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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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….
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
“Was she ready for this – ready to come back here and face everything that had sent her into a tailspin in the first place?”
This was a YA futuristic story, about a group of teenagers living in a thousand-floor tower in New York City.
Avery was a girl who lived at the top of the tower, and had a crush on the one person she couldn’t possibly be with – her adopted brother Atlas. We then got a bit of a weird love-triangle going on, with Avery, Atlas, and Avery’s best friend Leda, with Avery hopelessly hung up on Atlas and having no clue what to do about it.
“On the other end of the call was Atlas, her brother – and the reason she never wanted to kiss anyone else.”
Leda, Avery’s best friend, had just gotten out of a stint in rehab after getting hooked on a prescription-only medication which aided concentration (xenperheidren). She had previously slept with Atlas, and was intent on repeating the experience, to the extent that she hired a hacker to track his every move and feed her back information.
“She didn’t need the drugs, not the way those girls did.”
Eris, Avery’s other best friend, also lived near the top of the tower, and very quickly found out that he father wasn’t her biological father, and ended up moving to a much lower level apartment with her mother. We then got a surprise about who her biological father really was, which shook things up a bit, and we also got a romantic storyline involving Eris and a girl who lived near her new apartment.
“Her mom had cheated on her dad, and kept it a secret for the past eighteen years.”
Rylin lived with her sister on one of the lower floors following the death of her mother. She had a boyfriend who dealt drugs, and a dead-end job, and we got a storyline involving the drugs, and a boy called Cord who lived on one of the upper floors. I was actually quite surprised that we didn’t get a storyline from Cord’s point of view as he seemed like quite a major character.
“Two hundred nanodollars for just one night dealing with drunk rich kids? “How soon do you need me there?””
Watt was a hacker who basically had an AI type thing in his head which was totally illegal, was hired by Leda to try and track Atlas, and developed a bit of a crush on Avery, which was pretty hopeless because of the whole Avery-Atlas-Leda love triangle. His hacking skills were pretty impressive though.
“He was in possession of an illegal quant, and he needed to hide her somewhere she could never be found.”
The storyline in this was woven together by the characters interlocking stories, and it seemed like everyone had something to hide. The pace was a little bit slow, but I think this was probably necessary because of how many main characters there were, and the way their stories all coincided.
The ending to this was quite shocking, as someone died, and someone else started blackmailing people to cover up their part in the murder! Will be interesting to see what happens in the next book!
7 out of 10