The Thousandth Floor – Katharine McGee (Review)

Title: The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: HarperTeen, 2016
Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Science Fiction

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads page


My Review:

First of all, what a cover!


Just beautiful. Though there are other covers out there for this book, this one made me fall in love.
This book was everything I hoped it would be. I’ve been dying to read it, I got denied for an ARC…but then Overdrive added it and before anyone else could request it, I requested it first! I saw that the checkout was going to expire in two days, and there was NOTHING that was going to stand in my way of reading this book. Not after how long I’ve wanted to read it.

But let’s get to the good stuff. Don’t worry…it’s relatively spoiler-free. πŸ˜‰

We start with someone falling a thousand stories from the top of the Tower. We don’t know who it is, just that she is beautiful, and that she questions her choices leading up to that moment. She falls, she dies. The beginning. 

We are introduced to a host of characters: we start with Avery, made perfect by her mother and father. She lives on the thousandth floor, and she can have whatever she wants and whoever she wants. But she doesn’t want anybody that she can have. Because she loves Atlas. Her brother. (Adopted, don’t worry…but still there’s a taboo there)

Then we meet Leda. She’s coming to the Tower (everyone in this story lives in this huge tower in NYC: the higher up, the more elite you are) from rehab. She doesn’t want Avery, her best friend, to know. She doesn’t want to be judged. Though she’s high in Tower society, she is insecure. The one thing that led to her addiction? A long love for Atlas. Avery’s brother. Who’s disappeared for over a year and has taken Leda’s heart.

Next is Rylin, a lower-level inhabitant of the Tower. She gets high with her friends to escape the recent loss of her mother. She is the primary caregiver to her sister, and she works crappy jobs to pay the rent and her mother’s old medical bills. She gets high underneath the enormous Tower in a place dubbed “The Steel Forest.” But she gets a call from Cord, the son of her mother’s former employer, and he offers her a job. 250 nanodollars to clean up after a party…and she really needs the money.

Then we meet Eris: a privileged girl with a model mother and plastisurgeon father. She gets whatever she wants, too…nothing is too good for daddy’s girl. She’s been signing trust documents because when she’s an adult, she’ll be very wealthy. But this is no surprise; it is the life she lives. She’s also been seeing Cord Anderton, though she doesn’t want anything serious. Eris doesn’t do serious. Life is too short, right?

Finally, we meet Watt (you didn’t think it would be all chicks in this book, did you? Btw, major diversity here, just so you know). Watt is a hacker, and one of the best. He lives on the lower floors, but he uses his illegal quant computer Nadia to help hack and get paid doing it. She’s also great at getting Watt girls. She knows what to say and when to say it. He’s saving up for a trip to MIT, and he helps his parents pay the bills. Watt and Nadia are unstoppable together.

When Atlas gets back from his trip, the events are in motion. Leda puts an ad on the hacker sites, wanting all the info she can get on Atlas so she can win him over. Eris falls hard financially and has to adjust to life on the lower levels. Avery pines for Atlas secretly, and realizes that he might start dating her friend…and she might lose him forever. Rylin uncovers a stash of pills in Cord’s house while cleaning that could make some major cash. And Watt answers Leda’s ad to get the scoop on Atlas.

All the events and characters intermix and overflow…it’s like a mellifluous song. McGee hits the right notes while building suspense….and as you read, you almost forget that ominous prologue in the beginning. But McGee won’t let you forget it. 

Is It Classroom-Appropriate?

Unfortunately, I don’t think so. There’s a lot of drug use described, and though it is “future” drugs, there’s not a lot of repercussions that come from it. Everyone drinks…apparently in 2118, the drinking age is 18. Which is incredibly stupid, in my opinion. 18 year olds think they’re grown up, but they are just legal teens. They still have teenage brains and have poor impulse control. Then again, so do many adults. Forget this tangent. Anyway, the hookups and partying aren’t exactly a “good example” in the classroom, but it would be a great piece of science fiction if you could. There is so much here to explore: the “higher up” mentality and the “lower level” people in a type of caste system, the effects of technology on youth, the consequences of actions that have good intentions but are morally wrong…there’s just so much. It’s a shame it’s not classroom-worthy, because it is definitely shelf-worthy.

