Set 100 years in the future, The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee takes place in New York. Gone is the New York we know, and in its place is a tower with anything you could imagine—parks, restaurants, houses. But life isn’t as great as you would think. Inside the tower, five vastly different teens are trying to navigate a world where the higher you are, the farther you fall.
This dystopian novel has it all: romance, money, secrets, lies. The drama is Gossip Girl worthy, and no character is without it. The book follows five characters—Leda Cole, Eris Dodd-Radson, Rylin Myers, Watt Bakradi and Avery Fuller—who are all of different social and economic standing and show what life is like for the have and have nots.
Leda Cole is a secretly troubled girl. She feels like she lives in the shadow of her best friend, Avery, is in love with a boy she can’t have and is addicted to a performance-enhancing drug that keeps her sharp and at her best. But even the best fall down.
Eris Dodd-Radson is aptly named after the goddess of chaos. Care-free and fun, Eris has the world, until one day, she finds out her dad isn’t actually her dad and she is the love child between her mom and an unknown man. Suddenly, she goes from having the perfect life to having nothing.
Rylin Myers lives on one of the lower floors of The Tower. After her mom dies, she struggles to make ends meet in her effort to give her sister the life she deserves. But a romance with a boy in the upper level of The Tower may change her fate.
Watt Bakradi also lives on the lower level of The Tower, but could ruin anyone on the upper-levels with the information he has. Being a tech genius, he can hack into anyone’s life and instantly know everything about them. But he soon finds some things are better left unknown.
Finally, Avery Fuller is the queen of the upper-level. She lives in the penthouse, has money to spare, is genetically manufactured to be the prettiest girl alive and is the most popular girl. But looks can be deceiving. Behind that perfect face is a girl who has everything she could ever want but will never have what she really needs.
Emma Moller is a junior majoring in professional writing. She hopes to take her dreams and goals to the big city one day, but for now she can be found sipping on Starbucks, listening to Alternative Rock, and trying to find her aesthetic. Follow her on Twitter, @_emma_moller, and let her know how that aesthetic search is going.