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.
If I had to describe The Thousandth Floor, it would be Kidulthood meets Gossip Girl meets The 100 meets Pretty Little Liars. It has the sci-fi futuristic feel, the young adults getting involved in illegal substances and such and also the whole classe system thrown in there. I really enjoyed this mix of things, and I will go right ahead right now and say that this book is quite possibly one of the most original and memorable books I've read in quite a while. It may not be one of the best but it was still great and I am super excited that it's being optioned for a TV series.
Firstly, lemme give a shout out to brilliant world building - whilst some of the science didn't add up (the building is like miles high, but the teens can hang out on the roof without getting altitude sickness/any other effects of the height), and yes some of the descriptions of parts of the tower were hard to envision - I still really enjoyed the way that rather than give us any kind of infodump we just get the world as it happens. We are in the tower and we just need to adapt to it.
The start of this book was perfect. From the first page we know that someone is going to die, the next 400+ pages had me asking who exactly that someone was, and in what circumstances?
I also can't give enough love to all of these intertwining stories that start out separate and then begin to wind around each other until the climax of the book which was absolutely brilliant. My fave characters were Avery, Watt and Eris, but all of them were completely unique and really enjoyable to read about.
The only thing I didn't completely love was the pacing of the book - there were some parts which were really addictive but at times the pace dropped a little and I had to keep pushing myself into it.
Overall, The Thousandth Floor was a super enjoyable read which took teen drama into the 22nd century. I can't wait for the TV show and I totally cannot wait for the sequel.
Overall Rating: A-
Book released August 30th by HarperCollins
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review