The Thousandth Floor #1
by Katharine McGee
Published on August 30, 2016 by HarperCollins
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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. Everyone there 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 this 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 for 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....
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee is a drama filled contemporary with a scientific and mysterious twist. It follows 5 individuals through their everyday lives over the course of a few months (months? Is that right? I think so…). We see the different sides of The Tower’s many inhabitants. We see the rich and the poor, the sober and the drugged up, the insecure and the absolute “perfection.” McGee does a fantastic job creating a world in the future. Like I could totally see this place being America’s future (if Trump doesn’t f*ck it up that is….). The technology that this time (2118) has is incredible. I was talking with my fiance about the different technology that comes up in this book and it’s incredible to think that we could someday have the technology that was talked about, that we could someday have drugs that connects everyone’s minds together.
Moving on to the actual characters. First we have Avery. She’s the girl who lives on the thousandth floor. The perfect, genetically designed girl her parents wanted. Avery hates how perfect everyone sees her. In her eyes, she falls very short of being perfect. She goes through life secluded upon the thousandth floor, with all the money she could ever want to spend. But money is not what she wants. She loves the old fashioned things. She loves gardens and running and anything the world doesn’t deem perfect anymore. But Avery also has a secret. She could have anything in the world. Anything. But the one thing she wants, she cannot have. Her adopted brother Atlas. This part of the book was a little weird for me. I mean I know they aren’t technically related, but they grew up together…it’s a little weird imo..
And then there’s Leda, Avery’s best friend. We first see Leda after the end of summer, where her character personality is clear from the very beginning. Leda is a liar. She lies to protect her reputation, even to Avery. Leda is a drug addict. She spent the entire summer in rehab, but tells everyone she was traveling to visit her family. She is also into Atlas, Avery’s brother. She blames her last drug binge on him up and leaving right after they had slept together…to me, she seemed like the type to blame all her problems on other people instead of taking responsibility. She was definitely my least favorite character, ESPECIALLY when that ending happened.
Eris. I loved her. She was my absolute favorite. She may have started out like this stuck up, money loving bitch, but she changed the most over the course of the novel. She first finds out that the father she thought was her father, isn’t really her father…She then moves down to the 103 floor. This is when we get the REAL glimpse of the staggering difference between the rich and the poor. Firstly, the rich have identification scanners for their doors so no one ever has to knock, unlike the poor. Secondly, the difference between the amount of apartments on each floor is astounding. The higher you go, the more each floor knows their neighbors. While on the 103rd floor, she starts a relationship with this girl Mariel. Seriously love them together. They are perfect (in my eyes).
Then there is Rhylin. To be honest, she wasn’t talked about that much. Like we got a little of her backstory with her mother dying and who her sister is and who her boyfriend is, but that’s it. I didn’t get a feel for WHO she was. She starts a relationship with this guy named Cored (Eris’s ex), while her boyfriend Hiral is accused of selling drugs. We see more of her relationship with Cord than we do about her everyday life. The Thousandth Floor kind of focused more on Eris, Leda, and Avery…
Watt, the only guy main character, is the fifth and final character for me to talk to. I really liked him. To me he feels like the smartest character in this book…but also not that smart. He designed his own quant, one that could even fit in his contacts…yet he couldn’t think of a way to get him and the others out of the situation at the end of the book. He LET her win. Anyway…Watt is another character who lives on one of the lower floors (240th to be exact) and he shows us what it is like for a large family to be poor and live in The Tower.
Ack, so sorry that this post is so long….But I’m almost done. So. The Thousandth Floor. I highly, highly recommend this title. Katharine creates a world that is so amazing and wonderful, I can’t believe it took me this long to finish reading it. So go. Go read it. …please….