ARC Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

This review will be spoiler free!


The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Series: The Thousandth Floor #1
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publication: August 30th 2016 by HarperCollins
Length: 448 pages
Format: eARC

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’m not going to lie, I didn’t expect much from this novel when I first started reading. The premise was interesting, but it didn’t hook me from the start. However, when I started delving deeper into the plot and the intricate web of secrets and intrigue, I was hooked. This book has undoubtedly become one of my favorite books of this year!

THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR deals with a multitude of characters, set in a large, thousand-story building one hundred years in the future. Obviously, technology has evolved at a rapid pace, making this a clear-cut science fiction book. McGee does a fantastic job with the world-building, introducing us to the new technology through our characters, but in a way that doesn’t seem too overwhelming or boring. The concept of this novel is spectacularly brilliant and addicting in every way.

This novel is a very character-driven book, with each chapter bearing the thoughts and actions of one of the several teenagers this novel focuses on. Each of these characters are unique in their experiences, all of which are filled to the brim with drama and intrigue. One thing I will say, though, is that it took me a long time to differentiate between the characters. With the constant changing of POVs, I had to think at the beginning of each chapter of who was whom and the details of their lives that made them differentiable.


I don’t want to talk too much about the plot and the characters because it’s too good to spoil, but I will say that this book reminded me a lot of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (and GOSSIP GIRL; I haven’t seen/read GOSSIP GIRL but I assume it’s something like PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), but without the creepy stalker person.

All in all, THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR captured me with surprise and wove a tantalizing tale of several teenagers, living in a futuristic building, some with different socioeconomic backgrounds, romances, and sexuality. I definitely recommend giving this debut novel a chance!

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Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Have you read this book yet? If not, are you looking forward to it? Let me know your thoughts!


10 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

  1. I have to say that this one makes me nervous. I have seen some really bad reviews of it. Normally, I don’t let it bother me too much, or keep me from reading a book, but some of the things (like slow pacing and boredom), are making me wonder. But I am glad that I read your review now, because it is making me want to at least give this a chance. So, thank you for that. Oh, and I will say I am digging the cover. It is simple and beautiful. I bet it is stunning in person!


  2. I have also read mixed reviews on this book, so I’ll have to give it a try for myself. I love character-driven stories like you mentioned this book is, so based on your thoughts, this may be a great read for me.


  3. This one sounds so interesting! I love that its multiple POVs. I also like that its futuristic, I feel like I don’t read a lot of futuristic / non-end-of-the-world type novels lol Great review!

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook


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