The Thousandth Floor started out with a death. What a way to catch the reader’s attention, right? The moment I started reading and saw that it started out with a death, all I wanted was to continue reading.
The synopsis of the story already caught my attention. Rich kids, crazy tech development in the future, and all the drama? Yes, please. I’m probably repeating thousands other bloggers out there, but this book does give off Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars vibe.
I have to start the review by saying that Katharine McGee created a beautiful world. I loved the tower and the idea behind it. This is a very different settings from other books I’ve read before. Katharine McGee gives us vivid descriptions of how the world is like and as someone with high interest in tech, I just want to visit the tower! I was totally fascinated by the settings and low-key wish that some of the tech existed right now.
Moving on to the story, The Thousandth Floor is a character-driven story. I feel like you have to enjoy the characters before you can enjoy the storyline. There are many characters in this book. All five characters mentioned in the synopsis have their own POV in the book. Five POVs? Sounds crazy, right? But the way Katharine McGee wrote make these 5 POVs not confusing at all. In fact, you get to learn more about these characters and their drama through these various different POVs.
You have Avery Fuller, the literally perfect girl as she’s genetically engineered to be perfect. Despite seemingly having it all, she was actually in love with her stepbrother, Atlas. Then you have Leda, Avery’s best friend who just came back from rehab for her addiction to drugs. She was secretly crushing on Atlas and ended up hiring someone to stalk Atlas for her. Eris is another friend of Avery who found out that she’s not her father’s daughter. Rylin is a girl from downtower who works for Cord, one of Eris, Avery, and Leda’s friend and ended up being friends (and more) with Cord. Lastly, we have Watt, who is also a downtower. He’s super smart and such a tech-geek – to the point where he had a quantum computer in implanted in his head.
With all the secrets, these characters lives are very intertwined. I was so engrossed in the drama that comes from all the secrets. The drama made me not want to put the book down. Although I have to say that with all the dramas, sometimes I forgot that these kids were teenagers and in high school. It got THAT crazy.
One thing I enjoy about this book is how none of these characters are perfect. Katharine McGee did a good job in showing us, the readers, the good, the bad, and the crazy sides of these characters; the length these characters would go to in order to hide their secrets. Because of this, I’m not sure if I have a favourite character. I have things I like about each of the characters and things I don’t like. I have to mention that for me, Atlas and Cord are the characters I’m most curious about. Maybe it’s because these two don’t have their own POVs in the book. I wish there was because I’m really curious of what they actually think.
There’s not much I can say about the ending without spoiling it. As a reader who knows everything, I just wanted to shake these characters and tell them the truth. What I can tell you is how the ending of the book will make you crave for more. It made me want to go grab the next book right away. There are so many things I wanted to find out. The ending doesn’t necessarily give you an idea of where the story is going to go next. The story could totally go to thousands different directions.
If you like addicting books with a little mystery and tons of drama, I highly recommend The Thousandth Floor for your next read!
The Thousandth Floor – Katharine McGee
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. Everyone there 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 this 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 for 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.
Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….