Review | The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katharine McGee


The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katharine McGee
Published by HarperCollins on August 30, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 441



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…



“Sometimes love and chaos mean the same thing.”

Welcome to 2118 where millions of people live in a thousand-storey skyscraper. Though living in the same tower, the divide between the wealthy and the poor is clearly visible. The higher you are in the tower the wealthier you are.

I go into this feeling a little skeptic because I’m not a big fan of futuristic settings. Sometimes books with this kind of theme have this tendency to give a lot of descriptions about things that are quite hard to picture in my mind. But The Thousandth Floor isn’t one of those, thankfully. It is no doubt futuristic but it also has a very realistic feel to it. Like, everything in this world Katharine McGee has created could possibly happen in the future. But if I have to be completely honest on why I pick this book anyway, well, the book cover did most of the convincing.

The book opened with a mystery. Some unknown girl falling from the thousandth floor of the tower. Then it shifts back a couple of months before it happened, introducing us to five complex characters.

Leda Cole’s attempts to numb the pain of rejection from a boy who left without a trace after the night they shared lead to her to a drug addiction. Fresh from rehab, Leda thought the worst is over. But she saw him again, and she’s back to asking why he left, where he’d been. She’s back to loving a boy she never should have pursued.

Eris Dodd-Radson was one of the envied Highliers. She’s rich, popular, beautiful, carefree, and she has a cool set of supportive parents. Upon the revelation of an old secret, everything she once knew sounded like a lie, and everything she once had were gone in a blink of an eye.

Rylin is one of those who lived further down the tower. Needing the money, she took a job from one of her mother’s employers from the upper floors, not expecting to have her life –and her heart –turn into a direction she thought wasn’t possible.

Watt Bakradi is a good guy. But he has a secret that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. The same secret got him hired by one highlier. A job that ended with him heartbroken and deeply tangled with the lies and deceits of the upper floors.

And on the thousandth floor lives Avery Fuller, with her filthy rich parents and adopted brother. Everyone thinks she’s perfect and she has everything she could ever want. But they’re wrong. Because Avery can’t have the only one that matters.

Sometimes POV’s this many can confuse the reader. But again, not in this book. As the story goes deeper, I found each character developing a personality that is so different from each other. Every character is a perfect blend of annoying and engaging. You’ll love them and hate them in equal measures. Yeah, they’re a complicated bunch with scandalous, fragile, lives. The circumstances that somehow caused their lives to entwine were just cleverly done.

Also, the diversity in this book is quite impressive. It goes slow and sweet and sincere. None of those rushed romance without build-up. No. It’s one of the things I love most in this book.

The whole time McGee had me guessing the identity of the girl who fall from the tower. And that ending wasn’t what I pictured at all. This book have a lot of the word friendship along with the words betrayal, lies, and secrets in it. I’m betting the next book will have a lot of the word revenge and it’s definitely one of the many books I’m eager to get my hands on next year!


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