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The Thousandth Floor Hardcover – August 30, 2016

3.9 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Thousandth Floor Series

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  • Series: Thousandth Floor (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 30, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062418599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062418593
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2016
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The Thousandth Floor was not at all what I was expecting. A skyscraper with 1,000 floors had me envisioning all kinds of dystopian elements, some sci-fi and plenty of action, but that's really not what this book is about. This is a teen drama that just happens to be set in the future in a skyscraper that really doesn't play all that big a role in things. This is more about family, love, friendship and betrayal among the super wealthy than it is about future society. I don't usually read this type of novel, so after about 25 pages when it finally dawned on me that I was going to be stuck in this soap opera for another 400 plus pages, I was not feeling good about this book. Then I got hooked. I admit it, I was glued to the page! I was certainly surprised.

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.
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I've said it before but I so judge books by their cover, and rarely fully read descriptions. Most of the time this works out in my favor, and sometimes I get phenomenal results...Just like I did with The Thousandth Floor.

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!
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Well, if you're looking for glitz, gossip and gadgets, look no further. The problem? There's really not much in the way of substance here.

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.
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