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The Thousandth Floor Hardcover – August 30, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—One hundred years in the future, New York City's skyline has been dramatically altered by the addition of a 1,000-story tower. The wealthy dwell in the upmost levels, while those who support the infrastructure of the tower live below. The book opens with an unidentified young woman plunging to her death from the penthouse. The remainder of the title flashes back two months and follows the points of view of five teens. Perfect Avery Fuller lives in the penthouse. She harbors a secret love for her adopted brother, Atlas. Meanwhile, her best friend, Leda, is tentatively dating Atlas. Cool girl Eris is about to lose everything. Rylin, who works for party boy Cord, tries to juggle her feelings for her boss with her loyalty to her incarcerated boyfriend. All of these plotlines intersect with the expected amount of fashion, scandal, partying, drug use, and hookups. Readers will spend time wondering which teen's dark secret would lead her to jump or be pushed from the tower. This will be gobbled up by fans of "Gossip Girl" and its ilk. High-tech elements are prevalent throughout, but it is the characters who will keep young adults reading. VERDICT An excellent hook and familiar tropes make this title a likely hit with teens.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
“The luxe lives of Manhattan’s elite are even more extraordinary in Katharine McGee’s futuristic, highly addictive page-turner. The Thousandth Floor will give you vertigo and leave you eager for more.” (Cecily von Ziegesar, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gossip Girl)
“Katharine McGee’s vision of glamorous twenty-second century teens makes for an addictive and compelling read that left me longing for the second installment!” (Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times Author)
“Twenty-second century Gossip Girl-like fun. Sexy and engrossing!” (Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author)
“An unparalleled mash-up of romance, mystery, and science fiction unlike anything I’ve read before. Katharine McGee gives the speculative fiction genre a much-needed make-over with a novel that’s as glamorous as it is fiercely intelligent.” (Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100)
“A gleaming future where a dirty secret still has pull on any human heart.” (Anna Godbersen, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE LUXE)
“Compelling and imaginative - I loved everything from the fascinating vision of the future to the scandalous lives of the characters.” (Amy Tintera, author of RUINED)
“A confident debut, replete with romance, jealousy, and enticing future fashions and tech, McGee’s story delivers more than enough drama and excitement to hook readers and leave them anticipating the next book in the trilogy.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A clever construction, readers who love uncovering scandalous secrets will find themselves staying up late. This is a towering debut.” (Booklist)
“This will be gobbled up by fans of “Gossip Girl”. An excellent hook and familiar tropes make this title a likely hit.” (School Library Journal)
“McGee has done her work in world building and character development to make a juicy, memorable future that readers will want to revisit.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
Top Customer Reviews
The Thousandth Floor is very well written, well paced and well imagined. It's filled with characters that easily capture the imagination, and over the top bad behavior that scintillates and will certainly appeal to older teens. The dialogue is filled with energy and the plot delivers so many secrets, twists and turns that you never know what is coming next. The futuristic elements are interesting enough to provide effective window dressing for the continuing parade of characters and their secrets without distracting from their stories. The author handles a pretty sizable cast of characters with surprising ease, switching narrators frequently without losing the narrative flow or energy.
Be aware that this book is awash in alcohol, drug use and casual sex. These are all older teens but the casual attitudes they exhibit towards all these behaviors is worth noting. One of the romantic relationships is just plain icky and almost ruined the entire book for me. It was my least favorite story line.Read more ›
Someone sold this book to me as Gossip Girl meets the future, which is somewhat true. The Thousandth Floor is set 100 years in the future, where the gadgets are slightly more advanced and the teens are still up to no good. I appreciate the setting that Katharine established - it's not unrealistic to expect the world to look just as she's set it out. Everything is a bit more automated (for those who can afford it) and it's inconvenient to go out in the world when everything is self contained and regulated within the tower.
Personally, I read the hell out of the Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars series. But The Thousandth Floor is so much more than the petty drama that often occurred in Gossip Girl. Written in four perspectives, you'd think things would get pretty jumbled but they never do. I was on board the whole way through and always felt like I knew who was where and doing what. The Thousandth Floor makes you care about all of the characters, even the ones you really don't want to like. I was terrified of the path they were headed down, worried about the choices they made. Sometimes I wanted to yell at the book - WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? Alas, free (book) will persevered, to the dismay of all of those who interacted with the four main characters.
The one thing I hope we get more of in the future is the history of the tower. This is a pretty unique structure (one of a kind, actually) so I want to know more about how it came to be and its dark history. With 1,000 stories within this world, I imagine 1,000 stories is not out of the realm!
To give the author (and despite our surnames, there's no relationship as far as I know) credit, she has done a great job at blending all the cool ideas out there. It's the future, and there's a thousand floor building. The real Central Park doesn't exist any more, but that's OK, because the people in the thousand-floor building have an ersatz version. Her version of this carefully-sheltered reality is captivating, and it's inhabited by a 22nd-century version of the Gossip Girl crowd -- rich/privileged and very, very spoiled (mostly.) And troubled. And we know from page one that someone will fall from the very top floor all the way down -- miles down.
You rise and you fall -- literally, within the building, and in status. And that's about as insightful or thoughtful as this book gets, really. It's all about the kind of YA themes that are familiar to readers from most other YA epics you could pick up anywhere. Take a dash of science fiction and dystopia (Veronica Roth won't need to quake in her shoes) and some normal troubled overprivileged preps, set in the future -- imagine what it might end up sounding like -- and you've pretty much got it.
It's not actively bad. It just felt perfunctory. I ended up feeling that the author had the most fun when she was describing the technology and the imaginary building, rather than the characters, which is not a good sign in a 450-odd page book that is supposed to be all about the characters. Whoops.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put the book down. The author builds suspense so well and keeps you drawn in until the very end! The only reason it is not a 5 is for the length. Read morePublished 1 day ago by April
To say this is derivative is putting it mildly but if you like gossip girl you are sure to enjoy this book.Published 6 days ago by YICUR12
I loved the futuristic tech and world building that McGee created for her New York. The society that would inevitably form from the base premise of the novel, the thousand-floor... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Emily
Entertaining read. Paints a very believable picture of the not-too-distant future.Published 9 days ago by Paige Hoffstein
This book felt like a futuristic gossip girl. If you're into that type of drama and rich kid problems (which I totally ammmm) then it's awesomeeee! Read morePublished 9 days ago by Valeria Cogliani
I purchased this book for an airplane ride. I was horribly disappointed. It was well-written, but it was not what I was looking for. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ashlea Heier
One of the most consuming novels I've ever read. I highly recommend it. Can't wait to find out what happens to all the characters.Published 12 days ago by Maria
I feel duped - this book was on several recommended reading lists. I must be missing something.Published 16 days ago by Jenn