally why I actually like this book a little.
  • Marguerite is “The special” there is no doubt about this. But, from what I gather, she isn’t “magically” and “conveniently” the special. Mr Bad Guy actually experimented on her to make her “The Special.”

The Not-So-Good Bits

  • (like I said I”m coloured by the fact that this is the only book in the series that I’ve read) but I was really confused about what was flashback, and what was recap and what was between book 1 and book 2. If you want people to read the second book without having read the first, you need to sorta make that clear. Explain the simple premise when it’s relevant, when you start doing more than that people start to wonder if they need to read the first book at all.
  • If you need a love triangle to enhance your story, you aren’t story-ing right.

Thoughts from the Back Cover | Fate and Destiny

Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one’s destiny intertwines with many others. It’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led. Brave (2012)

For part of the novel, Marguerite is concerned with Fate and Destiny. Ultimately she believes that she and Paul are going to be together because they always end up together. And then as she traverses more universes she has to rethink this theory. I personally believe that “Fate” as you will is just our future. And it changes. None of this “chehnge may fehte” thing from Brave. Actually doing something about it is changing your fate. the action of going out to change your fate is changing your fate.

There’s this bit in The Princess and the Frog that says “You got to help him [the star you wished on] with some hard work of your own. And then… Yeah, you can do anything you set you mind to. Just promise your Daddy one thing? That you’ll never, ever lose sight of what is really important. Okay?” (2009) Now, I will happily debate with you the benefits of believing in fate and stars, I will even respect you afterwards. But I believe that you want to sit around wishing on stars and blaming fate then you get what’s coming. You need to stand up and say “I defy you stars!” (Romeo and Juliet) Because you can change your fate, and you can get very far without the use of stars. They are, after all, just stars.

There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it. (Brave, 2012)


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