Age Range:

So the book is not on Lexile.com yet (I’m sure it will be eventually), but I would estimate 15 and up. I would say that it is intended for mature readers only because of the described drinking and drugging. There’s not any real “intimate” scenes, and I don’t recall any swearing, so it’ll eventually (probably) be recommended for 14-17 on Lexile, but I think 15 would be just about right. I always consider drug use of any kind to be mature material, unless there are definite and immediate consequences (which may not be realistic anyway, because sometimes in real life you can do drugs with no consequences, but I don’t like the idea of letting kids realize that, lol).

End Result:

This book is definitely a character-driven book. There is plot, and it is woven beautifully throughout the POVs, but each person is distinctly different in their attitudes and personalities. Though there are a lot of POV shifts, and it CAN get confusing, once you figure out the players it comes together effortlessly. I truly enjoyed this book, and I’m thrilled to report that it is marked #1 underneath the title, thereby alluding to a sequel. This is good because this book does end openly. We do come full circle, but there’s enough of an open ending to suggest that McGee is not done putting these kids through the ringer. I’m eager to find out what happens to all of them next! 

I give this book β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… because I was never bored. I was never tired of reading. I read while getting ready for work. I read in the car after work. I picked this book up constantly. And I think you will, too.

Happy reading!

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180 thoughts on “The Thousandth Floor – Katharine McGee (Review)

      1. I wish I had been there, too! It might be great to be here, but the books signing could still be hours away…so I’m sure many people missed out. But yes, she’s a lucky girl to get her book signed…in gold sharpie no less!!

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      2. No…I WISH! I haven’t ever been out of the country. I’ve been to Cali, AZ (bc I’m from there), Michigan (bc I live here now), Maine (my aunt was living there), New Hampshire (my other aunt lived there at the same time)…Chicago’s airport on a layover…I think that’s it. Not much.

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      3. Is Cali nice? It always looks so nice πŸ˜‚
        I’ve been on a cruise around a few small islands and to New Zealand but that’s about it lol.
        I would love to go to Nashville. Mainly because I love that show πŸ˜‚ or Laguna Beach you guys makes some great trashy tv shows lol. Don’t know what I would of done without The Hills and Jersey Shore πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚

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      4. California is amazing! Everything is there: San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Venice Beach…and then you have the upper part of the state where I’ve never been…you’ve got the ocean and mountains and desert all in one state! It’s just expensive to live there…
        But if I could afford to live anywhere, it would be Cali. I went to Disneyland almost every summer in my youth, met movie stars, and walked boardwalks. I will always love it there.
        If you ever get a chance, take it. Go. It’s worth it. Only state you can see everything: summmer, winter, fall, and spring depending on where you live or drive.

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      5. Cali is amazing…and I miss it. Michigan is nice, too. I miss my hometown in AZ the most because I grew up there. However, I would move in a min to AUS just so I can see the differences! I would love to see what it’s like out there. I’ve been so sheltered. I want to go to the U.K., Australia, Japan, Ireland…there’s just so many places I would love to see!
        I hope you get to come visit here. I’d put you up so you wouldn’t have to pay for a hotel if you came to Michigan!

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      6. U.K would be great to go visit!! My mum was born there and still has dual citizenship so getting a visa would be easy!! And then apparently you can travel to Europe really easily from there!!
        Ireland always looks lovely too! I’ve always wanted to visit Canada as well lol.

        I hope so too! Just have to get the adulting out of the way first lol. :(:(
        Same goes for if you come here, but where I live is pretty much a hole with nothing to do lol so you’d be better advoiding it haha!!

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      7. Oh, damn it! That’s right! You’re an Aussie, aren’t you? I was thinking U.K. when I said it…it’s a Study Abroad in Europe. I wish they had one to Australia bc that would be awesome! But I guess that’s not where Shakespeare lived, so no one cares. Go figure.

