Hello people of the blogging world. I am really excited to post this review as it is the first negative review I’ve written and I want to see what you guys think. Enjoy 😉
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: August 30th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Page Count: 437 pages
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 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….
“Up here on the roof, so close to the stars, she felt young and alive and hateful.”
This book was such an unpleasant read for me and the more I think about it the more I hate it! First of all, I want to say that I haven’t read any book like this before so I thought I’d give it a try. At least now I know that these types of things aren’t for me. I have to compare The Thousandth Floor to popular examples like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars because they all seem to have the same type of characters and plot. I haven’t read or watched Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars but I know the general idea of both. The only difference between those 2 and The Thousandth Floor is that it is set in the future in the year 2118. Truthfully, the only reason I was able to finish this book was due to the awesome prologue that had a beautiful girl fall from the top of the Tower, I just wanted to know who she was and how it happened.
To avoid any confusion The Thousandth Floor is definitely not dystopian in any way, just because it’s set in the future. It is also a far cry from science fiction, having only a limited number of futuristic devices. If you think about it, it’s basically just about a bunch of idiotic spoiled brats who have nothing to do but gossip and party and hook up with everyone! My definition of EWWWWW! The point is that it left me with this terrible icky feeling that just felt like the opposite of when I finish reading an awesome book.
More about the story:
In the future, most of Manhattan is occupied with this gigantic immense 1000-storey building a.k.a. The Tower. Each floor is a whole tiny city on its own with schools and parks and streets that can inhabit everyone. The upper levels are reserved for the wealthy people called ‘highliers’ and the higher you go the more technology can be found while the lower levels depend on manual work.
The story consists of 5 different perspectives:
Avery-the perfect highlier- who was genetically chosen for perfection and lives on the thousandth floor. She has everything she ever wanted except for one thing….
Leda- a highlier- just got out from rehab for losing control due to her drug usage. She took drugs to make her sharper and in the end they consumed her whole, as she was crushed by a guy running away from her.
Eris-another highlier- is the spoiled girl who loves partying and seducing others. She has a ‘cool’ mom who turned out to have had an affair with someone revealing Eris’s true parentage. Eris and her mom are forced to abandon all the luxuries and expensive clothing and upper floors to live
Watt-the computer genius lowlier- who has an illegal quantum computer installed his brain.
Rylin-a lowlier- who had to quit school and support herself and her sister and is barely managing to pay her rents and has a terrible job.
All of the characters were extremely dull and way too shallow to be likeable. They literally had no problem doing anything they wanted and they didn’t have to face any consequences. I HATED how the author portrays teenagers in the book, because that is exactly how stereotypical teenagers behave and I strongly disagree with that! They were all just a bunch of spoiled rich people with their meaningless, pointless problems. Not even the side characters added any twist to the story.
I hated every single relationship in this book! None of the couples seemed salvageable from their self-centeredness. None of them had any perspective at all! It just made me realize how some relationships can be empty and utterly fake. I couldn’t deal with all their exaggerated dramas and I couldn’t even find anything funny!
The World Building:
The general idea for future New York is dazzling and intriguing but it seemed too bibbidi bobbidi boo. I don’t understand how humanity got to that point and why the Tower was decided to be built. The technological advancements were reasonable and not too far-fetched, they were probably the only semi decent feature in this book. I still don’t see the whole big picture and where humans stand.
“This was all too tangled and screwed up not to end in disaster.”
The first 1% of the book was pretty interesting where everyone just got introduced, the next 95% of the book was complete and utter crap while the last 4% became really really hooking. I felt like for most of the book nothing was happening other than lots of parties and drinking and dates.
Simply, everyone wondered who liked them and who they wanted to date and when they were in a relationship transformed into creepy stalkers. There were also married people having affairs with other married people to add more drama to the over-bearing drama.
There were a lot of mentions about drugs and drinking with the characters taking them or using them illegally and I disliked how they didn’t really affect anyone too much and how it was viewed as something that all teenagers do at that age to forget about their lives.
The ending of the book had me recoiling in disgust and disbelief because truly it was horrible and terrible. I hated even more the fact that, there’s going to be a sequel to The Thousandth Floor with the same stupid shallow characters, I just hope the plot becomes more gripping.
In conclusion, this book was terrible and I don’t ever want to read anything like this ever again!