Review | The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee | The Thousandth Floor #1
Young Adult
Publication Date | August 30th, 2016


Book Blurb:


A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.


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….

| Book Review |

According to Goodreads, this book is 448 pages, and it felt like it was 448 pages! It’s not even that it was a long read, I just felt like it was a heavy read, which brings me to my first point. One of the things I find very interesting about this book is that I think you can decide how much you’re willing to invest in it. For example, if you wanted a light, superficial read, I think you could get that from The Thousandth Floor; it would be easy to be dismissive of these characters and their ‘first world problems.’ But I also feel like you could turn this into a heavier read (which is what I did,) if you let yourself go and just be swept up in the story. If I recall correctly, this book was compared to Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl, and I have to say that this is one of the more accurate comparisons I’ve seen, right down to the fact that this felt very episodic. There were several POVs here that lent to that feeling, and oddly enough, it made it easy not only to walk away from this book, but also to pick it right back up and not feel lost. I was worried at first that I wouldn’t be able to keep all of the POVs straight, but the characters were so different and the problems unique enough to each one that it made it a breeze to keep them straight. I will say that there were parts of this book that felt slow, but that didn’t bother me. The story was quick to grip me, and even with the slower parts, it held my attention. There was a lot of drama here, and it could be easy to label it as drama for drama’s sake, but when you’re a teenager, everything is a big deal. And everything was definitely a big deal for these teenagers. That’s not to make light of their issues – one is an older sibling trying her best to support her younger sister after her single mother’s death, one is a young man who’s lost both of his parents and has only a troubled older brother to look up to, and one finds herself losing the life she’s accustomed to when her true parentage is revealed. Those are real issues that would mess with anyone, but there are also things going on that seem trivial by comparison. This book does kick off with a murder (character unknown,) but rest assured. Unlike Pretty Little Liars, the mystery will be solved by the end of this book. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t enough loose ends to warrant a second installment. I have to say, I really like the fact that the identity of the murdered character is withheld from the reader. It removes any opportunity to purposely distance yourself to soften the loss, and the attachment makes it that much more of a blow.

I was purposely ambiguous in this review, but trust me. It’s in your best interest to go in blind if you have any intention of reading this book. I enjoyed the heck out of The Thousandth Floor, and I can’t wait to read The Dazzling Heights!

| Rating |

Series | The Thousandth Floor


4 thoughts on “Review | The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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  1. I like how you explained the ways a person could appreciate this book more. Some books are like that when they allow for more than one approach to reading them. I do tend to get impatient with teen angst, but if the author makes me feel it’s authentic than I can go with it. Aha, a murder that will affect me hard. Even better.

    Great review, Angie!


  2. The Dazzling Heights starts off the same way…with a murder of a character but you don’t know which one. I picked up The Thousandth Floor last year because of all of the people I heard talking about it, and the concept sounded interesting, even if it wasn’t something I normally would have picked up. But I got swept away by the characters and the drama, and I’m glad I gave it a try. Now I have to wait until the release of the third book next year.


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