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      8. Oh, Indian and Russian didn’t occur to me, lol! Wow. I agree there.
        American, eh? I didn’t know we had accents over here. I thought we were basically accent-less…hmm. Like an American boy, eh?
        I wouldn’t mind me an Aussie, Irish, or English boy myself! Or a southern accent like Matthew McConaughey. Sigh.

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      9. Haha please! You guys have crazy accents over there…. over here in Aus we have none!! Until I watch an American movie with an Aussie actor and cringe at the accent haha, we always sound so bogan!!

        Ahh the ol’ southern drawl!! Quite sexy lol I wouldn’t mind that accent at all! haha.

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      10. What the heck is bogan? You mean bogus?
        Yeah…you guys have accents. We have a lack of an accent. American accents…hah! We have three: southern, New York/Bronx ppl (which is def weird, I agree), and Midwestern. I’m from AZ so I don’t have one, though when I first came out here people said I had a “California” accent, but they don’t have one, I think when you live where you’re from, everyone else has an accent but you. But you gotta admit, Brits have one…and your guys’ accent to me is almost the same (please don’t hit me!)
        I guess it’s all relative, lol. I wouldn’t mind a hot Aussie man, like the guy from House…he played Chase, the blond guy? Yummers.

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      11. bogan
        noun: AUSTRALIAN/NZ
        an uncouth or unsophisticated person, regarded as being of low social status.
        “some bogans yelled at us from their cars”

        Haha yeah we sound similiar to some Britts. They all have different accents depending on region as well lol. My Mum was born over there and she does not sound like an Aussie when she gets her accent on haha, but I do agree with you sometimes a British person can sounds Aussie and visa versa.
        The Hemsworth brothers *swoon* they are dreamy haha.

        We all have accents it just because you grow up with your accent so you think it is normal and that everyone else has an accent lol. I find it weird that you can so many different accents from one country like in the US and Uk lol. We’re too small to have different accents for different regions hahaha.

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      12. I just find it funny that we all have accents…in general, they are different, and we all have one (like you said), but we can’t hear our own. All should be abolished like exchange rates and time zones! (Jk, I like AUS and UK accents too much…would love to marry someone with one, cause they just sound so smart! Yes, you guys get the smarty pants accent!
        So, I would say, they are so bogan? Is that the way to use it? Like an adjective?

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    1. It was at first: I was a little turned off. I got confused between Leda and Eris a lot. But after awhile, it got a flow of its own. I would’ve liked to see more from Avery’s POV, but there’s another book so I’m on the edge of my seat!

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  1. I’ve had this book on my to-read list for a little while now, it sounds really interesting and I’m really glad you enjoyed it. It’s making me more excited to get started on it myself. I really love character driven books, they can be so interesting if done right, and it sounds like this one way. It’s good to know the multiple POVs didn’t make the story too confusing! πŸ™‚
    Great review!
    Also I will just say 18 is the legal drinking age in the UK, so it’s not so far-fetched for me that in 2118 the drinking age will be 18! πŸ™‚

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      1. Yeah, I’m thinking there’s a reason why it’s 21 over here. Though I do find a bit of hypocrisy at the idea that one can be drafted for war but can’t drink, I know the teens out here would be scary irresponsible. More and more teens are becoming less independent and fewer are moving out of the house…I think they shouldn’t drive until at least 18 here, but no, 16 is apparently ok.

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      2. Yeah its all a bit crazy.
        I think 21 is a better legal drinking age. Teens are the same over here. We have some who just go on the goverment support and don’t go to school, don’t want to get a job. It’s terrible!! And they reproduce!! 😐 lol.

        16 is a ridiculous age to be allowed to drive by yourself! I think you should have to be 18 to drive. In some states here it is 17. I think these rules were created by parents who were sick of driving there kids around lol.

