The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor Series #1)

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor Series #1)

by Katharine McGee

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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.

Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Big Little Lies, 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….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062418616
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Series: Thousandth Floor Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 82,046
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Katharine McGee is from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years living in a second-floor apartment in New York City that she kept daydreaming about skyscrapers . . . and then she started writing. She now lives in Philadelphia. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel and The Dazzling Heights her second.

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The Thousandth Floor 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting. I loved that it was set in the future making it a little more interesting. I loved the descriptions of all the futursitic technologies. In the beginning, the characters lacked any real depth and there was a point that I grew bored. It wasn't until close to the end that I felt the characters were finally given any depth. They beagn to feel real. The ending was extremely disappointing. It kind of ended abruptly with none of the issues that each character had being resolved. But because of the way it ended it seemed to leave room for a possible sequel. If there is no sequel, again, the ending will be a let down to you as it was for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Gossip Girl, you'll love this. It catches your attention from beginning to end
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
I went into The Thousandth Floor with zero expectations and it blew me away! The night that I started it, I only meant to read a couple of chapters but I ended up reading the entire thing that same night. If you can get past the first paragraph and not want to know more, I will definitely be judging your taste. Reading The Thousandth Floor was like reading a futuristic Gossip Girl. It was absolutely fantastic, and it's definitely one of my favorite surprises of the year. The world-building is incredible and well-developed, and best of all, it draws on the universal love of New York City. Besides the awesome world building, I truly enjoyed the overlapping storylines, as well as the mystery and suspense that is fantastically woven into the plot. The characters all come from different backgrounds and yet, they are all inexplicably tied together from the start. This book gave me chills and thrills, and it left me simultaneously flailing and breathless. The Thousandth Floor is at the top of my recommendation list for 2016 debuts, so do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy! You can thank me later. Full review:
Tanith_Argent 1 days ago
This book is straight-up a teen soap opera. I loved it! You have the rich kids who live closest to the thousandth floor of this tower building where everything takes place, and the poor kids who live nearer the bottom. It's science fiction, so there are ingenious inventions sprinkled throughout, whether in the form of transportation or designer drugs. There's relationship drama including love triangles, fake dating, incest (but not really), rich kids dating poor kids, and even a secret love child. It doesn't get any soapier than this. And I want more!
WitchyWriter More than 1 year ago
Man, that opening. What a hook. I thought it was going to be cliche. I thought I was going to have this shining example to hold up to say “Never try to hook your reader with this sort of thing…” And then I read this WHOLE BOOK trying to figure out that hook, because it intrigued me. It worked really well, with this ensemble cast. All you know is that the character it’s speaking about is female. You don’t even know if she’s a major player. All you know is that she’s about to die, and you want to figure out who in the hell she is. I’ll agree, no hesitation, with other comments I’ve heard/read about this book, that the characters can be pretty shallow. I think when you’re dealing with an ensemble cast and your book isn’t anywhere near as long as an A Song of Ice and Fire tome, you’re going to have to delve a little less deep just to cover the main storyline. Did I still care about the characters? Sure. They’re pretty fascinating. It all unfurls in a sort of soap-opera way. A futuristic soap opera all about teenagers. They all have desires and conflicts and different living situations that complicate things. Everyone is a bit overdramatic, though it feels pretty authentically teenager. Throw in all the drugs and alcohol, and I have no hesitation believing it. There are a lot of female protagonists, which was great. Actually my favorite character ended up being the one male protagonist that we get POV chapters from. Watt, and his special friend Nadia, are fascinating to me. I think McGee ended up nailing that circumstance and those interactions so well that Watt/Nadia will be the reason I keep reading these books. The other characters are interesting, but Watt/Nadia were compelling. While avoiding spoilers, I do have to say that the ending wasn’t what I expected, and I really wanted it to go a different way. I can see why it was necessary, sort of. And I’m not complaining that I’ll get to read more of Watt/Nadia since this isn’t a stand-alone book. But I think it ended the way it did because the author really wanted a second book (or maybe her publisher did?) and she needed to set things up in such a way that there was plenty to keep writing about. Except, I could definitely see plenty to keep writing about if things had gone the way I wanted them to, in the end, rather than the ending that was written. Still, that could be the ending that was intended all along, and if so, it isn’t necessarily a bad one. There’s definitely setup for book two, and motivation to keep reading if there are characters in play that you care about. The futuristic elements of the book were handled well, I thought. It’s a different sort of world these teenagers live in, and it adds a lot of interesting and compelling dynamics to the story. I’ll be picking up the sequel, once it’s released.
