The Thousandth Floor | Review

The Thousandth Floor by [McGee, Katharine]Title: The Thousandth Floor (#1)

Author: Katharine Mcgee

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Dystopian

Format: Hardcover


Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. A hundred years in the future. 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.

★ ★ ★.5

I didn’t know anything about the contents of this book, but the cover drew me in and I knew I had to read it.



Let’s start with this:

There is one trope I hate. Most tropes I  can overlook. They don’t really bother me. But there is one that I just can’t stand.


Underage drinking, and especially underage drinking when they’re trying to solve problems. This includes drugs too.

That trope is basically the base for this book. It’s everywhere, and I hated it with all of my soul.



Moving past that: all these characters are mental.

First of all – their emotions are inconstant. Typically, it goes like this:


Happy > Confused > Agitated\Annoyed > Angry


And sometimes you skip agitated and go straight to angry, depending on the character. But the emotions of these characters are like:

Happy > Angry

And that gives it a very unrealistic feel, and just in general it slows the plot down. That said, I do know that this is Katharine McGee’s debut, so I’m allowing room for error there.


And they all make bad decisions, a lot. Not just one person – but all of them. Over and over.



I did like the writing style. It was fast-paced, and constantly made me want to read more, no matter what the storyline was. I feel like this is the book version of a soap oprah, TBH.



The romance was refreshing – people getting together and breaking apart and getting together with other people – it was heart-breaking at times, but really refreshing to see in YA. Typically, you’re with someone, and that doesn’t change. Maybe you break up and get back together, but it’s usually pretty solid.

I was surprised that I ended up liking it.



Overall Thoughts

This is a reality show in book form. It’s so addicting! Even though I have a lot of negative things to say, I’m looking forward to the second one. I can’t understand why!

A lot of people did like this book, so if the premise sounds good to you, give it a try.


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