I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has in now way affected my opinion of the book. The review below consists of my open and honest thoughts.
Synopsis from 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….
My Thoughts on The Thousandth Floor:
I grabbed this book at BEA because it sounded like Gossip Girl. I love GG, both the books and the show. The high society elitist life fascinates me. Having unlimited funds and being able to do whatever you want whenever you want? Yes, please. But I also love seeing how those experiences build characters. Really though, for me, it’s just fun to experience the glitz and the glamour. So I was thrilled to hear about this story of a thousand floor tower with Manhattan’s elite living on the top floors throwing crazy parties, surrounded by drama.
This was not Gossip Girl.
It kind of had the GG feel to it, but it was lacking something. I can’t even quite put my finger on it, but it wasn’t as glamorous or dramatic. Maybe it’s because the kids didn’t seem so cutthroat. That makes me sound like an awful person, but it wasn’t quite as drama-filled as I expected it to be. And I really think this stems from character issues.
There were way too many POVs.
I can handle about two POVs in a book, maybe three. Anymore than that and I am unable to connect to the characters. This book alternated between five different characters. It was just way too much. I couldn’t keep anybody straight. Even by the end. I still didn’t know everyone’s names so it would take me a few seconds into each chapter before I figured out which character we were with. So maybe there was more drama in the book, but perhaps I was too busy figuring out which character was which and didn’t have time to pay attention to said drama.
The romance was interesting.
I will say that this romance was very interesting. It was different than anything I’ve ever read about and I liked the way it developed. It was a definite case of star-crossed lovers and even though I never was completely sure how I felt about the couple, it definitely kept me entertained and intrigued.
It was anticlimactic and kind of boring.
Sigh. I wish that didn’t sound so harsh, but the more I think about this book, the more I realize that it just wasn’t that great. It was kind of boring. You’re reading the whole time waiting for this big horrible event to take place and when it does, you’re just like meh. I didn’t care. It didn’t affect me at all. And then when I realized this wasn’t a standalone? I was even more annoyed. Because now I don’t know what’s going to happen and I want to know, but I really don’t care enough to read the second book. So I guess I’ll never know. Boo.
Have you read this book? Did you find it hard to connect to the characters with the multiple POVs?