gorgeousgirly More than 1 year ago
The Kardashians all went back to highschool, had a bunch of incest, then came back. The entire story was a mix of Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars, except with more incest than Toby and Jenna. The futuristic machines were a cool touch, but didn't make up for all the spoiled rich kids making love to their siblings. Well, adopted siblings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up not knowing what I was getting into. All I knew about the book was what was on the inside of the cover, but when I started reading, I couldn't put it down. There never seemed to be a dull moment (to me) and I got invested in the lives of the teens in this 1,000 story building. I read this book in about a week; I wanted to spread it out over a couple days. Next thing I knew, I was half way through the book and I had already decided who I liked and who I didn't. Throughout the book (if you read the prologue and know what is going to happen) it is never clear who is going to fall/get pushed/jump off the roof of the thousandth floor. Honestly, I was obsessed. It got to the point where I was reading it so much that it was all I wanted to talk about. But back to the book, it gets even better towards the end and a bunch of crap goes down. IT WAS JUST SO GOOD! Stuff I never even considered starts to happen, and I got even more invested. At points, I actually found myself mentally rooting for characters and thinking "I know how this is going to end, don't go on the roof!" Despite what other reviews say, I thought the ending was really good, even though my favorite character died. I got really invested in their story/perspective which made the ending even more emotional for me. The Thousandth Floor is easily one of the best books I've read, not just this year, but ever! I would recommend this book to literally anyone. Also, the futuristic/science fiction aspect made the book even better. JUST READ IT!
Spuncky More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, easy, entertaining read
sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
This was like Pretty Little Liars meets Gossip Girl. I really loved Pretty little Liars so its no surprise that I enjoyed this book very much. I will be diving right into the second installment in this series. I really hated Leda she was such a control freak, cunning, and very manipulative. The incest did not really bother me, and frankly I did not really consider it incest being Avery and Atlas where not related by blood. Eris was my favorite character so you can imagine how the ending effected me. Eris seemed, to me, the most real character. She had her flaws like all the other characters but I felt she had the biggest heart. I give this book 41/2 stars
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
I loved the setting of this book. The tower was a beyond cool idea. But the characters...good lord. I couldn't have cared less about them. There was a bunch of hype surrounding this book and it ultimately just fell flat for me. See more reviews at my blog!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly dull and makes teenagers seem like self absorbed brats. Or maybe they are and I'm just too old for this. I think they are capable of deeper thought than this though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was engaging and exciting from start to finish. It was a thrill to read and i would highly recommend it.
Kinickimac More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly so good. Whenever I hear of books being YA, I set my bar low. This one is written so well for being YA and the story lines are inventive. I'm super impressed and eager to see what else the author can write!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it so much it left me speachless with alot to say. It is full of romance friendship revenge backstabing amd so much more, i really do recamend it you will not regret reading it
COBauer More than 1 year ago
THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGee is a suspenseful, totally gripping, and surprisingly enjoyable read. Imagine NYC 100 years in the future, mostly located within a 1,000-story tower. The book begins with a mysterious death—someone has fallen from the top floor. From the very first page it felt like I had to race to the finish line.The structure of this story is fantastic—beginning with a mystery made it nearly impossible to put down. I was desperate to figure out who had died and how everything had escalated to that point. We follow 5 separate narratives, all expertly woven together. The multiple narrators took a little getting used to, but once you adjust it was quite an effective tool for pushing the story forward, as well as leaving the reader in quite a bit of suspense. Plus we were shown a variety of different life experiences in the tower (particularly class politics). The finale was spectacularly satisfying, and the author still managed to leave readers with an incredible cliffhanger. I will absolutely pick up the next book in this series. Highly recommend! Note: I received a FREE ARC (advanced reader copy) from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
