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The Thousandth Floor: Book Review

24921954The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Publisher: HarperCollins



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….



Here’s a book that has presented us an assumption of the future where technology conquers everyday burdens (like each rich individual has ‘contacts’ that serve as an iPhone in a one’s own brain). I’ll give it to the author that if it weren’t for this type of setting then I would’ve fallen asleep the rest of the book.

Apparently, this YA book falls under the Science Fiction section too and I’m not so great with this type of genre. Fortunately, though, the story wasn’t too laden with scientifical terms and such given the circumstance of this story being set in the future. However, I still had those moments where I had a difficulty in trying to picture details pertaining to technology that does not exist at present. But up until now, I couldn’t quite patch together the outlook and interiors of the Tower itself.


We read the story through five different points of view from five diverse characters that each deal with their own inner conflicts. *Spoilers here, look away please*

  • Leda – Given that she is the character who was the most problematic in the story, I still can’t find myself to understand how she could be such a bitch. She is one of those characters who transitioned from a frail character into a revenge-driven person.
  • Watt – The incredulous genius and the person who deserves so much. I mean I am all for team Avery and Watt.
  • Rylin – Her story is my favorite out of among the other points of view.
  • Avery – I don’t know what to think of her. Seriously, I finished the book last Sunday and I am writing this on a Friday morning. I’m not sure if I should be happy for her that she got Atlas, her half adopted brother.
  • Eris – I respect this character a lot because she’s been through so much and due to that, she developed from a rich, spoiled brat into a more sensible person. But why did she leave? Couldn’t Leda just be gone like poof?


If this book only had one perspective then the pacing would match the story line harmoniously but we’re dealing with five perspectives. The story felt rushed especially the ending and I kind of noticed that the narratives of each main character were not balanced. However the story itself was actually not boring. It’s got a kind of thrill that made me absorbed with the book.

Grade: acceptable


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