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Futuristic YA novel aimed at female readership

The Thousandth Floor - Katharine McGee


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

The premise is that a thousandth-floor Tower has been built, in this case in New York, in which all our characters interact: the richer families live higher up, the poor down below. There are five main protagonists, four of whom are girls (thus the female readership is targeted). Each of them has their own set of problems. Secrets are kept and eventually come out with tragic consequences

My problem with this book is that it is basically a novel about teenage problems but set in a futuristic sci-fi setting which is, to a large extent, irrelevant. Where contact lenses and earpieces replace tablets and mobile phones, the five main protagonists still interact as if this is five hundred years earlier: they face relationship problems, unrequited love, jealousy, envy, lust, sex, drugs, alcohol, family split-ups etc.. as it is was the 21st century.

Admittedly I am not a reader of YA female fiction so this may go down really well.