Book Review: The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)

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Book Review: The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Series: The Thousandth Floor #1
Published by Harper Collins Canada
Published On: August 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Contemporary
Location: New York, USA
Maturity Level: YA - some sexual content, drug usage
3 Stars
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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. 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…

what-I-loved

This is a book that I went into with high expectations and it probably wasn’t a good idea. I didn’t not like this book but I didn’t really love it either. I really loved the idea of all these people living in a giant tower. That was great but we didn’t really get to see much of it. We saw bits and pieces of it but we didn’t learn anything about how it came to be or how it even works. It felt like we were expected to know this place already and even though it was set in New York, we didn’t know anything about this place.

I’m struggling to mention things I loved about this book because the truth is it was only ok for me. The plot wasn’t too bad but there was a lot of characters who each had their own plot. Some of them were cool (like the poor hacker with a fancy AI) but most of the characters fell flat for me. That being said it wasn’t a bad book! Just a little boring and not fun to read.

I will give credit to the originality of this story! I personally have never read anything about a dystopian society living in a giant tower or the way each of these subplots were written. I didn’t like some of it but it was all very different.

what-I-didn't-love

My lists of dislikes could get long but remember, I did give this a 3 star rating so it wasn’t as bad as I’m probably making it out to be. 

First of all, the characters. Most of them drove me insane. I couldn’t feel any pity for the rich girl who ended up poor. None. Though she got a little better near the end I still thought she was whiny and annoying. I also couldn’t get into the sister/brother romance thing that was going on. It doesn’t matter that they weren’t biologically related, it was still weird and a little disturbing.

The only story I liked was Rylin because she actually worked really hard to come up with money to provide for her sister and I thought her romance she had going on was really cute. Watt was also an ok character but I didn’t find his storyline as exciting as some of the others. All the other characters were rich socialites which I normally love reading about but in this case they were extra annoying and I honestly couldn’t stand them all. When I don’t like or can’t connect to any of the characters that means a really low rating from me.

who-I'd-recommend-to

If you can stand the whining and complaining of the rich and privileged then you would probably like this book a lot more than I did. The dystopian elements were cool but there wasn’t enough of them to make this an actual dystopia book. I don’t even know if I would actually recommend this book to anyone older than 15 but I’m still a teeny bit curious about the rest of the series. Fingers crossed it gets a lot better.

one-line-review

Described as a futuristic Gossip Girl but it fell very flat for me. Boring plot lines mixed with annoying characters made for a very uninteresting book.

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