The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee is an impressive debut that I’m excited to see be made into a series.
When I read the prologue, I was immediately hooked. It starts out with a dazzling description of a night scene in 22nd century Manhattan that gets shockingly interrupted when a beautiful, unnamed girl falls to her death from the thousandth floor of a building. The writing truly gave me chills. It then goes back to a month or two beforehand and introduces the five main characters with each chapter shifting perspectives between each person. Normally, I’m wary of this format because it often makes things more confusing for the reader and doesn’t add much to the overall story, but in this case, I was surprised by how well it worked. Each character was so interesting that I frequently found myself thinking how they all deserved their own individual books. I never found myself disliking any particular character since they were all so well-defined and relatable, almost heartbreakingly so in the case of the “villain.”
The concept of the thousand-floor tower was especially fascinating as well because it was used as a physical representation of the social status of each character. The higher the floor, the more wealthy and luxurious the person, and the book follows people from a variety of different floors, which makes it all the more interesting. Unrequited love, secrets, scandal, addiction, heartbreak, and romance are all found in abundance in The Thousandth Floor. There were times when the plot twists were so surprising and unpredictable that I would audibly gasp while I was reading.
Some of the language might be considered strong, so I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone younger than 14, but other than that, I would give this book my complete and total endorsement. The Thousandth Floor is magnificent and glittering from start to finish, and the finale is a heart-pounding climax that you’ll never see coming.