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Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katherine McGee
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Young Adult, Futuristic
Print/Digital/Audio (448 pages, HARPERCOLLINS)
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….
Author Site: website

Gimme all this future tech! (4 stars)

Ever get stuck hmming and hahing over a book? The Thousandth Floor was a book that was hard to pick up. A gorgeous cover can be hard to resist but the premise had me a little hesitant. I've never been into the whole Gossip Girl type thing but the futuristic elements ultimately won me over.

From the start it was a challenge to get into TTF. There are a LOT of characters and the chapters switch around to introduce them and establish their various connections and relationships with one another. It's pretty complex to sort them out but once the board is set with pieces it's easy to start connecting with them. McGee did a great job of making each of them a multi-faceted and interesting person. It just takes time and is a slow process which can be a challenge. Once the plot picks up about 2/3 of the way in it becomes really enjoyable and the twists and turns don't let up.

I wasn't sure I'd want to continue the series until the last chapter but it definitely ends in a way that will have you ready to see where the secrets, lies, and betrayals lead these characters. Definitely worth picking up if you enjoy books with futuristic tech too, that was what I wound up loving most about the book.

Overall, a bit slow to get rolling and challenging to connect as often happens in high and epic fantasy but well worth the read if you're craving something that's a hearty blend of futuristic, mystery, romance, and YA.

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