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. Everyone there 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 this 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 for 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.
Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….
THIS BOOK! I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did. It was so much fun. It was the perfect mix of a good drama in a futuristic world. Set in New York about 100 years in the future, the story takes place almost solely from the giant tower with 1,000 floors. The lower floors are smaller and less expensive, while the higher floors are reserved for only the wealthiest in New York. The story opens with a nameless girl falling from the thousandth floor. Did she fall? Was she pushed? I was already intrigued.
We have quite a few narrators in this book and at first I thought it would drag, but all of the characters interacted so much that I was quickly immersed into the story.
Avery lives on the thousandth floor. She appears to be a beautiful, perfect girl. She was quite literally genetically engineered to be perfect. However, she is in love with her adopted brother, Atlas. I know they are not genetically related…but what is up with all this brother/sister love?! This is the second book I’ve read lately with this plot line. Anyway, their sexual tension was definitely palpable and I enjoyed all the drama that went along with it.
Eris is Avery’s best friend. She is also very much an “it” girl. Her life is quickly shattered when she learns the truth about her past. Eris really grew on me throughout the book! Her character definitely developed most throughout the story. Leda is also in the Avery/Eris group, but she has some extreme jealousy issues that get her into trouble. And she has a pretty big drug habit she tries to keep secret.
Rylin lives on a lower floor, but when her job brings her up to the upper levels she is quickly swept into the drama and the romance of the other characters. Finally, we have Watt (I loved Watt!) who quite literally has a supercomputer in his head. He knows everything about everyone and this made for some very interesting plot developments.
This book is definitely a sci-fi Gossip Girl, but I loved it. The characters were all interesting in their own right, the giant tower sounds like an awesome place to live, and the pacing was excellent- right up until we discover the events that lead up to someone falling off the thousandth floor. I didn’t think this was my typical genre, but it was so enjoyable. I think the setting, plot and characters were all so unique and well-thought out that I really really appreciated this book. I will definitely be looking forward to the second!