The Thousandth Floor
In the not so distant future of the year 2118, New York City has transformed into a city for the best of the best, with incredible technology and deeper secrets than anyone could imagine. The center of the city is a tower, one thousand floors high and soaring two miles into the sky. The higher the floor someone resides on the more money and power they have and the more secrets they most likely keep. Using five points of view, the reader gets an up close and personal glance at all the drama first hand.
First is Avery, a girl who lives on the thousandth floor and is genetically perfect, yet tortured with wanting what she can never have. Her best friend Leda is also hiding something, a tortured addiction both to drugs and to a boy. Meanwhile, another one of Leda and Avery’s friends, Eris, has her upper-class life ripped to pieces all because of a single betrayal from her family’s past.
On the lower floors, Watt is a hacker making money just so his family can get by and he can have a future behind the floor he lives on. But, his biggest secret is literally inside his head. Even lower, Rylin struggles to get by as she tries to make a good home for her and her sister. She gets a job on one of the higher floors but it quickly turns into more than just a job.
"I highly recommend THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR to anyone that loves a book full of juicy drama...debut author Katharine McGee weaves a delicious tale of glamour and heartbreak."
As stated previously, THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR has five different points of view. In many YA books, multiple point of views are very frequent and common, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with this many at once. Personally, I’m a fan of multiple points of view, but it can easily go wrong very fast. Rest assured, the author handles things perfectly. Each point of view is clear and contrasting from the rest, so it is not easy to mix up the voices of the characters. Plus, alternating the points of view create shorter chapters, making the book very fast paced. Though the book is long, I read it all in almost one sitting. Very early on, I got invested in all of the characters and their individual issues, curious about how they would all resolve them in the end.
Speaking of the characters, all of them were interesting and fun to read about. The author also managed to add some diversity to the book, both with race and sexuality. Each character had an extremely unique development, some for better and some for worse. The character arcs that everyone went through were extremely well-written and made the drama in the book that I would normally find cliché or petty more entertaining. That being said, by the end of the book some of the drama began to get a little old for me, simply because it is not normally my wheel-house.
Even with my problems with the drama carrying the plot, the setting of the book is what really won me over. McGee uses science fiction elements perfectly, including tons of futuristic technology in the book. If that technology is a taste of what we will get in a 100 years, I would love to time travel into the future. New York was so different yet similar to the one I know today and it was interesting watching the present and future mix together.
This book is often called “the futuristic Gossip Girl” and I could not agree with that comparison more. I highly recommend THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR to anyone that loves a book full of juicy drama just like shows like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. Debut author Katharine McGee weaves a tale of glamour and heartbreak, showing how far people are willing to go before they fall. The drama and secrets carry the story, leaving the reader wondering more and more where the author will take the story in the sequel and how much more all of the characters are hiding.
Reviewed by Brynn S., Teen Board Member on June 8, 2016