The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – Review

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Summary:

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.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…

Dee’s Review:

I first heard of this book through Sasha Alsberg, a Booktuber that I watch, who gave it a reasonably good review on Goodreads. After getting more information about the book, I knew I had to read it when I heard that people were comparing it to Gossip Girl (which happens to be one of my favorite TV shows).

I read The Thousandth Floor on my Audibe app (check out my full review on audiobooks and Audible here), so it took me longer than usual to get it finished–about two weeks I’d say.

My favorite part about this book how real the characters felt. Although I didn’t quite like all the characters–I recently told my friend that I might hate Leda more than Voldemort–the reasons as to why I didn’t like them weren’t because they felt transparent or underdeveloped, but because I felt as if I understood who they were so well that it was impossible for me to overlook their flaws and interactions with other characters.

The story is told from four different perspectives, which is something that I like whenever I’m reading books. Sometimes I feel if I’m stuck in one character’s head for too long that the story tends to drag on, and that I’m missing a big chunk of the story. It’s much more interesting if I’m hearing the story from multiple characters because it sort of decreases the “unreliable narrator” stereotype that I tend to think about whilst reading.

I liked almost every character in this film, even if he or she did or said things that I wasn’t 100% crazy about–Katharine McGee did a great job making the reader capable of sympathizing with her characters. I instantly fell in love with Avery because she’s more complex than the perfect popular persona she exhibits. However, my favorite character was Rylin, only because her actions seemed to be the most selfless, and for some reason I found that quite admirable. Despite my preferences, however, it wasn’t hard for me to understand (at least to an extent) the motives/intentions of each character.

Another element that I thought was done extremely well in this novel was the depiction of the future world. Often times, it is quite hard to depict a future world that makes sense and is believable to the readers, and I think that McGee did an excellent job. The world the author created seemed very much like today’s world, except more technologically advanced. You often see novels depicting the future in an apocalyptic or dyspeptic world, which is completely fine, but it was nice to see a different perspective on the possibilities of a futuristic world–one that I wouldn’t mind living in!

My attention was kept for the entirety of novel, and I always felt like I needed to keep listening because I needed to know what happened, and that’s not something that I always find in the novels I read–that sense of urgency.

I don’t think the overall plot is complex, per say, but it’s the characters and their lives that makes the story so intriguing. The major bombshell (first introduced in the prologue) isn’t focused on again until the end, which I was kind of disappointed with only because I thought the bulk of the novel was going to be spent figuring it out (I realize this sounds vague haha, but I’m trying to make this spoiler free). However, had I not had that expectation, I probably wouldn’t have been bothered as much by it. That being said, I’m glad that I knew that this novel would be the first in a trilogy, or else I probably would have been really pissed about the ending.

Goodreads rating: 3.74/5

Dee’s rating: 4/5

Have you read this book? Leave a comment below if you read/plan to read this novel! I’d love to chat with you about it.  🙂

 

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