The Thousandth Floor Review

Synopsis from Edelweiss:

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….

About: The Thousandth Floor is a young adult dystopian written by Katharine McGee. It was published on 8/30/16 by HarperCollins, 448 pages. The genres are young adult, dystopian, and science fiction. This book is the author’s debut. There are 2 books to this series so far: book 1 is called The Thousandth Floor and book 2 is called The Dazzling Heights. Please see below for more information about the author.

My Experience: I started reading The Thousandth Floor on 8/1/17 and finished it on 8/9/17. This book is a great read! There are a lot going on because there are many characters to keep up with. Not only that, the technology in this book is very high tech and out of this world. Some are very cool and others are hard for me to imagine, especially how they get from the building to the river to see a comet. It seems like the river is at the tower?  I like Watt and his Nadia technology. The stories of the individual characters are interesting. It can be relatable. The Tower sounds very cool.

In this book, readers will follow 5 high school students: Leda Cole, Eris Dodd-Radson, Rylin Myers, Watt Bakradi, and Avery Fuller. Leda turns to drugs when the guy she likes left, Eris finds out her life was a lie, Rylin couldn’t be with the guy she loved because of what she did, Watt is a tech genius and does hacking to make extra money, and Avery who is perfect in every way but is still unhappy. They all live at the high rise, The Tower in New York where the higher up you live, the wealthier your family are. This is a futuristic book, therefore, there are high tech in every way, from eartennas to hovercrafts inside the tower. What they have in common is finding someone to love. The wealthy will have a dazzling lifestyles but still struggle with love just as much as the poor who works dead end jobs to pay rent. The wealthy or the poor will turn to drugs when life gets stressed out. Everyone keeps secrets from one another and everyone resents each other thinking that the other has it all.

This book is very Gossip Girl style where the rich are spoiled and entitled while the poor struggled to pay bills. The teens are selfish and do what makes them happy. This book is written in third person point of view and readers will get to follow all 5 characters. There is suspense at the end of each chapter for each character. I like following Leda’s train of thoughts. She surprises me the most despite her situations. I like her quick thinking. The ending does leave readers a bit of a cliffhanger. Overall, this book is an interesting read and I do recommend it.


Pro: secrets, humor, suspense, multiple point of views,

Con: too high tech for my imagination

I rate it 4 stars!

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About the Author:

Katharine McGee is from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years living in a second-floor apartment in New York City that she kept daydreaming about skyscrapers . . . and then she started writing. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel.

***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Katharine McGee, publisher HarperCollins, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. I originally lost my access to the ARC and this time I’m reading the finished copy from the library. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


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