It may be a work of science fiction, but Claudia Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You offers plenty of jumping off points for classroom-worthy discussions. Here are some ideas for discussion or essay topics:
- Study the downfall of the Russian Empire and the February Revolution of 1917. Explore what might have happened differently to create the alternate universe Margueritte visits where the Russian monarchy is still thriving.
- Research real-life theories about alternate universes, or the “multiverse.” Relate what real scientists have said to how alternate universes are explained in A Thousand Pieces of You.
- Pick a significant decision you’ve made in your life, and think about how your life might be different if you’d made another choice. Write down the different possibilities.
- What are other fictional portrayals of alternate universes? Discuss how this theory is explored in those works, and compare that to A Thousand Pieces of You.
- Ethics play an important part in A Thousand Pieces of You, especially regarding the Firebird technology. Consider the ethics in question in the book, and debate these concerns. What are the pros and cons of the Firebird technology?
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