Back in October I went to the Twin Cities Book Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota. While there, I met a wonderful author, Katharine McGee. She was there promoting her debut novel, The Thousandth Floor. I thought the book sounded interesting and bought it. I talked with Ms. McGee and she was such a lovely person.
The beginning of this book definitely grabs you right away. The year is 2118 and the prologue is describing a girl’s thoughts as she falls off the thousandth floor of a tower. This tower is no ordinary tower, however, it is a bustling and thriving city in a tower. There are apartments as well as stores, malls, bars, dance clubs, parks, and schools. The lower levels of the tower are where the lower class lives, and the higher up you go, the more luxurious and richer the occupants of the tower.
The thing I liked about this dystopian book is that it didn’t show the world in peril and destruction like most books of this genre . It just showed what life might be like for teenagers in a hundred years. The author was very creative in her ideas of what future teenagers will have access to. For example, instead of tablets and smart phones, they wear contacts that send and receive text messages and information from the internet. My favorite was the machine that does your hair and makeup in about five minutes.
There are multiple points of view through out the book. I found myself trying to figure out which one of them was going to be the one that ends up falling off the tower. I was definitely surprised when I found out.
List and Description of Characters from Goodreads
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.