I received an ARC of Katharine McGee's debut novel, The Thousandth Floor, at BEA. The August 30th release date is less than two weeks away, so you will not have to wait long if you don't already have a copy.
The story is set in New York City in the year 2118. The majority of the city has been taken over by a MASSIVE tower that is 1000 stories tall. There is transportation within the tower, schools, restaurants, businesses, etc. The more affluent you are the higher you live in the tower, which brings me to an introduction of the characters.
Avery and Atlas Fuller live on the 1000th floor. They are siblings by adoption and have just about everything they could ever want. They are extremely wealthy, attractive, and popular, but there is one think they can't have that could destroy them both.
Eris Dodd-Radson lives on the 985th floor. She is a social butterfly and is Avery's oldest friend. Life as she has always known it is threatened by a secret that is revealed early on in the story.
Leda Cole lives on the 962 floor and is Avery's best friend. They have never had any secrets between them until Leda returns from her summer away from the tower. The secrets compound throughout the story and neither girl can trust the other by the end.
Cord Anderton lives on the 967th floor. His parents died in a plane crash, so he lives by himself in the massive apartment until his older brother shows up unexpectedly.
Watt Bakradi lives on the 294th floor and is a computer genius. He developed a quantum computer that can hack into just about any system, which allows him to generate some additional income. His "online services" brings him into contact with some of the upper floor kids previously mentioned.
Rylin Myers lives on the 32nd floor. She had to quit school to support herself and her younger sister and takes a job working as Cord Anderton's maid. Their relationship becomes more complicated as they begin to develop feelings for each other, but Rylin still has unresolved "issues" with her not quite ex-boyfriend.
Throughout the book we discover that everyone within the tower has a secret. There is a very delicate balancing act that must be maintained or everyone will come crashing to the bottom. If they do not play their cards perfectly their secret may become exposed and life as they know it will cease to exist.
Katharine told the story from a number of the characters' points of view. This allowed the reader the opportunity to witness all of the drama as it unfolded from just about every possible angle. If you think the Real Housewives have drama, you haven't seen anything like this. I can't wait to see how everything will play out in the next book in this series.