Review: The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor By Katharine McGee

Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Pages: 441
Date Read: March 7th, 2020
Rating: 3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️


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…

I want to start off with saying that I love Katharine McGee’s writing. American Royals was one of the best books I red last year! When I saw that she had another series I knew I had to pick it up. Everything about The Thousandth Floor intrigued me. A building that defies all laws of physics, and a cast of characters with drama galore…sign me up!!

I planned to love this book. I planned to love this book so much that I thought I might read the whole series back-to-back. Things didn’t exactly go as planned. I felt pretty indifferent to this book as a whole. I read it and found a lot of things interesting, but for the most part I was just waiting for it to be over.

The prologue introduces a death to us. It doesn’t say who or why or anything like that, but I was automatically drawn in with that and excited to found out more. The events of the book are leading up to that big reveal. But while I’m reading and wondering which of these characters is the one that dies I suddenly realized I don’t really care. I felt nothing for these characters. Any of them could die and I wouldn’t be shocked or sad. I found them all annoying, or ridiculous in their actions. Only one of the characters has any character development and it’s a very small amount at that. The rest actually seem to get worse. They all just make so many bad decisions and the amount of times I had to sit there and think “are you serious?” to something one of them did was just too many to count.

Ignoring my disinterest in the characters, I enjoyed everything else about the book. My favorite thing is the descriptions. Like I said before McGee’s writing is lovely. The tower is huge and the detail McGee utilizes to make it seem real is breathtaking. She describes the indoor parks and miles long elevators. The poor sectors and rich sectors are all lush with descriptions. She also implements the Sci-fi aspect with the use of super cool contacts made to basically be a smart phone in your vision, and hoover vehicles that get you anywhere in the tower within minutes. I loved reading about the cool technology and the way it was used in this book.

I also liked some of the drama and plot twist. A lot of unexpected things happen which makes the reading experience enjoyable. I love to be shocked, and this book did have a good shock factor. But there was also a lot that was just too predictable. I think that comes with the territory of reading a YA book. Things can start to seem predictable or childish when reading about characters who act so young. Although they are in their late teens the characters make so many decisions and act very childish quite a bit throughout this book. Wait.. How did I get back to ranting about the characters?

Overall I felt this book was mediocre. It wasn’t awful but it was only semi-enjoyable. I would have liked to see more character development and maybe just one of the five main characters to actually be likeable.

While this book wasn’t my favorite it may be something you would enjoy. So I would still give it a chance if you enjoy Sci-fi, multiple POV’s and beautiful descriptions!

Thanks for checking out this review! I hope you are doing well and reading tons of great books!
Happy Reading 🖤


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