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      3. Maybe everything should be 21 nowadays…it’s a shame how teens see acting. And you’re right…they are reproducing a lot, too. There’s a show on MTV called Sixteen and Pregnant, and though it is meant to be a cautionary tale, girls STILL don’t do anything to prevent pregnancy.
        From where I’m from (in Arizona), to be a teenage mother was shameful. But out here in Michigan now it seems like all the girls want babies! The other day a gut asked me how I managed to be my age and not have kids…and I told him it just hasn’t happened yet. He seemed surprised. Well, it’s not like I’m trying to have kids, so why would I? He was surprised because he figured it would’ve happened by odds. Um, hello? There’s a thing called BIRTH CONTROL or CONDOMS that PREVENT babies? Hello?? Oh, and nasty STDs, too? People, please!
        ☹️

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      4. Omg I love 16 and pregnant and teen mom!
        But yes they didn’t really work as cautionary tales so now they are just for the ratings.

        Congrats on being sexually responsible πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ˜‚ people now have no idea. I knew a girl who would take the morning after pill every other day instead of going on the actual pill… surprisingly she got pregnant lol πŸ˜‘

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      5. OMG, really? I took that pill twice in my life, and it was HORRIBLE. Talk about having bad cramps!
        People need to wake up and realize abortion and Plan B are NOT birth control.
        So. Very. Frustrating!! 😫 <—That's my brain right now thinking about it.

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      6. You mean in AZ? Most ARE on the pill, but they use abortion and Plan B if they’re not. They do NOT want to get pregnant out there. Teen birth rate is lower in the suburban areas in AZ. In Michigan, I don’t know if it’s a Midwest thing or what, but they WANT babies! I never wanted to be 16 and pregnant! (Well, maybe now that I’m 33, lol!)
        I just think it’s different cultures. Midwest is very family, AZ is very like LA…California values and looking like celebrities. Ick.
        But all I know is that teens are too young to do anything! They make stupid decisions and they’re permanent. I have a tattoo to prove that, lol.

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      7. It’s funny how upbringings and cultures can change so drastically in different towns.
        I just meant teens now in general.
        It’s pretty bad over here. My mum works in a hospital and apparently they have never seen so many young girls come in pregnant.
        I definitely never wanted to be 16 and pregnant! You can’t support yourself at that age, let alone a baby. Those girls just have to be crazy to want a baby at that age.
        I have 12 tattoos πŸ˜‚ still a much better choice than a baby at 16.

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      8. 12 tattoos? Yeah, I’d take that over being 16 and preggers, lol!
        Wow…that’s sad. Why do these girls think having a baby is ok? Then their life is over as they know it. They can’t just…oh, I don’t know….use prevention? Shit. Pisses me off, really.
        Yes, I’m sad now that I’ve never had a chance to have children, and it would take fertility treatments to make me pregnant now. So it just might not be in the cards for me. I hope now that I’m older that I have a chance to still have kids and it’s not too late. But I also know that if I had a kid younger I would have screwed them up hardcore. Heroin addiction + children = child neglect. I could barely care for me, let alone another person.
        I hope the tides turn and kids realize that babies aren’t toys, and they won’t help you keep a man. I know so many ppl who have moms that have had multiple kids with multiple people…and they don’t even know who the dad is.

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      9. I think a lot of kids over here do it for the baby bonus. It’s just terrible. And then the kids are just turning into little shits because they’re parents don’t care.
        Society is just going downhill πŸ˜“
        I think the pill and condoms should be free. Like you should still have to go to a doctor to get a script but I think if things like that were free there would be less kids.
        Hopefully you have a chance for kids. I think I’d probably still screw my kids up now if I had any πŸ˜‚ but at least I’d be able to provide for them.
        Well done for getting over the addiction, that would have been hard!!

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      10. Thank you…it WAS hard. But I’m proud to be a nerd again. All I cared about was getting high and doing nothing…except until I needed to get high again. But now I read, blog, write…I’m back to the me I was before the drugs…just a lot older, lol.
        Baby bonus? You mean like welfare?
        I hope I have kids someday too. But mainly I just want to get married some day and find myself a partner in crime. My true PIC.

