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“The luxe lives of Manhattan’s elite are even more extraordinary in Katharine McGee’s futuristic, highly addictive page-turner. The Thousandth Floor will give you vertigo and leave you eager for more.” Cecily von Ziegesar, no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of GOSSIP GIRL
“Katharine McGee’s vision of glamorous twenty-second century teens makes for an addictive and compelling read that left me longing for the second installment!” Alyson Noël, no. 1 New York Times bestselling author
“Twenty-second century Gossip Girl-like fun. Sexy and engrossing!” Melissa de la Cruz, no. 1 New York Times bestselling author
“An unparalleled mash-up of romance, mystery, and science fiction unlike anything I’ve read before. Katharine McGee gives the speculative fiction genre a much-needed make-over with a novel that’s as glamorous as it is fiercely intelligent.” Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of THE 100
“Compelling and imaginative – I loved everything from the fascinating vision of the future to the scandalous lives of the characters.” Amy Tintera, author of RUINED
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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 asecret addiction to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.Eris Dodd-Radson sbeautiful, carefree lifefalls to pieceswhen a heartbreaking betrayaltearsher family apart.RylinMyers s job on one of thehighestfloors sweeps herintoa world and a romance she never imagined but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?WattBakradiisa tech geniuswith 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 ." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The main premise of the book is that there is a giant tower in the middle of New York and the higher up the tower you live the richer you are. So basically everyone is literally trying to climb to the top. The book has multiple POV and when i say multiple I mean it! There were five altogether, which I think is the most POV I have ever read in one book. Luckily it was easy to follow and the characters link quite a lot but I found the whole thing to be one big drama fest. Who loves who? Who has money? Who doesn’t? It was a little like a Teen Drama show. First of all we have Avery who is the definition of perfect teenager. She is gorgeous, popular and rich. Basically everyone in the book wants to be her. She was literally genetically designed to be perfect, how crazy is that idea? Pretty much the only person who doesn’t want to be her is…well her. She is in love with someone she shouldn’t be, I won’t tell you who it is because I don’t want to spoil it but I found the whole idea a little disturbing.
The saving grace for this book was Eris. Part way through the book her family lose money and we watch her move from the top of the tower to the bottom. Her journey trying to accept her new life is beautifully written. I found her to be a character I wanted to read more about and I really looked forward to her chapters. Her struggle to accept her new life and to keep it from her friends was a little heartbreaking and beautifully written.
Overall, I didn’t hate the book and the ending definitely wants me to find out what happens next but it was a slow read for me.
Arc generously provided by Netgalley and HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
This book is favorably compared to Gossip Girl.
I am not a fan of Gossip Girl. Usually, when I do watch it, I watch it only out of necessity. Like, when there’s nothing else on Netflix and I’m cleaning and I need something to distract me from the monotonous job. The pattern follows, I watched a little bit, get sucked into the overdramatic plotlines, watch obsessively for a day, then stop because I hate all the characters. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.
For this book, I come in preparing to hate all the characters, preparing to bang my head at their life choices, and getting a sense of schadenfreude at the misfortune the befalls them caused by said actions. Told in five POV, each chapter jumping into a new character, each one hiding secrets of their own. Many years in the future, in the city that never sleeps, the elite of society live on the top floors of the highest tower of NYC, with a thousand floors. This book explores the drama, the mysteries and the sinful pasts of the different people living the Tower, from the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich.
Right from the start the prologue was intriguing. In 25 years, no one has fallen from the thousandth floor of the Tower, except today. No one knows why she had fallen, perhaps it was an accident, perhaps she jumped, or more sinister, perhaps she was pushed. And from there, the first chapter starts two months earlier, leading to this fateful ‘falling out’ (sorry for the pun).
For the remainder of the review I’ll be writing it in a way that would make Gossip Girl proud (and for maximum enjoyment, read it in her voice!)
Avery: Elite, beautiful, and living in the exclusive 1000th floor, A has it all. Or does she? Poor little rich girl suffering a broken heart…for her adopted brother. Tsk tsk, A , you better be careful because we all know how illicit affairs end.
Leda: Running from a hard past. But remember, L , the past always comes to catch up with you.
Rylin: Spotted! Partying and hard drugs? Poor, orphaned R isn’t so innocent after all.
Eris: Spoiled rich girl has it all…or does she? The problem with being Queen, E , is that your crown could always be taken away.
Wade: Hacker W can learn everyone’s secrets in seconds, but it seems like he has a few secrets of his one. Be careful W , nothing stays buried forever.
You know you love me,
The characters were indistinguishable from the rest, each one speaking and thinking like the other. The writing wasn’t special. I felt that the author told how we should feel rather than showed us, and as a result the characters felt short and I couldn’t bring myself to care. I would honestly say, though, that ALL the characters annoyed me. All. Of. Them. And all the drama that is caused is a direct correlation of their actions. Most of the times I wanted to reach through the book and SHAKE them.They were so very unlikable, but I wont put that as the con because I believe that was done on purpose.
The world-building was done well, even including the different drugs people of the future use.
Despite this, the cliff hanger at the end intrigued me enough to want to pick up the second book, and hopefully see some of the initial problems ironed out.
⎫ Creative Idea
⎫ Ethnic Characters
⎫ Cliff Hanger
¬ Indistinguishable Characters
¬ Writing told us rather than showed us
¬ Book I felt was too long for this type of book (drama could only spur me to read so much)
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