Book Reviews

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) – Katherine McGee (Book Review)

//I received an ARC of this book from the publishers. That in no way affects my opinions on the book. 

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Title : The Thousandth Floor 

Series : The Thousandth Floor #1

Genre : YA Science fiction


Summary

Goodreads summary:

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….


Non-Spoilery Thoughts

One word to sum up everything this book is about : drama.

The Thousandth Floor is the story of a bunch of rich people (well, mostly rich people) and their life problems and shennanigans. I know this book is marketed as ‘web of lies’ ‘mysterious and intirguing’ piece of YA literature but trust me on this, it isn’t that big. The blurb makes it sound way more secretive and interesting than the book actually is.

The plot of the book is a whirlwind. It’s all over the place, and it includes too many things at once, but not a single thing elaboratelyIt has a hella lot of family dramarelationship dramafriendship dramasibling drama and all other kinds of rich people drama you can think of [Re : drama which includes characters debating about what exactly they’re gonna wear in particular parties and giving unnecessary details about their wardrobe.] Most of the problems and conflicts in the book could have been solved by just one conversation, or if the characters acted wisely enough but it was just dragged on without reason.

I appreciate the book for its diversity, for it features a bsiexual main character, as well as other characters from different ethnic backgrounds. Huge, huge thumps up to that. Also, I wasn’t really expecting to see any diversity when I went into the book, and was pleasantly surprised to see how the author has at least attempted diverisfy her cast of characters.

If reading about incest bothers you, this book isn’t for you. Not that this book is about incest or anything, but just saying : it does contain a sibling relationship which is romantic. It didn’t bother me too much because it was barely there for a small part in the book, and also the book didn’t stress to much on the actual relationship. However, the MC’s feelings for her brother are mentioned throughout the book and if that bothers you in any way, don’t read this book!

The multiple POV didn’t bother me too much, because honestly I would’ve died of boredom if the entire book focused on one single character and was written from his/her POV. The book is written in a third person narrative which worked well for me, because most of the characters were really annoying, and it would’ve sucked to be in their minds for an entire book. The switching perspectives was a really good idea and I love that the book is writen in a multiple POV format.

The book heavily, heavily focuses on drugs and substance abuse. It shows the bad side of substance abuse, and how easy it is to get sucked up into its world. However, the message doesn’t stand out clear because even though the book tries to touch several issues, it fails to do justice to most of them. And there, lies the weakness of the book.

In spite of all its shortcomings, the book is fast-paced, addictive, and you will rush through it to find out what happens in the end. I read this book in 5 days, which is the fastest I’ve read a book in AGES. It’s a very quick read, and all the drama is (frankly) entertaining. The thing is, you have to be in the right mood to read this book. If you’re looking for a serious book, you’ll drop this book before reading even the first 100 pages. I, on the other hand, started reading this for something flippant, stupid and random and I got that from the book!

My Rating

2.5/5 stars

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8 thoughts on “The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) – Katherine McGee (Book Review)

  1. Wonderful review. Sorry to hear it wasn’t all that for you, though. This has been one of my most anticipated reads for 2016, and I still haven’t gotten around to it yet!! I had no idea that there were POC characters and bi-sexual characters, though. Are they mentioned enough in the book for this to be considered diverse?

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