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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)
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It is a long book, and I did not think I would continue. But the more I read, the more I wanted to read. I was really involved. The ending was a bit of a disappointment, for a couple of reasons. It was extremely abrupt and there was a senseless death. But I will wait for the sequel, and I hope the author will put it all together and make it more complete.
The biggest gripe I have, however, is the story is not resolved. This ends like the first in a series and while I wouldn't mind that if I were prepared, I'm not given a hint that this story will continue. I want the story to end unless you tell me it won't. I have no interest in continuing to read these poorly developed, whiny characters whose most challenging decision seems to involve what clothes to pick out or what fancy vacation spot to hit.
Alright, let me make this painstakingly clear.. this is basically dystopian Gossip Girl. To a freaking T.
AND I LOVED IT. I was not expecting it to be a one day binge read, at all. I started it on break at work and basically had to force myself to work instead of read for the rest of the day. I can’t say I was successful considering I finished it same day.
So just before we actually get into everything I liked about it, I feel the need to bring up something very important:
Yes, there is an incestuous romance. Do I care? Not really. Do I agree with incest? Never in a million years. You’ve got to realize though.. I am completely and utterly OBSESSED with Game of Thrones, which is chalk full of incest nasty. In The Thousandth Floor, it’s a romance between a girl and her adopted brother. HOWEVER, the fact that there is no blood relation does not make it less disgusting. But hey, McGee doesn’t say it’s okay in the book. You are reading from the POV of the girl in the relationship, so obviously there’s self-doubt, there’s a battle to get over her forbidden feelings, but there is also defeat and acceptance that she can’t change those feelings. What a lot of people forget to mention is that it also shows the POV of someone outside the relationship that finds out about it and that character literally has to force himself NOT to vomit and throws himself into a drunken stupor because it’s so disgusting. If I found out the guy I was crushing on was sleeping with his sister, I’d react the same way. McGee shows both sides. She isn’t hanging flyers trying to convert everyone over to the incest-nasty dark side.
Now that that’s settled..
"He didn’t know whether she’d fallen, or been pushed, or whether—crushed by the weight of unspoken secrets—she’d decided to jump."
That prologue! There really isn’t a more fantastic way to start a book than with a mysterious death because you HAVE to know: What happened? Who was it? WHO DID IT?!
Leda- Crazy, crazy, crazy.. I felt bad for her throughout the majority of the book. I had really hoped that Avery would be the one to break because she just seemed too.. perfect (Well, if you can forget the whole incest thing). But Leda really blew everyone else out of the water with that nutso level.
Avery- Meet the IT Girl, the Serena, the Barbie Doll designer baby that hates to be told just how perfect she is. Basically, the only interesting thing about her is that she loves her brother in a very non-brother-sister way.
“On the other end of the call was Atlas, her brother—and the reason she never wanted to kiss anyone else.”
Watt- Hacker boy with an AI system attached to his head. Watt (Nadia) gets hired to cyber stalk Atlas (Avery’s brother) by Crazy Leda, which leads to all kinds of unexpected trouble. Like falling for Avery, who loves Atlas and is best friends with Leda, who also loves Atlas. I think I actually liked Nadia more than Watt. Can I have more AI in The Dazzling Heights, please? Haha
Rylin- Poor, tough Rylin. Totally rooting for Corlin! Rylin gets caught between her drug dealing ex-boyfriend and bailing him from jail, and Cord, her highlier employer and the guy she finds herself falling for.
They’re all so different from each other and it was so refreshing. I often find that when there are so many POV’s, they have a tendency to run together. I didn’t have that problem at all with The Thousandth Floor.
Obviously the whole book leads to that moment we’re all waiting for.. Who was the girl that fell? Did someone kill her?
The fact that I need The Dazzling Heights as soon as possible should tell you that I really enjoyed this book.
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