Title: The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)
Author: Katherine McGee
The best thing about this book is the world building. McGee does a spectacular job creating a futuristic Manhattan that is believable and easy to picture. That, coupled with great writing, made it easier to fully immerse myself in the story. The plot is also very interesting, drawing the reader in from the prologue, which describes mysterious young woman falling from top of the thousandth floor building.
The most intriguing aspect of the book for me was the spiderweb of lies and secrets connecting all of the main characters. Many people complained that the book is a futuristic version of Gossip Girl and really only appeals to those who “like that sort of thing”. Well, guess what? I like that sort of thing. The book is full of juicy drama, complex characters, and scandalous secrets. I didn’t mind the multiple POVs because each voice was unique and I found all of their storylines interesting. The author does a great job creating a diverse cast of characters and I enjoyed the way their stories all weaved together in some way. I really liked Avery, Rylin,, and even Cord, who is a bit of a secondary character since he doesn’t have a POV, but I could not stand Leda at all (and with good reason). There were quite a few romantic relationships, but there were only two that I was shamelessly shipping.
The end was much better than I could have imagined. Obviously, we learn the identity of the girl falling to her death, but the way the secrets and lies culminated to a climax just before the reveal was amazing. I’m already begging for the sequel.