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Review: The Thousandth Floor

Katharine McGee - The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)
Expected publication: August 30, 2016 by HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQIA, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 2/5

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….

"I'm so glad Mom and Dad are gone," Avery murmured. Her parents were at a wedding this weekend. Not returning till Sunday. 

Well, they were never fully there to begin with. So.

Gossip Girl The Thousandth Floor is about a group of rich, over-privileged teenagers, all living in the same building in Manhattan, upTower, but with a futuristic twist.

Serena Avery Fuller was genetically created to be perfect. IVF, probably. She has golden-blonde hair and radiant blue eyes and horsey-long legs. She can get any guy she wants, but the only one she truly desires is one she can never have, Nate Atlas. Her brother. (Before my review can ruin your pure view of Gossip Girl, Nate and Serena weren't related.) Unbeknownst to the Fullers, Avery's best friend, Blair Leda, has recently fornicated with Atlas and has harbored secret feels for him as well.

Included POVs are Season 1/2 Jenny Eris, Season 3 Jenny Rylin, and Dan Watt. After it's revealed her mother was a little too promiscuous in her heyday, Eris's "father" kicks them out of their grand NYC condo and they're forced to move to one of the lower-class floors. No offense, but I would think if a man has raised a child for 18yrs, he would continue to do so. No matter, their paternity.

Rylin and her boyfriend distribute drugs, but when she needs extra $$$, she takes her mother's old job, working for Chuck Bass's Cord's Anderton's family. Meanwhile, Watt is a hacker with a talking computer, bribes the rich for insane amounts of cash to find out stuff that is easily Googleable, and has a rabid obsession with Avery.

As you can probably tell, this is very much Gossip Girl. There are plenty of parties, mentions of ski trips, and a spontaneous trip to Paris. The only difference, it's the future. They return to their normal lives in about 5 seconds. It seems the future hasn't changed much - according to this book, at least - taxis have become hovers, manicures are manicolors, dodoburgers, digi-fied closets, etc. Still, a lot is left unexplained. Brooklyn is said to be in the midst of an ownership lawsuit, but it's never explained why. (?) Flickers and pings, which I assume are texts and calls respectively, and it's said people have antennas installed to receive them.
(...) "Maybe," Leda shrugged. She wanted to change the subject. "You're insanely tan, by the way. That's from Florence?"
"Monaco. Best beaches in the world."
"Not better than your grandmother's house in Maine,"
Avery and Atlas's relationship was a traumatizing read. Just in case you've forgotten, they are siblings. Brother-sister. Given, he's adopted. I feel like that was the author's way of saying he's not her "biological" sibling, but they've still known each other their whole lives. How could their parents not pick up on their attraction?! UGH.

I sorta/kinda shipped Cord/Leda (even though, they're probably not even a potential pairing) (they reminded me of Blair/Chuck, pre-the stalking) I just couldn't with Eris. She acted like her life was so hard. If she was being offered monthly $$$, she should've taken it and moved back to her floor. Life ain't that tragic, dang.

Sorry, but The Fall was hilarious. I literally placed my book down and walked away. It would've been more interesting if it were Avery, since she knew the secret passageway to the roof and all. What do you think is gonna happen if you approach an angry bird woman on the ledge of a building?

Leda and Eris made the book for me. Ironically, I sort-of sympathized with Eris. Leda was so badass, but she was no Blair Waldorf. Not that Blair Waldorf was exactly a role-model. Leda was overly-jealous of everyone, and I simply couldn't handle her. Though I probably won't check out the second book, Atlas and Avery's "relationship" has definitely scared me off. Promising debut, nonetheless.    


  1. LOL I am so very very glad I just DNFed this book because this wasn't my thing before, and it isn't now. Also how did I know it WASN'T going to be Avery? I'm not surprised AT ALL.

    I have never watched or read Gossip Girl, so I don't think I would have gotten any of the references. But I think it would have equally been as bad if I read the entire thing instead of 40 pages.

    1. Omg I'm such a Gossip Girl fiend. I own most of the DVDs and books, but it's okay. lolol. The Thousandth Floor is VERY similar to it.

      WHERE'S YOUR REVIEW, VAL? I SHALL GO READ IT. lol but seriously, "the fall" was such a joke.


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