Book ReviewYoung Adult

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Publisher: HarperCollins | Pages: 448

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5)


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. 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 Myer’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.


As soon as I heard about this book last year, I added it to my “to be read” pile. I specifically remember wandering the book store on my birthday last year and bought myself a gorgeous hardcover copy. The cover was beautiful and sleek and I was really excited to read it.

Fast forward to almost a year later and the sequel is already out – I’ve finally read it.

I was really drawn to this book when I heard it was almost like Gossip Girl set in the future. While I wasn’t necessarily a huge fan of the Gossip Girl books (I think in total I only read 3), I really enjoyed the TV show. Needless to say I was looking forward to seeing the comparison.

Overall, I would say it was an alright read, but nothing overly special. The characters were written well and McGee is clearly a very talented author – this is especially noticeable with a debut novel. I really enjoyed Rylin’s storyline as well as Watt’s. I also found the start of the novel to be quite intriguing – beginning with what was to happen at the end of the book provides a lot of suspicion and mystery that certainly kept me drawn to the book.

That being said, there were some aspects of the book that I wasn’t necessarily a huge fan of. First, Avery and Atlas’ storyline was just a little too much for me. Since I am a spoiler free review blog, I won’t discuss details. However, it just was a little weird for me and so it wasn’t an enjoyable aspect. Second, I found myself to be confused sometimes with the technology of the future. When creating a book like this, where so many parts are self-created and imagined in an author’s head, it needs to have some thorough explanation. I found some of the tech to be quickly explained and I often found myself needing to go back and figure out what its real purpose was. Third, I really just found myself getting a bit tired of the drugs and parties that were intertwined into a number of the characters’ storyline. While it is to be expected in a book like this (and in one similar to Gossip Girl) it was just a bit overdone at times. I think it would have been better if one of the characters storyline involved drugs instead of multiple of them.

Despite this, the ending was quite interesting and left me wanting more – which is a really great thing. I was thinking during my read that while I was enjoying it, I probably wouldn’t want to continue. Thanks to McGee’s ending, I certainly will be picking up the sequel in the near future to find out what happens.

I highly recommend this book if you want a futuristic version of Gossip Girl that is a pretty quick read!

Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5)

Favourite Quote: “Sometimes love and chaos are the same thing.”

About the Author:

Katharine McGee is originally from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton University and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years in New York, working as an editor by day and writing by night, that she began a manuscript about life in a futuristic skyscraper. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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