⏲ Read time: 3-5 minutes
Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.
In The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, we go all the way up, to the thousandth floor of the ominous Tower and meet Avery Fuller, the most beautiful girl in the entire world (courtesy of her parents hand-picking their best DNA traits for her to inherit). Avery has a secret though, she’s in love with her brother.
It’s not that weird, since her brother Atlas Fuller was adopted at the age of seven. Avery has fallen in love with him but cannot tell a single soul. But the feeling is mutual, as Atlas loves Avery more than just a sister, and vanished to travel the world to avoid his feelings.
Also in the Tower is Leda Cole, Avery’s best friend, with her own kind of secrets. Leda and Atlas hooked up during a family vacation and she spent the teenagers summer in rehab, battling an addiction to pills. Leda also finds herself in love with Atlas, but can’t tell her best friend her true feelings. The two best friends are drifting apart, and there’s so slowing the distance.
Eris Dodd-Radson is another upTower socialite who has the life: the clothes, the friends, the love interests and the picturesque family. Until, the truth comes out and discovers that the man she thought was her biological father isn’t and leaves her mother and her, forcing them to the 103rd floor. Eris has to balance hiding her new life downTower, while fighting feelings for a girl who doesn’t understand her former lavish lifestyle, Mariel.
There’s also Rylin Myers, a resident of the 32nd floor who finds her way up to the XXX floor, where Cord Anderton hires her to fill in as a maid (a title her deceased mother once held). Rylin tries to make a quick buck to avoid being evicted by stealing drugs from Cord, but Cord stole something from her: her love and affection.
In all honesty, The Thousandth Floor felt a lot like a guilty pleasure. This is considered a young adult book, but it felt a lot like a futuristic Gossip Girl (which was a favorite of mine while I was in high school.) A part of me felt like it was beyond my age group, but McGee’s style of writing was addictive and I found myself craving more.
I don’t know what it was about this story, but I really enjoyed it, even though again, it felt like my age seemed way beyond the material. I don’t opt for Sci-Fi’s, which is what this story is claimed to be, but I could envision everything and could see it as real life, and kind of wished the technology existed now!
It was definitely cool, and maybe a little terrifying, to think of life in the future and the Tower does seem like something that could become a reality in due time. I mean, just look at Dubai and the Burj Khalifa! The thought of someone falling from the top sends a shiver down my spine, and let alone, it’s how the story opens.
There’s two more installments of this series (The Dazzling Heights and The Towering Sky). I intend on reading them rather soon so the storyline stays fresh within my mind and simply because I got to know what happens.
Rating: 4 out of 5