In just a little over two weeks — August 30th, to be precise — Katharine McGee’s debut novel THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR hits shelves. I recently received an e-arc of the novel on NetGalley, and honestly don’t think I can praise it enough. I absolutely flew through the book in two or three sittings. Rather than writing a review of the book, though, I’ve decided to make it the first instalment in a new thing I’m trying (well, I done it last year as a one-off for Vengeance Road, but shhh, I’m making it a new regular thing from here on…); Why You Should Read, where I’ll give you a quick run down of my favourite aspects of the novel and why I think that you should read it because of them.
Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.
A thousand-storey tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.
A hundred years in the future, New York’s elite of the super-tower lie, backstab and betray each other to find their place at the top of the world. Everyone wants something… and everyone has something to lose.
As the privileged inhabitants of the upper floors recklessly navigate the successes and pitfalls of the luxury life, forbidden desires are indulged and carefree lives teeter on the brink of catastrophe. Whilst lower-floor workers are tempted by a world – and unexpected romance – dangling just out of reach. And 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.
So when a young woman falls from the top of the supertower, her death is the culmination of a scandal that has ensnared the top-floor elite and bottom-floor. But who plummeted from the roof? And what dark secrets led to her fall?
Friends will be betrayed and enemies forged as promises are broken. When you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…
Doesn’t that sound great? Well, if it’s not enough to entice you to go pre-order this book, to go pre-order it right now, then keep reading my list of reasons Why You Should Read THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR…
I know, I know… Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. That’s all well and true and all fine, but… Come on, the cover for The Thousandth Floor is spectacular, and if I could, I’d have it as a poster on my wall.
The plot of this book was fantastic. Something I really, really loved was that it wasn’t a sci-fi book, and it wasn’t a dystopian book. For me, it was like a contemporary book set in the future. It had elements of sci-fi, but I never felt overwhelmed by fancy futuristic devices or the like. It focusses on the lives of a group of teenagers in the future, and they go through experiences relevant (and some vastly unrelevant) to the modern teenager. The prologue which opens the book presents a question to the reader, and forces them to consider it through every twist and turn of the narrative, seeing if you can follow the clues — and avoid the red herrings! — and figure out what the answer is by the end! (I couldn’t figure it out, if you were wondering!) There are scandals and parties and all sorts of other goodness, really one of the best plots I’ve read in years!
There are five predominant viewpoint characters in The Thousandth Floor, and above everything else, they were what really the best part of the book. Every one of them had their own unique twist to the story, their differing viewpoints and opinions driving the story towards its ultimate climax. Like I said before, the story takes place a hundred years in the future, but the characters really ground the novel in reality and make it relatable to today’s world. These kids aren’t running around with laser guns, they aren’t fighting against evil dystopian governments… they’re just kids living teenage lives that just so happen to exist within the worlds tallest tower in the year 2118. Prejudices exist within the tower, just like prejudices exist in today’s world. They have jobs, and family problems, and just about everything that teenagers today have.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with so much diversity in it than this one, and it’s probably one of the most well crafted cast of diverse characters. None of them feel like they’ve been included as the token diverse character. It’s very important, especially in today’s world, to see representation in books, and while I often see authors trying to include diversity, it sometimes feels like diverse characters are only included to fit a quota, or authors rely on stereotypes, but this book integrates diverse characters so well. I don’t want to list every diverse aspect in this book, but I don’t want to single any out because they are all equally as important. Just go into this book knowing that you won’t be disappointed if you are looking for diversity within the cast of characters.
The setting of The Thousandth Floor is one of the selling points; the title gives that much away. McGee has created such a vivid setting in the Tower, and has crafted it in such a visual way, that it feels incredibly realistic. The different levels of the Tower all feel very unique, and it’s very easy to imagine that I could actually be there with the characters as their drama unfolds. It wasn’t until towards the end that I really started to think about the full scale of the Tower. I knew that it was a thousand floors high, of course, but there was a mention of how far across Manhattan that it spans land-wise, and when you read that, it becomes even more epic in scale. The Tower is probably one of my favourite settings I’ve read in a book, and one that even now I’m still thinking about. It’s surprisingly unique and wildly interesting to consider the under-the-surface politics and prejudices within the Tower which don’t outwardly influence the main plot of the story, but which surround it regardless.
What People Are Saying About It
- “Twenty-second century Gossip Girl-like fun. Sexy and engrossing!” Melissa de la Cruz, no. 1 New York Times bestselling author
- “An unparalleled mash-up of romance, mystery, and science fiction unlike anything I’ve read before. Katharine McGee gives the speculative fiction genre a much-needed make-over with a novel that’s as glamorous as it is fiercely intelligent.” Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of THE 100
- “Compelling and imaginative – I loved everything from the fascinating vision of the future to the scandalous lives of the characters.” Amy Tintera, author of RUINED
Pre-order it HERE (Book Depository)
or HERE (Amazon US)
As far as I’m aware, THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR is the first book in a series. I don’t know if it’s a duology, or a trilogy, Since posting, I’ve been informed that this book is the first book in an expected trilogy, and I cannot wait for the sequel to appear! In saying that, I actually thought that THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR was a standalone. The ending leaves a lot open, but over the course of the story, all of the loose ends were tied up in a very satisfying way. I can’t wait to see what the sequel has in store, if it’s even half as good as the first book, we’re going to be in for a treat!
Be sure to follow me on twitter @_michaelburns, where I’ll more than likely be talking about this book in the lead up to its release and you can ask me any questions about the novel that you want! And, of course, follow the author @katharinemcgee and let her know how excited you are!