Review: The Thousandth Floor
Series: The Thousandth Floor #1
Released by HarperCollins on 30 August 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
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.
A couple of weeks ago, I had a job interview. It went well, if I may say so, but they ended up not hiring me. To cheer myself up, I decided to go to my local bookstore, where I bought The Thousandth Floor. I had heard about it briefly on the internet and had seen pictures of that gorgeous cover, so I decided to just bring it with me. The fact that it took place a hundred years in the future was probably what got me so intrigued.
The Thousandth Floor tells the story of a couple of inhabitants of a gigantic tower built in New York City. We follow Leda, Avery, Eris, Rylin and Watt as they tell their story of what happened before that fateful night when a girl fell, jumped or got pushed off the thousandth floor.
Honestly, I hadn’t expected this story to be a Gossip Girl type story but set in the future. The synopsis didn’t really make me think that, and neither did the categories on Goodreads. It’s not usually a book I would have picked up, but I guess the promise of futuristic gadgets and an immense thousand-floor tower that got me interested in this book. It was rather interesting, but this story could have just taken place in present-day, or even the past and nothing would have changed at all.
I can’t really say I liked any of the characters that much because most of them seemed like those girls in high school that I would have avoided at all costs. Perhaps Rylin and Watt were a bit more likeable, but still, I couldn’t get myself to like them that much. I did enjoy how the author added both rich characters and characters who lived below ‘the hundredth floor’ which is similar to the slumps.
There was a lot of drama going on in this book, obviously, and a lot of relationships happening and breaking as well. I liked Rylin’s relationship and Eris’ but the others weren’t really my thing. View Spoiler »The big thing that I absolutely hated about this story, which is also a huge reason for me not rating this book higher is the incest. Avery is in love with her brother Atlas, and he loves her back too; and yes I fully understand that they are not related by blood – Atlas was adopted and technically they aren’t really doing anything gross but still. It was just gross and I really did not enjoy that part of the story at all « Hide Spoiler
The prologue of the book was what really pulled me in, and I found it a bit of a shame that I had to go through almost 400 pages of chick-lit worthy story-telling before we finally found out what happened on the top of the tower. It was a bit of a plot-twist, as I had been contemplating throughout the book who the girl was and why she had gone over, but I honestly had not expected the thing that happened.
I heard there was going to be a sequel, but honestly, I am not 100% sure if I’m going to pick it up. If you love Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars and you love science fiction, you should definitely pick up The Thousandth Floor.
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