Expected publication: August 30th 2016 by HarperCollins
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. . . .
(Neither of which I especially enjoy - sorry, guys!)
While there are definitely similarities to both, The Thousandth Floor is in in a class of its own. Because author Katharine McGee introduces us to a case of five characters, intermixing drama, salacious scandal, classism and future technology, for a book that actually had me pretty riveted from beginning to end.
Though I liked each of Leda, Eris, Rylin, Watt and Avery's stories, I was especially moved by Avery Fuller's. MacGee asks some heady questions on genetically-coded perfection, and how knowledge of that fact has helped define (and screw up) large segments of her life. It's a very overt reminder that what is perfect on the outside may not be perfect on the inside, something any reader can likely relate to.
Outside of the drama of the characters, MacGee also does a wonderful job of creating a future that's viable and believable. It's evident that considerable thought has been put into this seeming utopia, and it's the type of future that will send the readers' imaginations racing.
To my surprise - and honestly, my delight - I was proven wrong. Katharine McGee has written an addictive novel about scandal, relationships and classism. Even set a hundred+ years in the future, the struggles that Leda, Eris, Rylin, Watt and Avery feel are definitely relatable to young readers.
While not every story works, this debut novel is most definitely worth the read. Recommend for anyone who likes a healthy dose of intrigue and drama. Looking forward to the next two books.
About the author:
Katharine McGee is originally from Houston, Texas. She studied French at Princeton and then moved to Manhattan, where she began her publishing career at HarperCollins and later joined the Alloy Entertainment editorial team. After three years of plotting, outlining, and generally having far more fun than anyone ought to at work, she pitched a concept called “skyscraper city,” and knew immediately that it was something she wanted to write. Currently, she is pursuing an MBA at Stanford University. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel.