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.
That ending was not what I expected. Like seriously bruh. Plot twist much? This was an excellent debut novel and I love it so much. Especially the Bi characters, Eris and Mariel – although Mariel may have just been straight up gay (lol) – I just love how normal that was. I just loved all of it. Like the tower. Man. That is such a cool setting, with all of the technology as well! It was all so incredibly awesome! So cool! So dramatic! It was everything I needed it to be and more! Honestly if you’re only going to read one book this year, it had better be this one. Like no joke, that’s how good this is. Arguably it’s too good and I have no idea how there are any left to be sold. This book should have sold out within the first 5 seconds of being available, like tickets to a Panic! at the disco concert. I just want the second book already as well which really isn’t helping things, y’know, seen as it’s not out yet…
Let’s start with the setting. The Tower. It was so frickin cool and I really love how the whole thing was set up. Especially with that whole 1000th floor thing, I think that it really just added something extra to the story – a sense of elitism that was entirely necessary to make it work.Sure, that’s basically what the entire story is about but without it there wouldn’t have been that twist that was needed to spice things up a bit. I mean why not have a character who has everything but wants the one thing she can’t have. Also, incest much. I mean it wasn’t really and whilst I can see what the fuss was about I also really can’t. I mean who cares that you did it with your adopted brother? I would think people would start caring when they were your blood related brother, because ew. Why would you? The technology was awesome, it was also really well thought out as well which was awesome to read! Everything made sense, and I really loved Watt and Nadia. That was cool. Honestly it would be so easy to just say that this book was cool, because it really was, but that would be such an understatement that it would be an insult to the book. And to the writer. McGee certainly has a way with words that I am so incredibly jealous of.
Her writing is beautiful and it just dragged me in, definitely not unwillingly. I just wanted to stay in that world forever and the POV changes were done so well that I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything by not having someone’s POV of a situation. It was all so cohesive and I loved it. So much. It was such a well written book that I just want to meet the person that it would be IRL and both thank and kiss them at the same time. I really want to thank McGee if I ever get to meet her. I mean are you kidding? I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to have that much talent. There is one POV that I wouldn’t have minded having however, and that was Atlas’. I think it would have been really interesting to have had a couple of scenes from his perspective, I feel like it would have added something to the story.
I really loved all of the characters and that really surprised me. I would have thought that I would have hated at least one of them with a cast of main characters this big. None of them felt like Special Snowflakes or Lamps either which really was a nice change. All of them were actual human beings who I could relate to at some point or another and often with YA it’s hard to find that because sadly more often than not they are The Chosen One and it’s really hard to connect to a character like that. I mean even Avery who was literally created to be the most beautiful/perfect person on earth had her flaws and that brought her straight back down to earth in a really realistic way. I really loved that thing where she hated being called perfect or beautiful etc, because she felt that so much of her life was already controlled by her looks that she wanted people to see past them and see who she really was. I also really loved the family dynamics that pretty much all of them had, it also added to them being more realistic. Often in a lot of YA, family is brushed aside, unless of course they are being murdered to add more to the plot. But whilst for Eris family was a huge part of her story, for the others they were more in there to make them all seem like the 18 year olds that they were. They had families (of some description) to go home to each night and that also gave them some accountability which also made the whole thing more realistic
This book was just perfect in so many ways, from the cover to the characters to the content and I just love it so much. It will definitely be going into my All Time Favourites Collection and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to join it there. Obviously this book gets 5/5 stars and all of the love in the world. All I can say is thank you Katharine McGee for writing this book, I can’t wait to read more of your work.