REVIEW: THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR

 

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Publisher: Harper Collins

 

Date Published: 30th August 2016

 

Pages: 448

 

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SYNOPSIS:

 

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. Everyone there 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 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….

 

WRITING STYLE:

 

This book is told in first person from the perspective for five different teenagers living in the tower. A particular element of the writing style that I enjoyed was that as we got to know the characters and the complications of their own lives the plots tie into each other and we get to see each character from their own perspective and the points of view of other characters.

 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

 

I think a particular element of this book that was done very well was the character development. It is very easy to judge a person on their appearance to the outside world without knowing what is going on in their personal lives.

Each of the five characters slowly and methodically had all their dirty little secrets revealed to the reader and the lengths each person will go to so that they can keep their secrets.

 

THEMES: 

 

Friendship: Friendship is a major theme within this novel. The major twists and turns of this book see friendships being created and going sour and examine what it is to be a friend in this society.

Wealth: It is hard to read a book that is dubbed as “Gossip Girl” for a new age without commenting on the theme of wealth. There is a serious segregation of individuals based on wealth. The further down the tower you are the less wealthy you are. This is displayed very well when one of the high flyer characters ends up on a lower floor and the differences this character faces. (Trying to avoid spoilers here).

Secrets: The last theme I am going to talk about is secrets. This is where you can definitely see the “Pretty Little Liars”esque concept. Secrets and blackmail are extremely prominent in this book and you are gripping your seats waiting to see the outcome of all theses secrets and which ones will come to light.

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS: 

 

I listened to The Thousandth Floor on audiobook via Audible and really enjoyed listening to this story. This book was sold as being Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars and I think this is just the perfect description for this book. The beginning of the book is a girl falling from the roof of the thousand floor tower and the rest of this book examines the lives of these characters as you try to unravel who exactly is the one who fell and how she ended up falling.

 

I found myself theorising on different reasons why each and every character could have been the one to fall from the tower. Another thing I really liked was how the author incorporated modern technology with a slight twist. Some futuristic books have technology that I absolutely have no idea what it would be like. But this author has made technology that is extremely realistic.

 

I could keep going, but lets just say…

 

If you like mystery, futuristic fiction, awesome new-age technology, romance, rumours, secrets, and revenge then definitely give this one a try. I guarantee this is definitely Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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