Arc Review – The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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August 28, 2016 by ceresbooksworld

The thousandth floor


The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Book one in The Thousandth Floor series

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: August 30th, 2016

Source: eArc from the Publisher

Rating: 4 hearts




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 had a little trouble to get into the story in the first 10 chapters. I found the book long and I don’t cling to the personality of the characters. I wondered where the author wanted to go and I wasn’t totally convinced by her choice. That said, after I devoured the book without any problem and I even attached to certain characters. If there is one thing we can say of this book it’s that it makes you feels all kinds of emotions, the worst being the actual hate that I have dedicated to a particular character. I think some people deserve to die, in books of course and she is the one.

The book is told by five characters, Avery, Leda, Rylin, Eris and Watt. At first I was afraid because so many characters speaking can kill the book but it’s not the case. I like the fact that I can enter in all five characters, that makes me loves them or hate them more.

Avery is the perfect rich girl; she lives on the Thousandth Floor, the last one of the tower. She was genetically created with all the good genes of her parents. She has an adoptive brother Atlas. She’s a great friend, she’s kind, generous and even if she’s acting like a very rich girl, she isn’t happy. She loves Atlas but of course he doesn’t know because even if he’s not her brother by blood, he’s part of the family.

Leda is rich too; she’s also a drug addict, a liar, a bitch, a bad people. I really HATE her, it’s not only hate, it’s rage, she’s destroying everything and everyone. And the reason is stupid and selfish, one boy doesn’t want you and suddenly it’s his fault if you’re a drug addict and also if you treat your best friend like shit. Grow up a little Leda because the world isn’t easy for lonely people who threaten all their friends.

Rylin is the poor girl who lives on the Thirty Two floor, she has a sister but her mom died one year ago. I can say that I like Rylin since the beginning because she was rude with her sister and I can’t say that her friends are nice people.

Eris is rich too, she likes boys and girls, she loves to flirt and one night stand, and she’s a party girl. Sadly, her life will change and she will have to change for the best. I like Eris, she’s impetuous, strong and in the end she’s a true friend.

Watt lives in two hundred thirty floors, he is a geek, really, he has a computer in his skin, and he named her Nadia. I have multiples feeling with him, first for me he’s a cheater because he listens to Nadia for everything, and Nadia tell him what to say to girls and how to react. I don’t like what he does for Leda, but I understand why, he needs money and it’s easy money. A thing I like about him it’s that when he love someone, he is nice and real. He’s not a bad guy but I think he takes poor choices.

There are others characters like Cord, Atlas and Mariel who are very interesting and they are part of the story.

The tower is interesting with social classes, the poor at the base of the tower where there are a lot of places and there can be a lot of apartments. The higher you are, the richer you are, young doesn’t work and doesn’t know the value of money, and they spend it on useless things. The people who live down level are working and their life isn’t perfect but they are happier.

A big part of the story is about Leda who is jealous of Avery, Avery is perfect physically, she’s smart and beautiful, Leda is not all that and she’s has a lot of grudge against Avery and Eris. I already said that but I don’t like Leda, she’s insecure and she thinks that threatening her friend will make her strong. All the characters are growing up and changing during the book except her, she’s a little rich girl who didn’t have what she wants and have tantrums.

I like the fact that the romance is not on the first plan, this book is about rich and poor, friendship and how it can be destroyed or reinforced and it’s also about lies and their power of destruction.

Katharine McGee’s writing style is powerful, it’s not usual that a book gives me envy of murder and that I feel so much rage and anger on the behalf of a character. For that she’s impressive, the setting and particularly the passage in Paris are very wonderful (Paris is my city so obviously I like it).

I will read the next book with pleasure because I need to know what will happens next and how the characters will do.

Quick word: What happens in the tower rest in the tower.

About the author

Katharine McGee is from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years living in a second-floor apartment in New York City that she kept daydreaming about skyscrapers . . . and then she started writing. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel.


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