Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Review: The Thousandth Floor

Title: The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)
Author: Katharine McGee
Genre: Young Adult | Drama | Sci-Fi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Format: ARC
Source: BEA

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….(goodreads)

Gossip Girl, but in the future? The Thousandth Floor may not get off to the best start, but it'll have you flipping pages by the end!

Plot: Over 100 years in the future and NYC has welcomed The Tower. Only the richest can afford to live luxuriously in The Tower and as we all know, it's the wealthy who have the worst secrets. 

The Thousandth Floor followed a group of teenagers who lived in the Tower and how they influenced each other. Much like Gossip Girl, there were lies and deceptions that kept me interested, but it felt like I was only brushing the surface of everything. The Thousandth Floor ended with a bang that has me curious about what is in store for the sequel. 

Characters: The main characters weren't very likable, which made it hard for me to truly get invested in their lives. For the most part, they were bored, rich, and used their powers for evil instead of good. I want to mention right now that these kids do a lot of drugs and drink heavily, this is not for readers who are looking for a cleaner read. I appreciated the diversity in The Thousandth Floor but still wished that the characters had more depth to them. Here is hoping they are better fleshed out in the sequel.

Worldbuilding: The Tower and its setup was really interesting, but as hard as I tried, I couldn't picture The Tower. I didn't understand the relationship between The Tower and the outside world or how people traveled throughout The Tower. I really wanted McGee to take more time explaining how the world functioned instead of explaining the effects of the latest drugs or other fun gadgets. 

Short N Sweet: The Thousandth Floor is, by definition, drama to the extreme. If you like rich kids with dirty secrets, you'll enjoy this one!


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