Hello everyone, today I will be reviewing The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee! I hope you enjoy this review!
Release date: August 30, 2016
Hardcover page count: 448
My rating: 4/5 stars
The Thousandth Floor is the breathtaking tale of five teenagers living in the dazzling thousand floor tower of 2118 Manhattan. In this tower of futuristic technology where everything you dream is within reach, everyone has something they want, and everyone has something to lose. Take Leda Cole for example, the high floor girl whose flawless exterior hides a deadly addiction, or Eris Dodd-Radson, a beautiful it-girl whose life is ripped apart when a betrayal rips her family apart. And what about Rylin Myers whose new job as a high-floor maid fills her life with a romance that she never imagined, or Watt Bakradi, the tech genius whose simple task to spy for an upper floor girl turns out to be anything but. Above all sits Avery Fuller on the thousandth floor, a girl designed to be perfect and to have it all… except the one thing she can’t have.
Though some might say that the opening of this was slow, it definitely did not feel like that the whole way through. McGee’s writing felt electric as she took the plot into newer places with each chapter. I loved this about her writing because you never know what would happen next. Another thing that McGee did was overlap her individual character’s storylines. While this sort of thing doesn’t always work out, McGee found a way to work it out perfectly. An example of this is when one character goes to VR laser tag and at the same time meets another character. This might seem like something that happens frequently in books but in reality, the author is putting in two different character perspectives from different chapters. And as she does this, she is creating more room for surprises and plot twists as characters who might seem unconnected actually are, forming a web of interactions throughout the book. This leads me to another aspect of the book, the characters.
Though each character seemed to be steamed from a particular stereotype, each grew over the course of the book. Eris, for example, who started out as just your basic rich girl without a care in the world actually transforms into a character who some might sympatize with during her fall from grace. Though McGee did seem to be not the best at creating deep side characters in this first book, I can tell that these side characters will turn out to be better developed in the second or third books.
Lastly, I really enjoyed the setting of this book. The idea of all of Manhattan in one giant glittering tower is one that really intrigued me and made me want to keep reading. I was constantly wondering how people lived in the monstrosity of a giant tower like that so I was constantly interested in every mention the author made of it. I loved the technologies the author filled the tower with, especially all the futuristic restaurants and places to visit inside the tower. This novel was a great example of world building at its finest because McGee did not at all rely on previous ideas such as fairies or superheroes, but instead came out with an original setting for a dystopian novel without a complete government meltdown or radioactive monsters. She also made sure to ground this tower to reality by mentioning things such as the SAT or Model United Nations, something that made me feel like I can relate more to the book.
Overall, I would recommend this book to fans of Gossip Girl or One of Us is Lying because of its intricate web of lives and ulterior motives fueled by hidden secrets that each character has. Though it does have some mentions of drugs and sex, it is nothing overwhelming so readers over the age of fourteen should be able to enjoy this book greatly.
I hope that you enjoyed this review! This book was super fun to read and I am excited to read the next book. All the covers for this series are also super pretty and if you haven't seen them yet, I would definitely recommend checking them out. Please let me know in the comments if there are any books that you would like me to review!
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