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Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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“Sometimes love and chaos are the same thing.”

I picked this one up from my library via the online site. I finished it in one day because it is that addicting. Once you are roped in, there is no getting out. This young adult novel is a twist on the lives of the young, beautiful and rich. They play hard, love hard and they fall hard. Anyone who likes drama and heartbreak, this is going to be right up your ally. I’ll try to stay as spoiler free as possible.

My Rating: A

Goodreads Synopsis: 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…

 

My Thoughts: This novel is told from the point of view of several teenagers that find themselves in the Tower, a huge building which houses one thousand floors. You could live your entire life in the Tower and never leave. You could also live your entire life in the Tower and never meet half the people who live there. It’s a complex and intricate society based on how high up you are in the building, literally. But the higher up you are, the more you have to lose, the farther you have to fall. Each of the characters has something that could destroy life as they know it. They each play a game of survival, cat and mouse. It’s a beautifully written take on the elite.

What I Liked: The complexity of the details and lies was spot on. Everything comes together in the end, which almost flawlessly ties up all the loose ends. The end itself was phenomenal for inducing a sense of completion that could lead to a series, but makes you feel satisfied if you want to just read the first one. Each of these teenagers has a secret, one that could destroy them, and in the end it catches up with them. This book kept me on edge, but left me feeling satisfied as a whole.

What I Disliked: I felt like all of the parents were extremely irresponsible in this novel as they are in many adult novels. They have no idea what’s going on in their kids lives and are working only at their own selfish ends. I always find this flaw to stand out in particular because it’s just so blatantly inaccurate. In this world of the tower, I see how people could get lost in not knowing what is going on in their kids lives, caught up in the glitz and the glam. I just find it strange that every parent of these girls and Watt, didn’t seem to care what their kids were up to.

Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s fast paced and exciting. One of the best books I’ve read this year.

Is this book on your to-read list? Would you live in the Tower? Is money enough to buy happiness?

-Leah

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