For my November book club we read The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee which I was extremely excited to read as it looked like a science fiction version of Gossip Girl. And that is exactly what it was!
The world she has created is very imaginative with lots of technology and machinery that is subtly clever. I liked the descriptions of different everyday objects in this futuristic world, I love the fact she has possibly predicted things which will be seen as quite normal in years to come. It's always fun imagining what the world is going to be like, and also a little scary!
As for the story, I did enjoy reading it but I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't a dystopian novel. I just kept expecting there to be a bigger problem in the world that needed to be fixed (call me a pessimistic) but there wasn't, it was simply a few people's stories being told in a futuristic world. Once I managed to get it in my head that this new world was working okay and the plot wasn't suddenly going to turn into some adventure to fight back against those in charge, I settled into the stories and characters a lot more.
Having different POVs is always fun, especially when the stories of the characters usually entwine in some way. That's what I like the most, finding out how all their stories will connect, and this book doesn't disappoint for that aspect! There was one particular moment **Slight SPOILER alert** when Watt gets a message asking to spy on someone for them. It was obvious this was going to be Leda but before I go to the end where it revealed who was messaging him, I had a sudden thought that it was going to be someone else and the story was going to unravel even further. However it ended up being Leda, so I was slightly disappointed with that. **End of spoiler!**
The book is basically similar characters to those on Gossip Girl and the same style of dramatic stories, the main difference is of course it's set one hundred years from now. I don't know whether there's any point to it being set in the future, but I do know I enjoyed the dramatic Gossip Girl-esque stories, and I know I enjoyed reading about the world set years from now, so maybe it wasn't necessary but it definitely made it more interesting!
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Until next time,