Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee
Info: HarperCollins, copyright 2016, 448 pages

New York City as you've never seen it before.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky.  A glittering vision of future where anything is possible-if you want it enough.

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.

Rylan Myer'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.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world.  But when you're this high up, there's nowhere to go but down...

~Goodreads Description

This was not my kind of book.  If I had actually read the blurb on the back or any reviews - at all - (especially those that compared it to Gossip Girl), I might have figured that out before starting, but I got sucked in by a pretty cover.  It has happened before, and I'm sure it will happen again.  There are A LOT of pretty covers out there.

It's a futuristic New York where the entire city is a tower.  Decent premise.  The higher up in the tower you live, the more affluent your life.  Okay.  Enter high school teens with too much money, too much time on their hands, no parental supervision and...two step siblings in love with each other.

I'm out!  In my humble opinion, incest (even step-incest) is NEVER an appropriate plot line.  Ever.  It's icky.  SO icky.  (The only argument that could possibly sway me is when grown adult become "step-siblings" because their parents fall in love, but only after the grown adults have already been together.  That is sometimes okay.)  It's just so weird.  And icky!

There is also the comparison that can be made to the recent Ben Wheatley film, High Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston.  The movie was crazy.  I only understood a smidgen of what was actually going on, and it kind of freaked me out to be honest.  It had a very similar premise.  There is a tower.  Everyone wants to live in the tower.  There is a hierarchy in the tower by floor.  No one is really happy.  And chaos ensues. (In the case of High Rise, chaos includes murder, adultery, really disturbing parties, no trash service, and the death of innocent animals.)  Here's the thing.  You don't have to live in the tower.  If you're unhappy, leave the tower.  McGee alludes to places outside of the tower to live in The Thousandth Floor.  New York City isn't the last city standing.

This type of "realistic" fiction just isn't for me.  The tower concept was cool (kind of made me think of The Jetson's Movie with public transportation and a mall in the same "building" where people live), and the writing itself was decent, but I just didn't care about any of the characters or their problems.  Or the incest.  Icky.

I don't think I'll be continuing on in the series, but I know there is an audience for this book.  There are countless teen readers who enjoy lots of drama, the rich and the famous, and tons of romance.  Those are the teens that would love this recommendation.

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