Rating – 3.33 out of 5
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee centers around teens in the highest reaches of society. Manhattan in 2118 has become the largest building in the world and at the top lives Avery Fuller and her friends. The glamour and riches though are not all they are cracked up to be and secrets often rule the day. With someone literally falling from such great heights by the end, who will survive this world glamorous world of secrets and money and who will fall to their demise?
“Every gesture, every I love you; all of it was tinted by the great ugly lie underpinning her life.”
-Katharine McGee, The Thousandth Floor
Why I liked The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee had so much promise. I love the cover and the aesthetic of rich teens. Palace intrigue and deadly secrets are all things that make me pick up a book and beg for more. In this book, though the secrets felt too small and misunderstanding so easily solved that I lost interest. The one thing that did keep my interest was the tech. The tech in The Thousandth Floor was interesting when it came to the genetic manipulation. I want to explore the way that Avery in particular is effected by the manipulation. It seemed surface level for everyone to just be focused on “OH SHE’S PRETTY!”
I would liken the climax to that of the one in Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, in fact, there are many similarities between the scenes. But when it came to complex emotional reveals, The Thousandth Floor was lacking. While some of the topic handled are big ones (love, addiction, mental health, loss) none of that came out in the final scene. Instead these were talked about quietly throughout the book, and as what felt to me, as plot points rather than exploring the issues. I guess I just expected more.
P.S. As much as I love a good series that I can write multiple blog posts about, I’m not sure that I will be reading the next book(The Dazzling Heights) … If you think I should anyone, leave me a comment about how I’m totally wrong about all of this!
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