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      11. I can’t even imagine how hard it would have been.
        Proud of you though πŸ™‚ #nerdlife! lol.
        I used to go out and drink a lot when I was working at a pub, looking back I regret a lot of the choices I made, I could of had a lot more books!
        But we live and learn πŸ™‚

        You’ll find someone! πŸ™‚ Make sure you find someone who loves books! lol.
        My partner is always asking me why I need so many books and blah blah blah… makes me want to throat punch him πŸ˜€

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      12. Omg, that makes me sick. Talk about encouraging teen pregnancy! Though we aren’t any better over here with all the free programs we have to help here.
        I just don’t understand why girls want to have babies as teens. Your future: gone! It’s all about that child for the next 18 years! It’s not a doll…it’s a person. I am so irresponsible (especially when I was a teen), I probably would end up breaking a baby somehow: I can barely take care of myself, lol! πŸ€” πŸ˜‚

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      13. I think it was introduced years ago to support new parents, but then people just took advantage of it. I am pretty sure they have stopped it now.
        Haha I’m the same, sometimes I don’t remember to feed myself, how am I supposed to look after a baby!! Lol. Plus I always lose everything! I’d probably accidently leave the kid at a supermarket or something!

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      14. Give him a throat punch for me, too! “Why do you need to read so many books?”
        “Ummm, because I’m breathing??” ::throat punches Sammi’s boyfriend::
        I WILL find a non-loser…hopefully a nerd like me. But not too nerdy. I have a reputation to uphold. 😎
        πŸ˜‰

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    1. Wow! Drinking at 18. But I honestly think your teens are a teeny bit more mature. (I mean, it’s sad to think of the teens here drinking…gives me nightmares)
      But yes, the multiple POV shifts took a bit to get used to, but as the story built, you could see how each was a cog in a wheel, and why everyone’s story was important.
      I hope others like it as much as I did. I hope you do. Sometimes I like books that others don’t. So I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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      1. I’m not sure if we’re more mature, honestly sometimes seeing the teens and imagine them drinking gives me nightmares as well! But I guess 18 is old enough to make that decision for yourself.
        See that’s good, I’ve read a few books with multiple POVs and it just didn’t work because there was never as much development of some characters as there was others and, yeah, it just didn’t work.
        I hope so too, I’ve seen a lot about this book so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll enjoy it as well! πŸ™‚

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    2. I know…it is really insane. My second day of having my license I got into a car accident.
      The only good thing out of it is that if a teen drives under the influence, since they are not 21, ANY alcohol in their system is considered over the limit…even .001. So it does make me feel better that they don’t have a “legal limit” like the over 21 set does. But it’s a very small consolation. Most are playing Pokemon Go and driving, while texting a friend or doing their freakin makeup!

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      1. Wow, did that not put you off driving a little? I’ve been in accidents before and I’ll admit it made me a little wary of getting back in the car again.
        That is good, probably one of the downsides of the fact that in the U.K. the driving and drinking age are the same. Oh Pokemon Go and driving needs to be illegal ASAP, I’ve nearly had accidents because someone’s been playing that when they should have been focusing on the roads! :/

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    3. Yeah. It scared me. But I always had to drive to get to school. So I’ve compartmentalized my problems and made sure that I can always get on the road.
      Being on the phone at all and driving should be illegal. Once I reached for my phone (this was a long time ago), and rammed into a car stopped at a red light. I was a bad driver for years. 6 accidents in a short time. But the worst was when a guy turned in front of me while I was just driving down the road, and I hit him, which ended up with me being hit on all sides…and then I was ok while the kid (he was 16 with no license and not insured) complained and needed to go to the hospital. I was livid.
      But I always have to drive. I just have no choice in the matter. Lol.

