The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee book review



A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.


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….


Wow, just WOW! I wasn’t planning to read The Thousandth Floor, but I found it on audible as Phoebe Strole, the narrator, is one of my all time favourite narrators! Strole, as always, really brought this story to life, even when there were five different POV’s! The only thing however that I did wish was that there was a separate male narrator for the male POV, Watt, as at times it did get a little confusing. But other than that Strole’s performance was incredible!

The Thousandth floor was a mind-blowing novel, with all the futuristic concepts and gadgets, my imagination ran wild conjuring up all these crazy scenes whilst reading the book! But despite all this, keep in mind that The Thousandth Floor is NOT a dystopian. The Tower itself was an architectural masterpiece, it was hard to wrap my mind around how vast it was with everything it contained, from full on parks to shopping malls and anti-gravity yoga studios. I also liked the concept of the rich living higher up in the tower and the underprivileged living on the lower floors, reading about the contrast between such characters was compelling. There were new futuristic concepts introduced in every chapter which constantly made the book interesting, along with all the POV’s, drama and scandal, this book is absolutely jam-packed! It’s hard to find yourself getting bored while reading this book, it’s just a complete whirlwind of events. Because of this you can fly through this book, despite it being 400 pages long!

McGee’s writing was lovely, her dazzling descriptions combined with the futuristic setting was an absolute delight, even when reading about the most bizarre settings, I found I could still paint an image of the scene in my head.

The characters play a major role in this novel, they drive the never-ending drama, scandal and betrayal. Normally, I despise petty teenage drama, but somehow this book ended up really working for me. I enjoyed the characters within the book, they each had their own severely problematic lives that they all desperately wanted to mend. The more I read on, the more convoluted everyones situations seemed. There are complicated friendships laced with lies and secrets and the book is filled to the brim with drama, I just found it so interesting!

I adore travel myself, as I love exploring different cities and cultures to my own. Travel played a part in this novel, which was pleasantly surprising! Majority of the characters had travelled to far away exotic countries and they talked about their travels and the numerous adventures on which they embarked. There is also a part in the novel where two characters travel to Paris via an underwater train, it was delightful exploring other cities in this amazing world!

Lastly, I must mention that this book is diverse, woohoo! There is a black main character, and Iranian main character and a bisexual main character. I’d also like to point out that there isn’t a strong parental presence throughout the book, there were rarely any scenes where the parents were involved, at times it felt as if some characters parents were non-existent! Also there are seldom scenes set at school, most of the book plays out outside of the school setting, and if you’re like me you don’t really like books that are heavy on the school setting, so I enjoyed that.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Thousandth Floor, a lot more than I was expecting to! And I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel when it’s finally released! You will love this book if you like futuristic settings, multiple POV’s, rich teenagers living luxury lives that throw lavish parties and LOTS of drama, secrets and scandal. But be mindful that you may NOT like this book if you dislike anything to do with drugs, alcohol or incest as they play a primary part in the novel.




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