I, like many other teenage girls are attracted to shiny things. So when I was casually browsing my local bookstore, the glitzy cover of The Thousandth Floor caught my attention, it was sleek and simple and yet so captivating. Hence I decided to take it home with me and it was rather enjoyable.
In retrospect, The Thousandth Floor (TTF for short) is a story surrounding five main teenage characters in the year 2118. These young Manhattan elites live their lives in the thousand floored tower where the rich lives in the sky and the poor down in the dirt. We follow them as they discover secrets between one another which would lead to a ghastly death, someone would fall from the thousandth floor.
This book screams out Gossip Girl to me, all the high school feuds, over the top parties, and love triangles feel all too familiar. To be honest, I don’t mind it, having finished all six seasons of the show this particular book just gave me a sense of nostalgia. Though they follow the same storyline I like how McGee sprinkled sci-fi elements with state-of-the-art 22nd-century tech.There are a few things that I like and dislike in this novel and so here are reasons why you should maybe check out TTF :
Be an insider once again
Gossip Girl has always had the allure of giving us an insider view on what the fabulous Manhattan elites are up to, and we get to experience it once again through The Thousandth Floor. That is one of the novel’s selling points, it sweeps you off your feet into a whirlwind of glamorous futuristic parties, luxury penthouses, and having the most attractive company to join you along the ride. But without having to keep up with a unanimous gossip site this time..
Take a peek into the future with #richkids
TTF also gives us an insight on what ridiculous things rich kids of the future might spend their money on. Which is always a form of entertainment to me. Phones and tablets are considered archaic as cool kids are into contact lenses that projects the whole web into their peripheral vision. Their way of getting ready in the morning without the fuss of putting on your own makeup because there are bots waiting to get the job done is my personal favorite, another one would be their way of clubbing which is by using individual earpieces so that each of them are dancing along to different songs, and also their way letting loose and getting high is so much more intriguing than the usual marijuana intake hahah.
If you’re in for the drama..
Then this book is perfect for you, friendship feuds and drama is very prevalent in this book although it isn’t overwhelmingly aggravating. There is just enough tea to spill for the readers to be fascinated with the storyline.
Keep in mind that there are rather awkward relationships
I am not one to give away any spoilers so by awkward I meant full on Game of Thrones awkward if you know what I mean..
The writing is also odd at times
There are a few points in the book where McGee seems to rush into the chapters, and it is mostly visible towards the end of the novel where the big reveal is due. I wished she would have taken it slow, but I guess that’s the struggle of telling a tale through five lives and intertwining it into one.
To put it all together, if you are a fan of Gossip Girl or if you’re one for futuristic settings and drama then go and pick this up, if it isn’t your forte then it is sad to say that TTF might not be for you, but it shouldn’t stop you from checking it out, you’ll never know what you like until you try.
Final Rating – ★★★☆☆
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p.s : another dream cast post will follow suit because I love the character diversity in this book.