“The Thousandth Floor” by Katharine McGee (2016) Review

With drama, science fiction and mystery, Katharine McGee’s debut novel The Thousandth Floor combines modern story-lines and compelling fiction to make it a worthy addition to your bookshelf.

This futuristic young adult novel (though any adult could enjoy it), is set in Manhattan New York 2118. The Thousandth Door follows five characters, Leda, Eris, Rylin, Watt and Avery. Through third person perspective, we follow the ups and downs of adolescence, life in the thousand-story tower and the secrets that each character is desperately trying to hide.

Although it took me awhile to get used to the jumping backwards and forwards between characters, I soon got used to it. The shorter chapters allowed smooth movement between each character and I never felt as though I was bored or wished the chapter would move on. Even if readers did prefer one character over another, it wouldn’t be long before they’d be back with their favourite character.

Every single reviewer in existence seems to be mentioning the Gossip Girl comparisons for The Thousandth Floor. I personally have never watched the show but from what I’ve heard I can understand the comparisons. Saying this, I want to make it clear that you don’t have to be a fan of shows like Gossip Girl to enjoy this book. I really hope prospective readers aren’t put off by these presumptions.

If I had to sum up The Thousandth Floor in key words I’d say it involved drugs, parties, romance, yoga, smoothies, relationships, scandal, lies and pretty much all the typical chaos of being young. Regardless of these key words, gizmos and gadgets also come to mind and ended up being some of my favourite aspects of the world building in The Thousandth Floor. Technology in the year 2118 is accommodating and somewhat not too far-fetched concept-wise. Depending on your position in society or more specifically where you live in the Tower (the higher you are, the wealthier you are), the more access you have to futuristic technology.

A few plot holes in regard to the lack of information about the Tower’s creation, why it was made, how the wealthy became wealthy sprung to mind throughout the book but they didn’t constantly budge or distract me from my reading.

The ending to The Thousandth Floor was brilliant and perfectly tied all five main characters together in both a thrilling and terrifying way. The prologue does inform us of the dramatic event that happens at the end of the book but it does not let us know who it is.

Originally I wondered how the story could continue on into another book but after reaching the end I can’t wait for the next book to be in my hands. With so many possibilities, I can only wonder where McGee will take us next.

4/5

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