The lives of rich teenagers in the future – perhaps, will still be the same drama that it is now. Well, mostly. The Thousandth Floor takes the rich-poor divide and casts it onto a future world where sprawling towers containing entire cities in them are built worldwide. The first such Tower was built in NYC and that’s where this story takes place. The second generation Tower residents – our protags – have never known a life outside the Tower. They have lived there all their lives and it is their home/city – why would they ever want to go anywhere else except for vacations. The lives in the Tower are dictated by the floor you live on – the higher you are, the wealthier/more influential you are. Makes you think what they think of the people who DON’T live in the Tower but the areas surrounding it. I won’t go into the drama of the teens because, frankly their plots intertwine a lot, and this review would go on forever. What I will go into is how the world of the Tower reflects our own, but with a greater, literal and visible divide between the haves and have-nots. There is an issue of perhaps the same kind of attitude like now, which I felt was a bit unrealistic for the next century. The author, however, paints a very realistic picture of what the future may look like – the technological advancements and the ease of life depicted involves a great degree of imagination, yes, but also seems quite plausible. And the best fact was that it wasn’t bombarded onto the reader, even though plenty of them were mentioned, but subtly written onto backgrounds and the attitudes of the people. There is also the grim consequences woven into the subtext, of a world where humans have advanced but also sort of destroyed the Earth. Good news is, there is still SOME petroleum left. Since this is mostly a character-driven story than a world-driven one, it also means that story could have happened in the current world too. There are some things, yes, that needed the world of the Tower, but most events were generalized. The quantum computer, for example, is just an extension of Her. Then there is the Tower hierarchy, which is basically the suburb versus city thing. But I must mention, I loved how the characters were fleshed out. They were real teenagers, with mostly the same issues as current ones – failed loves, rejection, parent issues, and more. The story is certainly enjoyable, but the slow pace throughout the book and the five POVs (which give a wholesome storyline, sure, but dang if I didn’t forget what was happening the last time they got the voice) kind of dragged the plot. In summary, it is definitely an interesting read and a well-written one, but I wasn’t awed.
arelireads More than 1 year ago
The Thousandth Floor is a novel wherein Pretty Little Liars meets Gossip Girls…in a deeper sense. When I started reading The Thousandth Floor, I admit I thought it was just another YA science fiction and dystopian novel. But of course, I was wrong. From the middle part up to the last part of this novel, I couldn’t stop reading it. It just kept getting better and better; more lies were made; more revelations were exposed; unexpected things happened. At first, the characters seemed like really different from one another, considering the fact that they are from different floors and social status. But then when I read further into the novel, I realized that they are so much alike: liars, pretentious and coward people. They are so annoying and yet it’s also hard not to love some of the characters (by that, I mean Watt and Cord and Eris) because of their inner beauty and wit and aura. McGee introduced, presented, and developed the characters really well. There will be a point wherein you will realize that, “That’s why that character was so strange… or acted like that.” What I like about this novel is that it always has surprises. I was surprised by the characters (in so many ways, I can’t even….!!!!). I was surprised by the setting. Honestly, the way the Tower was described made me wish that it was a real place that I could go to in New York. Plus, it’s New York! Who doesn’t love New York?! I was also surprised with everything that happened. Everything happened so fast. I was so enthralled to it that I didn’t even flinch to say, “Wait. What?” I just kept on reading from one page to the next, from one chapter to the next. I love how fast-paced it is, but still it is so riveting! But most of all, I was surprised on how everything in this novel seems to reflect today’s reality. As what I have said in Goodreads, the social relevance of this book is like no other. It is not your typical dystopian story wherein people are divided into different categories and that’s what sets people apart. The Thousandth Floor is so much more than that. It is not only about people being set apart. It is not only about high people versus low people. It is also about how both the high and the low people also have lots in common. This is where you will realize that not all those in the higher status are always happy and living a perfect life; and not all those in the lower status are always miserable and problematic. Katharine McGee perfectly illustrated the importance of equality, family, friends, dignity and character. The Thousandth Floor is a poignant and socially relative story that deals with the world’s reality today. **I received an e-ARC via Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinion about the book.**
PaulAllard More than 1 year ago
Futuristic YA novel aimed at female readership I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The premise is that a thousandth-floor Tower has been built, in this case in New York, in which all our characters interact: the richer families live higher up, the poor down below. There are five main protagonists, four of whom are girls (thus the female readership is targeted). Each of them has their own set of problems. Secrets are kept and eventually come out with tragic consequences My problem with this book is that it is basically a novel about teenage problems but set in a futuristic sci-fi setting which is, to a large extent, irrelevant. Where contact lenses and earpieces replace tablets and mobile phones, the five main protagonists still interact as if this is five hundred years earlier: they face relationship problems, unrequited love, jealousy, envy, lust, sex, drugs, alcohol, family split-ups etc.. as it is was the 21st century. Admittedly I am not a reader of YA female fiction so this may go down really well.