Saturday, November 5, 2016

Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (Soundtrack)

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katharine McGee
Publisher: HarperCollins
Goodreads Summary: 
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….
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: 
Told from multiple perspectives, The Thousandth Floor is set in the year 2118. Katharine McGee tells many different tales of love, but there is always a catch, a lock on the gate to happiness. The prologue and epilogue are linked in a perfect way, the latter providing the barest hint at what a tragic ending it'll be.

Each character in this book has a definite role, not always public, and a set personality differing from others. Also, they all had a hidden connection to the ending. Atlas is the character I enjoyed reading about the most, but he infuriated me as well due to his actions. From the start I saw Leda as someone who would do a lot to get her will, and this is proven by the way her character is tied into the storyline and her actions specifically in the later part of the book.

I have no words... The synopsis pulled me in, and the prologue just solidified that, two pages of solid gold. Just when every drama dissipates and things start to return to normal the most explosive scene of the book happens, taking us back to the prologue, and the style in which it is written.

If you've ever read dystopia, I'm sure you enjoy the differences between the dystopian world and our world. Really, it's just a futuristic this-may-become-reality universe. The Thousandth Floor embodies this desire for a different reality and takes it to another level. The romantic relationships that occur also have another message, specifically acceptance of those who are different.

Katharine McGee torments her characters and puts them through hell to the seventh power, especially at unexpected moments throughout the book. The first few chapters make you wonder who the character telling the story is and how they tie in to the general storyline. By halfway through, you may believe you've finally figured it out, but only at the very end do we learn how entangled these characters really are.

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Purchase Location: ~I received a copy from HarperCollins NZ in exchange for an honest review~
Edition: Paperback
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Quotes:

"Even I haven't figured me out, and I've been trying for eighteen years." —Eris Dodd-Radson, The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

"'I promise,' [she] said again, and the words drifted up like smoke in the darkness."
Recommended for:
 Fans of dystopia and romance.

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