Title: The Thousandth Floor
Series: The Thousandth Floor
Author: Katharine McGee
Pub Date: 2016
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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. Everyone there 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 this 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 for 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.
Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….
This is such a gloriously trashy YA book! New York now is enclosed in a thousandth floors high tower, where the level of your social status is judged by the floor number of your apartment. The science fiction aspect of this book is fascinating. Author did a very good job of presenting us all of the different details of how life could look like in such tower, and how this tower could even been build. I loved the details on how our day-to-day life could be made so much more convenient with bots that deliver our food, do our make-up and hair, monitor out health and sleep.
All of the characters are very flawed, and I couldn’t truly like any of them. They all have dirty secrets that direct how they act and what they can do without fear of repercussions. This is a Gossip Girl in a future, we have extremely rich and beautiful teens that overdose, have secret relationships, fight, go for smoothies, drink, party, sneak around, plan revenges. And the life of the top-level teens is sprinkled with few teens from low levels of the tower.
I have an issue with this book – I don’t believe that negative behavior was challenged. It was there for your entertainment, but at no point it was challenged as a wrong and despicable behavior. And there’s a step-sibling romance that I just cannot condone. But leaving the problematic content aside, I still enjoyed this read. It just like a trashy TV show that you watch to forget about your problems, and see something silly.