ARC Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

ThousandthFloorThe Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Published by HarperCollins on August 30, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 448 Format: ARC Source: BEA

3.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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….

I acquired this ARC from the publisher at Book Expo America. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Promoted as a mix between Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars with a Sci Fi twist, The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee holds plenty of promise. It’s the be all, end all to live in futuristic NYC’s The Tower, but not every resident lives a life of luxury. With multiple view points, McGee explores glitz and glamour and the dark secrets that lay beneath the surface.


  • This book starts out with a bang! Or was it a boom? Maybe a kersplat. What’s the sound a body makes when it hits the ground from an extreme height?
  • I really enjoyed Eris, Rylin, and Watt’s perspectives. I liked the outsider looking in and seeing the tower not just from the perspective of the privileged.
  • I also really liked how all of the characters were connected and brought together. It felt authentic.
  • For sure, all of the Science Fiction aspects! It was cool to see how someone imagined a futuristic New York. From trains that can take you to Paris in a few hours and a skyscraper with parks and entire streets inside its floors, it was all pretty inventive.


  • While the beginning pulls the reader in, the story immediately begins to drag.
  • Introducing so many characters and an entire world makes for a lot of set up. It’s probably too much of an info dump.
  • The storytelling was smooth but I could feel each piece of the puzzle being put into place. It didn’t blend in.
  • I was not a fan of Leda whatsoever and the whole dynamic with Atlas really bothered me. Avery rubbed me the wrong way in the beginning but did manage to get better as the story went on.

Overall I enjoyed The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee but I had hoped for more. It provided mystery and excitement but lacked that extra punch to make it truly great. With so much information introduced and multiple characters to keep track of, it was all just a little too much. I’m still interested to see where McGee takes this story next though. If you like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, definitely check this one out!

So are you excited for The Thousandth Floor? Do you enjoy high society stories? What do you think NYC will look like in the future? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!


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