“Up here on the roof, so close to the stars, she felt young and alive and hateful.”
– Katharine McGee The Thousandth Floor
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.
Since I am currently on break from work I have been determined to use this time to catch up on my reading. The books on my shelves that haven’t been read continue to multiply. (A funny side effect of having a book buying problem)
One of the first books I knew I wanted to read was this beauty by Katharine McGee. I didn’t know what to expect going into this novel. I hadn’t really seen any reviews for the novel, so I went in with a truly fresh perspective. That being said I am amazed that this book is not more hyped. Think Gossip Girl meets Skins, but also so much more.
The opening of this book is a flashforward to a young woman falling from the roof of a thousand floor building. I mean if that doesn’t hook you from the get go I don’t know what will. Just like this powerful scene McGee does not hold back any punches. She is honest in creating a full fledged world. She doesn’t make character flaws excuses nor does she vilify those choices. The characters are who they are because of the circumstances they find themselves in, and their actions reflect that. They are teens growing up and making mistakes.
This story takes place in the not so distant future. The world is a seemingly seamless progression of our current state with consumerism and technology. McGee’s idea that this would dependence would continue to distance our relationships with the world around us really holds true. It all feels very real which also makes it feel very scary.
The teens in this world are just that. They are kids who are absorbed in their worlds with little view of the macro world. That is what makes this story so believable. There’s no true hero or villain. It all has to do with an individual’s beliefs as to what is right or wrong or what is most beneficial in a scenario. McGee does a wonderful job of making characters with beliefs, hopes, dreams, and issues. They are not one sided. Their actions make sense because they have a true motivation.
Often books with multiple perspectives can become a bit muddy. It can be difficult to differentiate one voice from another. However, in The Thousandth Floor I never had that issue. Each person had a distinct perspective and personality that showed in their individual chapters. I never wanted to skip a chapter because I was equally invested in all of the storylines.
McGee really did a great job of allowing the character’s stories to take the focus. The technology and state of the world aided in developing the storyline and gave a background. However, it never overshadowed the true plot and development. This was a beautiful start to a series and I cannot wait to see it progress. I gave it 4/5 stars on good reads and I’ve already marked book 2 as “want to read.” (Seriously, that book can’t come out fast enough for me.)
I cannot stress enough how great this book was. If you have not read it make sure you do ASAP. You will not regret it.
Have you read The Thousandth Floor? What did you think of the book?