TITLE: The Thousandth Floor

AUTHOR: Katharine McGee

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

PAGES: 437

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins


GENRE(S): Dystopian, Science Fiction

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee - The Contented ReaderNew 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.

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…


This book has been on my radar for quite a while. Fast forward to almost a year later and the sequel is already out. But, I’ve finally read it!

After hearing this book is like Gossip Girl set in the future, I knew I needed to read it. While I was not a big fan of the Gossip Girl books, I really enjoyed the TV show. Needless to say, I looked forward to the comparison.

The Thousandth Floor follows several characters who live in a futuristic New York world. There’s drama, breakups, makeups and crazy antics.

Overall, it is an enjoyable read but nothing overly special. The characters are well written and the writing flows really nicely. I really enjoyed Rylin’s storyline and Watt’s in particular. The beginning of the book provides lots of suspicion and mystery that draws you in to keep reading.

But there are some aspects of the book I didn’t enjoy. First, Avery and Atlas’ storyline is not enjoyable to me. It’s just weird. Second, I definitely think more explanations are needed about the technology of the future. It’s easy to forget or be unsure of how certain pieces of technology work. Third, I was tired of the drug and party storyline. It is expected but a bit overdone. I think it would be better to have one of the characters involved with drugs instead of multiple of them.

The ending definitely leaves me wanting more. I’m curious about the sequel and to see what happens in this world. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys futuristic worlds as well as the style of the Gossip Girl books.

Sometimes love and chaos are the same thing.

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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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