The Thousandth Floor
Published August 30th 2016
** note : may contain some spoilers **
Okay so I absolutely adored this book!! I mean who wouldn’t love a futuristic Gossip Girl!!
I, like most teenage girls, was obsessed with GG. So when I heard about this book I was beyond excited to read it. I would like to say that personally I was not disappointed with this story! I know a lot of issues arose from certain aspects of this book, but we will get to that later, first I will gush over this fantastic book.
The book starts off with someone falling to their death from the thousandth floor. We don’t know who it is, what has happened or why they are falling. The rest of the book is spent getting to know the characters and waiting in anticipation to see who takes the plunge, it was not who I expected and I was actually a little bit heartbroken.
Props to Katharine McGee for creating such a fantastic futuristic world. A thousand floor mega building, that houses a whole city! I would totally live there!
Of course there is still the hierarchy, the poorest live on the lower floors, the higher you get, the richer the residents are and the nicer the apartments. Until you reach the thousandth floor, the whole floor is dedicated to the richest people in the building.
The technology the author has created is a amazing, but its also quite terrifying to think that this is where it could all be heading. People can easily track your every move, post etc.
It is similar to social media and technology today, except on steriods… a lot of steriods.
McGee has done a great job with the characters, the story is told through mulitple POVs. Rather then detracting from the characters, the author managed to define each character and give them their own voice and personality, this makes it is easy to differentiate between each POV. Whilst the characters can be very shallow and superficial, it is what I expected when picking up this book. Throughout the book we get to see some of the characters grow and mature, whilst others just continue to grow their sense of entitlement.
I normally don’t like books with multiple POVs, but I have to say that this is done so well and it really just adds the story as you get to see different layers to each situation.
Okay, so back to the issue of incest. I have seen a lot of negative reviews stating that this has ruined the book for them and that they would have never picked the book up in the first place had they known that this was part of the story.
Whilst I can understand and appreciate these views. Each to their own and everything. I believe that without this story line there would not have been much of a story. I do not condone incest, but I can understand where the author was coming from with this plot line. Yes, I know they were raised as brother and sister, but Atlas is adopted and Avery was old enough to understand what was going on when he was adopted.
I can understand why Avery falls for Atlas, he is the boy that’s loves her for her, not just her perfect looks. This still doesn’t make it socially acceptable, which they know, so of course they both try to deny their feelings. So this particular point ensures drama! I think that McGee has put a lot of thought into this relationship. I know that it is an icky subject but this does happen in real life, avoiding the subject in books will not make it stop so why not add a bit of drama and problems to add another layer into a story.
Anyway I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. I believe that if you can get past the idea of the incestious relationship it is a fun story line with likeable characters, also some not so likeable, there was a couple I would have been happy to see fall off the thousandth floor haha.
It’s an easy read that I honestly didn’t want to put down. Definitely looking forward to reading more about this world!!
Calling all fans of Gossip Girl, read this book now!! There is drama, lies, parties and rich kids. Everything you could ever want in a guilty pleasure read.
A shout out to Steph @ Teacher of YA
for sending me the pretty US cover!!! I absolutely adore it!!
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….
About the Author…
Katharine McGee is originally from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton University and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years in New York, working as an editor by day and writing by night, that she began a manuscript about life in a futuristic skyscraper. The Thousandth Floor
is her first novel.
New York, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amidst high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…
LEDA is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden–even if it means trusting her enemy.
WATT just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?
When RYLN wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.
AVERY is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him… no matter the cost.
And then there’s CALLIOPE, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York, determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.
But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. And in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.