The Thou­sandth Floor

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE RIGHT READ -

Au­thor: Katharine McGee Pub­lisher: Harper ISBN: 9780062564801

THE BOOK be­gins with a young girl plung­ing to her death off a sky­scraper. Then the scene, set in the year 2118, shifts to the events that led up to this tragedy.

The story re­volves around a group of teenagers who live in a giant sky­scraper called the Tower that has 1,000 floors. The richer you are, the higher your apart­ment lo­cated.

Liv­ing on the high­est floor is Avery, who is ge­net­i­cally de­signed by her par­ents to look per­fect. But life is not per­fect for Avery. She is wor­ried about her adopted brother At­las who has sud­denly gone on a trip with­out telling any­one.

Her small group of friends also seem to is have their own set of prob­lems.

Best friend Leda has just got out of re­hab for sub­stance abuse. Un­known to Avery, Leda had a one-night stand with At­las be­fore he took off.

An­other friend Eris loses all her priv­i­leges when her par­ents di­vorce.

There are other sub-plots in­volv­ing the poorer denizens of the Tower such as Rylin who works as a maid for rich guy Cord but has been stealing his med­i­ca­tion to sell on the black mar­ket; and Watt, a hacker, who cre­ated a de­vice, called Na­dia, that com­mu­ni­cates to him in his head.

All their lives end up some­what in­ter­twined, with some fam­ily se­crets thrown in.

This is an in­ter­est­ing read with an ex­plo­sive end­ing, and I can’t wait for book two. – S. In­dra Sathi­a­balan

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