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      1. Well it’s the best way to go about it isn’t it? You can’t let things like that stop you from doing your day to day jobs and stuff.
        It is illegal in the UK but I don’t think the punishments are very harsh, and it’s easy for people to get away with it as well. Ohh that sounds horrible, so far I’ve been lucky in that I haven’t had any accidents, or any serious ones at least but I know it may happen one day, can’t let it stop me from driving or anything!

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    4. That’s right! Gotta keep going, no matter what happens!
      Yeah, it’s been years now. But I never had a chance to be afraid about driving. Too many things to see, people to do…wait…or is it things to do, people to see?
      Ehh, whatever. People to see, people to do…basically there’s a lot of doin’ and gotta drive to get there, lol! πŸ˜‚

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      1. Exactly, it’s the best way to look at things like that isn’t it?
        Yeah I’m like that as well, the best thing about having my car is being able to drive everywhere I need when I need to.
        Ha, yeah whatever way you say it it basically means there’s a lot you need to see and a lot you need to get done too! πŸ˜€

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  2. Christy Luis

    Oh man, this sounds amazing! Also sounds kind of similar to Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, perhaps, but I haven’t sampled the writing, yet. I’ve been waiting and waiting for this one! Thanks for the great review; now I’m even more excited πŸ™‚

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      1. Haha, it would be hilarious if people didn’t think like that for real…
        I can’t remember what had happened but some girl was like “Australia is 15 hours ahead of us, what? Why didn’t they tell us that this was going to happen?”
        What is wrong with people?!!!! Lol.

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    1. Overdrive has it: are you waiting for it on the Holds?
      I got it from there too.
      Honestly, it’s probably good that it happened though I know you wanted to read it, because now we know there are time limits.
      Question: had you downloaded the book and then it took the access away? Or had you not downloaded it yet? I’m wondering if they’ll take away my book when I’m done reading it, and I’d like to keep it, you know?
      Wish I could send you a copy. 😘

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      1. Your Library overdrive has it but my library overdrive doesn’t. That’s alright, I have plenty of books to read anyway. So I’m not in a hurry to read this book. I downloaded to bluefire app and then I couldn’t access it anymore. I deleted that app already. I only rely on kindle now.

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    2. That’s weird…I never realized that there were different OverDrives…
      But then again, you have Roseblood, so no pity from me! πŸ˜‰
      I wish you could email me a copy! I’m dying to read that book! Honestly, you get all the good ones! I’m so jealous.

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      1. I could figure out a way to send it to you but I can’t risk being sent to jail for breaking the law on file sharing haha You know this girl can’t survive jail.. I got scared by that Orange is the new Black show lol

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    3. Don’t worry, lol. I would never do anything that would put you in danger. Though I will say that EC told me there’s a way to loan books through Kindle, and she’s going to figure it out and get back to me. After she does, we are going to loan each other books like the library does! It’ll be awesome!
      We could have our own little blogger library going, lol! πŸ€”πŸ’­

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  3. I have already ordered the book and I was excited to read it. After reading your review I can’t wait!!!! Beautiful review and spoiler free!!! I usually just can’t keep mine without spoilers because I get too excited πŸ˜‚

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    1. I try to keep them spoiler free as much as possible so people can read and be surprised…with this one it was really hard because so much happens! You want to tell, but how much is too much, you know?
      So my basis is I usually tell what happens within five chapters, at most. Sometimes you’ll have to go longer, and sometimes shorter, but by five the book starts to develop into something, you know?
      I’m so glad you liked the review! And I can’t wait to see what you think of the book!

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  4. Annie

    This made me laugh because here in my country drinking age is 18 πŸ˜› We always find it weird that you guys have to wait until 21. Not that I drink much XD But it’s definitely something that we usually talk about. Every culture is so different!

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      1. πŸ˜€ *blushes* Bless you! Someone should totally turn that song into the perfect sausage parody. Maybe I’ll do it myself one day. I’m no Elton John, but I can play some sentimental ballad on the piano if I have to :’).

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    1. Every culture IS different. I don’t think our teens could handle it. Is everything 18 over there? Driving too?
      I just think our American teens are spoiled and narcissists, and shouldn’t drink at 18. Can you imagine the car accidents here? Already really high…but the drunk teens driving? OMG.

