ARC REVIEW: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Title: The Thousandth Floor

Series: The Thousandth Floor #1

Author: Katharine McGee

Publisher: HarperCollins

Expected Release Date: August 30, 2016

Format: ebook

Number of Pages: 394

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

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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. 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.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….


all he knew was that the girl was the first person to fall from the Tower in its twenty-five years. He didn’t know who she was, or how she’d gotten outside.

He didn’t know whether she’d fallen, or been pushed, or whether—crushed by the weight of unspoken secrets—she’d decided to jump.


My expectations for this book were as high as the thousandth floor. Too sad it did reached only some of those.

This book literally got me like:








Have you ever read a book that you liked at the beginning, dislike at the middle, and love/hate at the end? Because that’s how I exactly felt. I like it, dislike it, love it, hate it, all at once.

Avery – the perfect

Leda – the insecure

Atlas – the mysterious

Eris – the “from riches to rags”

Rylin – the poor kid with dead parents

Cord – the rich kid with dead parents

Watzehn – the genius hacker


The characters are interesting enough with definitely intriguing lives but there are times that you will be just annoyed and be bored. The characters’ lives are really controversial that will make you want to know each of them deeply with their darkest secrets. Some you will love, some you will pity, some you will despise, some you will adore, some you would want to kill, but sometimes what all I can also see are just a bunch of teenagers with utterly complicated lives that has nothing to do except for smoking, partying or taking drugs just to either have fun, waste time, or to forget which isn’t actually good because all the partying can also be sometimes boring in this book since it almost happen too frequent. And they are just hard to feel most of the times. Intriguing, but won’t just stay with you and touch your heart.

The world building is utterly stunning. And that’s the most interesting and admiring thing about this book. It’s the New York at its finest. It’s the New York like we haven’t seen before. It’s the New York far from everyone can imagine. Everything is really impressive and truly amazing but not enough to drag me into it. It actually felt like I am just a curious neighbor sticking her nose under the lives of people around her. I didn’t felt myself inside the world.

The ending is really mind blowing! It is actually one of my favorites! That’s the best pat of this book and the reason I will still read the next book. It drives me insane. I love and hate it at the same time. It’s exactly the ending I was expecting. It even affected me more than I thought it could. You will be blown away by the ending and you will beg for the sequel immediately. I want to give this book a round of applause for the utterly mind blowing experience.


Despite the characters’ controversial lives, the truly impressive world-building, and the mind blowing ending, most of the time, everything felt flat. I can recall so many moments where I was so CLOSED to being excited or attached to this book but there’s always something that holds me back. My mind is saying that I should feel curious, excited, giddy, but I just can’t feel anything. Maybe sometimes yes, I can feel a little bit of curiosity or excitement but most of the time, I felt nothing at all. Well, except for the prologue and ending where I felt everything all at once.

Reading a book, the connection between the reader, the characters and the setting is one of the most important things to me. And that’s the worst The Thousandth Floor failed to gave me.

The only thing that held me still and made me finish this book is the curiosity on WHO FELL, HOW DID SHE FELL and WHO/WHAT MADE WHO FELL from the Thousandth Floor. And the ending didn’t disappoint me, it even gave me more than what I imagined, so I’m glad that I held still. Everything is unpredictable, everyone has a secret to keep, everyone has something to protect, and everyone has something to figure out on the next book. All the moments of confusion and irritation where I was so close to giving up and dnf-ing this book were worth it and I will still definitely give this duology a chance.


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Quotable Quotes:

He didn’t know what it was like, wanting something you could never have; how impossible it was to un-want it once you’d let the feeling in.

“Do you ever feel like people think they know you, but they can’t, because they don’t know the most important thing about you?”

“I think it’s best if we end things, before we do any more damage.”

“I promise, if you ever sleep with me, it won’t be because of ‘all this’”—he repeated her words, holding out both hands to indicate the restaurant, Paris, everything—“but because you can’t help yourself. Because of my devastating good looks and crushing wit.”

“Sometimes love and chaos are the same thing,”

“This was all too tangled and screwed up not to end in disaster.”

“It was hope, she realized: a stupid, naive, romantic hope that love could conquer all.”

“Everyone believes in love.”

“I believe in happiness,” Cord said, and there was a look in his eyes that told her he was far away right now, from her, the party, the entire Tower. “I’m just not sure love will actually get you there.”


kffcTbrSKatharine McGee is from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years living in a second-floor apartment in New York City that she kept daydreaming about skyscrapers . . . and then she started writing. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel.

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Disclaimer: Thank you HarperCollins for providing me an advance review copy in exchange of an honest book review via Edelweiss.

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