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cool concept. The story starts from the point of ...
30 September 2016
The Thousandth Floor is supposed to be a futuristic version of Gossip Girl, which is a crazy, cool concept. The story starts from the point of view of a girl falling to her death from the top of the tower - which is two and a half miles high. We aren't told who it is that has fallen or why they jumped. The story then backtracks two months back from the day she died. The book is set in a tower which now houses the whole of New York. The higher in the tower you are the richer you are, with the richest people on the Thousandth floor. The lower levels are poorer and because of that have less flashy technology. Katherine has definitely come up with some cool tech concepts including hover crafts, simulated fabrics, simulated plants, contacts that are used as mobiles/computers and even computers being inserted directly into someones brain. She seemlessly introduces these products to us and I can picture them being used. I even enjoyed the one time they malfunctioned for Watt, it made the whole concept of this kind of technology seem real.
The story itself is told from five different point of views:
Avery - My favourite, the warmest character, the girl who is mentioned in the blurb. Avery was a designer baby. Her parents hired a geneticist to go through there combined DNA to create the perfect child. As a result Avery is the perfect human and is often described that way (which she hates). To an outsider it seems Avery has everything; good looks, charm, money, status... However, Avery has a secret and it involves the one thing she can never have.
Leda - My least favourite character. Leda originally came from the lower floors then her parents moved up in life and she moved to the higher level floors. We meet Leda as she is returning home from a recent stint at rehab due to a drug overdose that she is determined that no one finds out about especially her best friend Avery. All is going well until the person who caused Leda's downward spiral returns and sets her world spinning in the wrong direction.
Eris- Avery's oldest friend who comes from old money. Early on she is shown as an airhead, very conceited and is obviously not interested in the goings on in the world if it does not involve a party, clothes or a boy. After a scandal, Eris is sent to live on the lower floors. She doesn't want to tell anyone that she has moved to the lower levels but what will she do if her secret comes out?
Rylin - Completely removed from the first three characters is Rylin. Rylin is from the lower floors. She has never even heard of these people. She doesn't even attend high school anymore. After her mum died she dropped out of school to work and support her sister. Until she gets a call from Cord - one of the elite - asking if she'd help out as a maid at one of his parties. Rylin's world turns upside down as she pushed into a world of luxury. But can she really escape her own life that easily?
Watt - the token male. Watt is a genius teenager with his sites set on getting into MIT. Watt is from the lower-ish levels though not as low as Rylin. Sidelining as a hacker, Watt is brought into this world when one of the girls hires him under his code name Nadia. But Watt bit off more than he could chew when he entered this world.
The story follows these five POV and switches well between the 5. Multiple POV stories don't always work out for me; I always end up picking a favourite character and look forward to the next time they are telling the story and I'd end up speed reading other point of views. However I found myself invested in all five and although I had a favourite, I was still equally interested in my least favourite character's story lines. I recommend this book if you like intrigue, back stabbing, technology and a bit of friendly rivalry (but you know, not friendly)
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