The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Posted August 22, 2016 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments

Book-Reviews-YA

An intoxicating story, The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee will have readers hooked from page one and racing to discover all the dirty secrets lurking beneath The Tower’s shining exterior.

thousandth floorNew 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….

Like a Gossip Girl set in the future, The Thousandth Floor is rich with scandal, romance, betrayal, and five people willing to risk everything to get what they want. McGee’s story proves — as the synopsis states — that “people never change.” Despite the book’s startling and sometimes stark setting, where Manhattan has all but been transformed into a terrifying, thousand story high rise, the characters that populate this monolith have very relatable wants and desires. Today’s readers can relate to wanting to fit in; to family turmoil, troubled friendships, longing for love, financial woes, and searching for a sense of self and identity.

McGee captures all of these feelings and more, and packages them into a seductive and addictive package that is this book and the massive building, where the story unfolds. The Tower is so big, in fact, that at times I even found it hard to imagine. I mean, one thousand floors. A building so high, that there are no balconies beyond a certain level — because the winds are too strong. So massive, that the lower levels cover miles of ground — what used to be many city blocks are now a single floor in a building that has basically taken over the island of Manhattan. A building large enough to house a reproduction of Central Park!

It’s crazy and cool and terrifying, and adds another level of tension to the already engaging plots that interweave as we bounce from character to character. Truly, the Tower itself could be considered another key character in this book; without it, the drama that unfolds in these people’s lives would not hold quite the same amount of appeal. Their stories combined with this otherworldly, yet vaguely familiar place make for a truly tantalizing read.

The Thousandth Floor is the kind of book you can’t put down; race to the heart-pounding and titillating conclusion yourself when it hits store shelves on August 30th.

Sara | Novel Novice
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