In Puff Daddy’s immortal words in his 90’s masterpiece “It’s All About the Benjamins” featuring the immortal Notorious B.I.G.:

“But still, everything’s real in the field
And what you can’t have now, leave in your will
But don’t knock me for tryin’ to bury
Seven zeros, over in Rio Dijanery”

We’re all trying to be someone, make something and nothing epitomizes the struggle more than the thrilling, futuristic sci-fi, The Thousandth Floor.

From the book flap:

 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. But people never change: everyone here 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 her 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 by 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.

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….

 

Overall:  The Thousandth Floor is a wild roller coaster ride of a novel that slowly builds to a frantic pace that creeps up on you when you least expect it.  In the end, it’ll leave you feeling lost, alone, seeking anyone who will understand your incoherent ramblings about city-sized towers.  But I’m here to help.  I’ve developed The Thousandth Floor Book Hangover Guide to help you through the dark times after finishing the book.

1. Denial and Isolation:  Stop opening and closing the book like additional pages will appear.  Sadly, they won’t.

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2. Anger:  At this stage, you will probably want to put the book back on the shelf and mute yourself Katharine McGee.

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3. Bargaining:  You’ll still want to have your tweets to Katharine McGee muted, but you can go ahead and make any deals you want at this stage, Book #2 is still NOT on Goodreads. (Expecting an announcement ANY MINUTE!)

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4. Depression:  If you haven’t already, start reaching out to all your bookish friends and ask for help.

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5. Acceptance:  Okay.  You’re strong.  You’ll make it to the book #2 announcement and then you can finally move on.

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Judge a Book by its Cover:  It’s been a while since I read this book, so I’ve moved past all the stages above and can safely say that this cover makes me want to dance for joy, regardless of everything this book has put me through.  Would purchase 100/10 if based on cover alone to add to my bookshelf.

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Me Talk Pretty:  First things first, this is a multi-POV book.  If you’re not into that sort of book, this may be a tough book to read because there are FIVE alternating points of view.  The story is structured in such a way that it takes you from vignette to vignette building the ever-growing complexities and tensions between the characters. McGee’s writing style is as vivid and fast-paced as you’d expect.  Below are a few examples of her lovely style.  Mind you, we received an ARC for review, so while these quotes may not be exactly presented in the final copy:

 “She just stood there like a lightning rod as the storm gathered around her, her feet rooted in place, a hand raised to touch her lips in wonder.”

“The words hung there, quietly, ending the world Avery had always lived in.”

“It was like an echo of that time, a little less sharp, a little less thrilling.”

“She was draped in more diamonds than Avery had ever seen on a single person, as if she could make up in carats what she lacked in youth.”

 

Body Count: I am giving nothing away by stating that there is one, so heartbreaking and evil, that you will be left gasping, reaching for wine, throwing the book in anger that you can’t immediately pick up book #2 because you are left at your wit’s end crying at the way things are resolved and simultaneously left open-ended in this novel.  It’s the very reason I developed a system for overcoming this book hangover.

 

The Chosen One:  Avery Fuller may not have been chosen, but she was literally genetically modified with all of her parent’s best DNA to be the most beautiful, intelligent, compassionate human on earth.  To top it off, she lives on the thousandth floor of a thousand story building, which signifies her as the beacon, the wealthiest in the book, the one who EVERYONE looks up to with love or envy.  As annoying as that might sound, Avery is actually one of the most compassionate characters in the novel.

 

Just. Why.  The book is called The Thousandth Floor.  It takes place 100 years from now and is about life inside a thousand story tower.  However, there isn’t much description or development of the tower itself.  The history is never fully developed and it takes until about 1/3 or 1/2 of the way to get even a description of the size and depth and breadth of The Tower.  Even then, the significance of The Tower doesn’t seem to hit home, especially when life seems to go on outside of it.  It’s a minor detail, but it’s something I’d like to read a novella about.

 

He Said/She Said:  I will admit that a book written from five different, and seemingly disparate points of view took me some time to get into it.  When I first started it, I was guilty of putting the book down and then picking it back up a few days later.  However, after about the 2nd or 3rd cycle of characters, I began to clearly see their connections, understood the underlying tension and was hooked into the lives of The Tower’s residents.  In summary, give this book a good 50 pages before giving up.  I PROMISE THERE IS A HUGE PAYOFF.

 

Don’t Believe the Hype: There are other books releasing August 30th that have so much more buzz than The Thousandth Floor, but I’m convinced this is the book that deserves the most buzz–it’s fresh, thrilling, back-stabby, fast-paced–it’s everything you want in an a delicious end-of-summer read!

 

Bizarre Love Triangle:  There are triangles, squares, hexagrams and just people who the entire population of the world seems to want to worship.  Love is a complicated commodity in The Tower.  You never know what will happen next, just like in my mother’s daily novelas.

 

Open tab/Last call:While the art of floating bubble cocktails hasn’t been quite perfected, we’ll have a Carbonated Mojito Sphere waiting for Katherine should she decide to join us at the bar with a manuscript of Book #2.

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GIVEAWAY!  You can win an ARC of The Thousandth Floor + The Tower marketing pamphlet.  Simply follow these rules:

  1. Follow our blog AND
  2. Comment on this post as to why you want to read this book.
  3. US Only–meaning you must have a US mailing address at the time the winner of the contest is announced
  4. Enter by Thursday, September 1st, midnight EST
  5. Winner will be announced on Friday, September 2nd


Also, don’t forget out Crooked Kingdom giveaway is STILL going on through August 30th!

The Thousandth Floor releases on August 30, 2016.  HapperCollins, 448pages.  Pre-order your copy here!

~Carmen

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