My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Take Gossip Girl’s colourful cast of characters put them in 2118, our more technologically advanced future, and you’ll get the Thousandth Floor. It’s an immediate delight and allows you to get into each character’s head with switching point of view.
The world building is immersive because the technology is fascinating yet believable. Those familiar with New York City will see familiar sites re-imagined like Central Park. Most of NYC’s residents have made the Tower their home – a thousand floor marvel of engineering that soars miles above the ground. The author does a wonderful job describing the Tower to you and it’s built steel girder by glass window by draping fabric in your mind.
The characters are your typical rich and spoiled teens, but they also all have their problems. Their perfect veneers hide broken insides and insecurities, which make them more relatable. The relationships and interactions between the characters feel authentic. Unfortunately, I didn’t relate strongly to any of the characters but I’m sure others will. So I don’t consider that a big negative towards the book.
The story opens with a bang and the mystery is not resolved until the end of the book, leaving you guessing throughout. Who fell? Was it an accident or malicious? You should definitely read this wonderful book if you want to find out – or if you enjoy engaging, quick reads about rich high schoolers, people working through their problems, really intriguing future technology or books similar to Gossip Girl/Pretty Little Liars.