Featured Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
About this book:
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….
*Review Contributed by Joanna Mumley, Staff Reviewer*
Taking Thrillers to New Heights
It is officially summertime and I always love a little mystery and drama when I am on the beach. Well, not personal drama, but the ones I can read in a good book! Reminiscent of Gossip Girls and Pretty Little Liars, the mystery, intrigue, and betrayal and backstabbing are all mixed into one.
Debut author Katharine McGee does a fantastic job weaving in science fiction elements into her story. The world building is incredible. Although it is set at least 100 years into the future, the technology seems plausible and the separation of people based on economic status is scary but also incredibly realistic.
Once the weather gets warm and work starts to wind down, I love a good fun “book candy” read. While there is a lot of interesting themes and ideas running under the main events of the book, the basic storyline itself is a fast paced read that is both exhilarating and just plan entertaining.
The Thousandth Floor is over 400 pages long and I found myself unable to put the book down. Thank goodness I had a long weekend. A little romance, jealousy, and tech genius, this story line delivers a great punch. This book hooks the reader quickly and keeps a tight grip. It all begins with a fall from the Thousandth Floor; but who is it? What happened? Was it an accident or was it murder? Someone knows the truth and someone knows everyone’s secrets.
The story is told through multiple narrators and the reader gets bits and pieces of the story to unravel the mystery. Some books with this many narrators can get confusing or disjointed- but McGee has an expert hand. It reads more like an eloquent film sequence than separate chapters.
Trust me, this August (2016) grab a beach blanket, or a comfy blanket inside with the air conditioner and be prepared not to leave your seat- maybe you should make sure you have snacks within arms reach.
Recommended to fans of Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl, but also to anyone who loves a good mystery and a little bit of future technology.
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