The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee (2016)
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Reading Time: 09/11/16 – 20/11/16
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.
Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….
That was the longest blurb ever! So this is the pick for November for the Dragon’s Nest Book Club, with the idea of parties and celebration coming into theme.
Okay this novel is fantastic for a book with different perspectives and that is coming from someone who hates chapters that flick between different character’s narratives. But damn McGee did it well! She integrated it so cleverly that you got different opinions on characters and saw them in a new light. For example one of the character’s was scared of a sub-character, but another found him to be a scrawny kid. I found this kind of insight helped the build the world up a lot more.
The idea that this huge tower building had everything in it that people could need suggested a scary potential for the future and for how dependant on tech humans are. Whilst this definitely had a huge element of Ballard’s High-rise to it, this book didn’t make me feel like I was taking a weird trip. Instead I was desperate to find out what happened and who the girl was that was described in the introduction (no spoilers).
I found it very hard to choose a favourite character, those I initially liked soon became people I disliked and vice verse. Again, this is one of the flaws I find in split narrative stories, you can ever really get familiar with one specific character. I found myself captivated with the high life these girls had, they could have whatever they wanted a money was no object. This is definitely a immersive read, because for these 437 pages you can feel like a spoilt rich kid.
There are contacts you wear instead of using a phone all the time that can scroll through social media, send messages, make calls etc. Now this is a cool concept, but also a flawed one! Characters have to speak their messages out loud to send them, which seems like a step back rather than forwards. I admire McGee’s inventions and I would be interested to see if we ever actually end up getting them. One girl had plastic surgery to get flecks of gold put into her eyes! Oh how the other half live.
It was interesting to read about the class division in the tower, those on lower floors did not mix with those on the top floors. There was a clear division and the characters knew their place. It was interesting to read about those in both situations, I’d like to think I would be somewhere in between the two, but actually I don’t think I would want to spend my life inside a tower, no matter how glamorous it was.
Yet again I have done the world’s most out of order and nonsense review, so enjoy! If you love those glossy, rich girl American TV shows then this is a book you will devour!