Review: THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGeeThe Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Series: The Thousandth Floor #1
Published by HarperCollins on August 30th 2016
Pages: 448
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Social Themes, Adolescence, Girls & Women
ARC provided by BEA 2016, HarperCollins

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New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

This story had my attention right away with it’s setting and the mystery of why a girl fell. This story is set in 2118 in a 1000 floor tower. Status declares how high up you live. Although everyone parties in the lower floors. A drug called xenperheidren is all the rage. This story follows five teenagers as they party and face their lives. Some are rich, some are smart, all are keeping secrets.

This story features five POVs. The characters:

Avery- a genetically perfect girl. She is in love with her brother (in law), Atlas

Leda- Avery’s best friend. She is also in love with Atlas.

Eris- Avery’s other best friend. She just found out her father is not her real father. She moves to a lower level and falls in love with a girl

Rylin- lives on the lower levels and then gets offered a job on the top level. She has no idea this job will cost her a lot

Watt- a hacker living on the 240th floor. He gets hired by Leda to track Atlas.

Although we don’t get Atlas’ POV, he is so much of this story. I was intrigued by Atlas at first, but his romantic choice was not my favorite pairing. There was so much teenage drama and angst as these teens fall into love and lust for each other.

The setting of this book was so fun. I love the idea of a tower full of people living their lives and intersecting every day. There was loads of attention to detail as we get the layout of where people hang out and the extravagance some of them get to live in. The technology described for the higher levels was really fun. The lower levels live like I do and have some techie stuff, but it pales in comparison. Unfortunately, the setting was only a small component to this story about poor little rich kids who can’t have everything they want.

If I had to sum this book up in one word, I would say “Drama” and leave you to imagine the worst. This story dragged on for the first 350+ pages and finally picked up around the end. The ending almost saved the book for me. I will say there was a lot of loose ends so it makes sense that there will be a sequel. I won’t be picking it up. This story is rumored to have been picked up for TV. It might be better executed there.

My Rating

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About Katharine McGee

Katharine McGee is from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years living in a second-floor apartment in New York City that she kept daydreaming about skyscrapers . . . and then she started writing. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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