Review: THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGee

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….

Reading time 2 mins

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


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.

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  1. Valerie August 9, 2016 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Noooo I don’t really like that much drama. But I think I will give it a shot anyways and see how it goes, because the setting does sound fun! Also am I the only one that is reminded of The Uglies series with this setting? Not exactly sure why, maybe because there’s a mention of a drug and also different levels. Guess I’ll find out when I read it haha.

    Awesome review Karen!
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    • Karen Blue
      August 11, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

      I don’t know The Uglies, a lot of people have said Gossip Girl, but I haven’t read that either.

  2. Olivia Roach August 14, 2016 at 8:33 am - Reply

    I do have this one, so it’s a bit of a shame to know that it isn’t as amazing as I would have hoped it would be. It sounds like it gets pretty overdramatic and that the best bit is the end… which means quite a lot of waiting around for it to get there. Hmm…
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  3. Edye August 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  4. Alise August 15, 2016 at 1:38 am - Reply

    I was really curious about this one but I was definitely afraid of the drama because I’ve read similar books. From your review it seems like the drama was an issue, and if the pacing isn’t great in addition to that I will probably be skipping this one as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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    • Karen Blue
      August 15, 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

      This was definitely one of those books that didn’t deserve the hype. Thanks for checking out my review!

  5. kaitlyn A. August 19, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I will be reading this book later this month! I sure hope that I enjoy it!

  6. Alecia August 19, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    The story and the setting had me really intrigued when I read the blurb and I was looking forward to picking this one up but to hear that it’s full of teen drama that can be found in so many other YA books I was kind of let down. The premise had so much potential that I feel, judging by your review, that they wasted it to cater to those Gossip Grl drama fans out there. I was hoping for so much more but maybe the ending will be its saving grace for me?!?

  7. Debbie (@DebbieK427) August 20, 2016 at 1:47 am - Reply

    I was so looking forward to this one but it’s a real shame that it didn’t turn out to be as great as expected. I love the idea of it being set a hundred years in the future and where how high up you live your status is determined – such a cool concept! Then the teen drama was mentioned and I all but rolled my eyes, this could have been so much more!! I think I’ll still read it though with lower expectations.

  8. Jan Lee August 29, 2016 at 9:56 am - Reply

    I read your review on Goodreads. I don’t want to read about drama, I got enuff of that in my life as it is, lol I liked the cover but the old saying don’t judge a book by it’s cover, really applies here. I don’t think I’d like the story so this is the opposite of the saying, as it’s mostly said when a book is good but has a lousy cover lol.

    • Karen Blue
      August 29, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      I am all about covers unfortunately. It doesn’t always work out for me. Thanks for checking out my review on Goodreads, your a doll!

      • Jan Lee August 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

        🙂 You’re very welcome! I love covers too and am usually not disappointed in the story when I find a cool cover. This just happened to be an anomaly unfortunately. Thanks for the reply too!

  9. Penny Olson August 30, 2016 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the heads up. Not sure I want to read it now.

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