10 October 2016

Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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.


Source: NetGalley Request

I got to read the first five chapters of this courtesy of Epic Reads First 5 (it's awesome, sign up!) and I was instantly sucked right in to the story and desperate for more. So, now that I have my hands on a copy, shall we see how it goes..?

5 Words: Friendship, family, secrets, lies, sci-fi.

There are a lot of comparisons to Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars out there for this book - and I'd definitely say fair game, it's very similar. But I absolutely enjoyed this more. Until the end.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book, I can't decide myself whether it's ultimately good or bad, so list time!

The Good

  • Poor Little Rich Girl. Sometimes you need your fix.
  • The world. I mean, yes it confusing, but as far as sci-fi goes it hit a lot of well done tropes, did them well, and kinda made sense.
  • Pure enjoyment. It was easily to suspend disbelief and just go with it.
  • The diversity. I loved the mix of rich and poor, and how it was totally normal and completely OK for characters to have same-sex relationships.
  • Family dynamics. I love me a complicated family, and the families in this were so messed up.


The Bad

  • Poor Little Rich Girl. Sometimes there are too many in one story.
  • All of the characters. It took me until about half way through to book to be able to tell the characters apart.
  • All of the stories. There were so many things going on that it was difficult to keep track.
  • Incest. That's just icky and unnecessary. I don't care that they're "not related" they've been raised as brother and sister.
  • Cheating. I'm not a fan of it in any way, shape or form, but it is pretty standard in this type of book and The Thousandth Floor was no different.


Right, so... I'm still undecided. I think my feelings on this will very much depend on my mood.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this intriguing book! I love books, TV shows, films (anything really!) that gives an interesting look into the lives of the rich and successful, it's always interesting and really draws you in! Gossip Girl is one of my favourite series so if this book is anything like that, I'd enjoy it! Love the fact that the book is so diverse in terms of the relationships it shows - just a shame about the cheating aspect, I'm with you there!

    Abbey 🌸 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  2. I think as a Game Of Thrones fan I've become numb to incest in books, *is totally not shipping an uncle/niece pairing in GOT rn* but I agree being raised as family is awkward. The book sounds interesting though and I haven't heard of it yet so that's another one on my radar!

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  3. This sounds like a book I would absolutely love! The concept sounds so interesting 💖🍵

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  4. Haven't read this but I love PLL so may give it a go at some point 😊
    Amy xx

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  5. I'm a big fan of gossip girl and pretty little liars. I like that this take is more sci-fi leaning tho, it's refreshing.

    Too many characters can get really confusing especially if the author inserts multiple in a scene and for some reason incest has become a popular theme in books and tv lately.

    I don't know what that's about?? Like why?? lol.

    Nice review - I can understand the mixed feelings. :)

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  6. I kinda wanna read it now to see what I would think about it, especially since you've got such mixed feelings about it! Great review :) Sometimes it's just very difficult to decide whether you like it or not haha!

    xxx Nele | http://thenavigatio.com/

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  7. Sounds like a nice book to discover! Will have to check it out :) x

    Kirsty
    www.corinneandkirsty.com

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