REVIEW: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

TITLE: The Thousandth Floor

AUTHOR: Katharine McGee

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

PUBLICATION DATE: August 30, 2016

GOODREADS’ SYNOPSIS:

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….

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MY REVIEW:

The Thousandth Floor is a novel wherein Pretty Little Liars meets Gossip Girls…in a deeper sense.

When I started reading The Thousandth Floor, I admit I thought it was just another YA science fiction and dystopian novel. But of course, I was wrong.

From the middle part up to the last part of this novel, I couldn’t stop reading it. It just kept getting better and better; more lies were made; more revelations were exposed; unexpected things happened.

At first, the characters seemed like really different from one another, considering the fact that they are from different floors and social status. But then when I read further into the novel, I realized that they are so much alike: liars, pretentious and coward people. They are so annoying and yet it’s also hard not to love some of the characters (by that, I mean Watt and Cord and Eris) because of their inner beauty and wit and aura. McGee introduced, presented, and developed the characters really well. There will be a point wherein you will realize that, “That’s why that character was so strange… or acted like that.”

What I like about this novel is that it always has surprises. I was surprised by the characters (in so many ways, I can’t even….!!!!). I was surprised by the setting. Honestly, the way the Tower was described made me wish that it was a real place that I could go to in New York. Plus, it’s New York! Who doesn’t love New York?! I was also surprised with everything that happened. Everything happened so fast. I was so enthralled to it that I didn’t even flinch to say, “Wait. What?” I just kept on reading from one page to the next, from one chapter to the next. I love how fast-paced it is, but still it is so riveting!

But most of all, I was surprised on how everything in this novel seems to reflect today’s reality. As what I have said in Goodreads, the social relevance of this book is like no other. It is not your typical dystopian story wherein people are divided into different categories and that’s what sets people apart. The Thousandth Floor is so much more than that. It is not only about people being set apart. It is not only about high people versus low people. It is also about how both the high and the low people also have lots in common. This is where you will realize that not all those in the higher status are always happy and living a perfect life; and not all those in the lower status are always miserable and problematic.

Katharine McGee perfectly illustrated the importance of equality, family, friends, dignity and character.

The Thousandth Floor is a poignant and socially relative story that deals with the world’s reality today.

**I received an e-ARC via Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinion about the book.**

MY RATING:

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