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    2. Oh, I completely agree! It is a picturesque little town, too! If you look up pics of it you will see how small it is! It’s a tourist honey trap, too, because of the beach in the summer and the cheap vacationing!
      I love living here…I don’t miss AZ at all (except for the family left behind).

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    1. Hope you give the book a chance!
      (Do you guys really think it’s weird that the drinking age is 21? I never thought about it…it’s just always been that way for me…though it went up from 18 I believe at some point…)

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    1. I try to leave out the spoilers. I don’t want to ruin the book for you guys!
      There is a blogger I follow and she posts the whole book in her review, so now I try not to read them anymore because it spoils it for me!!
      I’m glad you liked the review!! Makes me happy. πŸ˜„

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    1. Ooh. I’m sorry you caught my excitement. I’m contagious right now. I should’ve washed my hands or someting….
      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      I hope I don’t let you down! I’m a pushover when it comes to books…as long as I get sucked in, I’m in love. So maybe give it a try? And if you hate it, promise me you’ll still be my friend? 😫

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      1. It’s OK! Excitement is good. πŸ˜‚

        I completely understand. I can be that way too with certain books – my main MAIN criteria is basically whether or not I enjoy the book. Everything else comes later. And pinky promise! πŸ™‹

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    1. I never thought of it that way…but I’ve never seen Gossip Girl, so I can’t say either way.
      All I know is that it takes a lot for me to LOVE a book, and I loved this. It was interesting and the characters were fun and sad and I didn’t even know one was a POC until the end (I didn’t even picture their appearance because I was so wrapped up in the characters), and there is a ton of diversity now that I’m thinking about it…
      I just really enjoyed it. Others may not like it, and I’ll feel bad if I steered you wrong. Give it a couple chapters to get into it, and if you don’t like it then I’ll understand. I am eager to see what you think about Leda and Eris and Avery and Watt and Rylin…see? I even remembered all their names: they left THAT much of an impact on me…lol. πŸ˜‰

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    2. It’s really diverse! I didn’t know one of the characters was black until the end of the book, too. I was like, whoa, I didn’t even picture her right. I do like that they didn’t even think to mention it because it really doesn’t matter in the end: we are all people.

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    1. Very character-driven. The plot is mild…and it all comes together in the end. I enjoyed it though it was lighter on the science fiction than I’m used to: just simply a futuristic world…with the same problems people have. I loved it.

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  6. That cover is so stunning! I love your review, but I have to be honest – the content of that book doesn’t really speak to me for some reason. 😦 I can’t put my finger on why though. I think I would be confused by the many characters as well.

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    1. I don’t think this one is for everyone. The book is beautiful, but I’m a sucker for a good character study. This one is all about people: our actions and our walls and our perceptions of others. That girl you think has it all together? She doesn’t. That girl that lives a broke life? She’s amazing once you know her. It’s all about casting aside your preconceived notions. I liked that.
      But it does get confusing with the POV shifts. I would suggest waiting on it and reading something that strikes your fancy for now…there’s a sequel coming!

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    1. I’ll check it out…I’m sure the notification of the post is among my emails that have yet to be read, but even though I’m behind I read them ALL. So I will see it and I’m excited to see what you thought! (I’m also going to make sure I’m getting email alerts of all my friends’ posts because I don’t want to miss a single post you write! Maybe I should figure out how to sign up for those RSS feeds?)

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  7. I agree with you on the age range of this book, there are a lot of drug and drink references, in quite a lot of detail as well. I really enjoyed reading and reviewing this book as well! Great post! And the drinking age over here in the UK is already 18 so I didn’t even think about them lowering it for the book haha πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s true! I forget about the drinking age from other countries!
      Yeah, when I see stuff like that, I just want to make sure parents or educators or readers know that there’s some inappropriate stuff in the book, you know?
      Thanks for reading my review! 😊😊😊

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