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....
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**** 4 Star Review ****
I originally picked this book up because I loved the cover so much. I had put off starting it since it's part of a series. Now that the third book is getting ready to release, I decided to start it. I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to get from it. I had my reservations. I don't typically read books set in the future. I am not a big YA fan, although I have read some. Then there was the long list of main characters. I wasn't sure I would be able to follow the book.
This book starts out with a big bang, giving you the main climax of the story. Then goes back to how the dominoes started to set up and fall down leading up to the climax. I was hooked from that opener. I wanted to know who was involved and why.
The book moved with a great pace. Giving you both plot and character development piece by piece. With each character's story you not only get to know them, but you are getting sections of a web that will eventually become complete by the end of the book.
I really enjoyed this book. I have read some of the reviews since I finished reading it. I have to say, people are a little too picky and way too hyper-sensitive. This is a work of fiction. The author did a great job at creating realistic characters in realistic situations given their age and status.
There are some great subject themes in this book. From the rich and entitled to the under-class and hard working. The blending of all of these characters fit well into the story that is being told. I don't think this story would have worked without any one of them.
I did want to hit on a couple of things that this book seemed to get some flack over. (Just know I am rolling my eyes over these.) First, is the budding romance and attraction between two characters who are adoptive siblings. This is technically NOT incest. Is it questionable? Okay, sure. But incestual? Hardly. I mean, sure they are legally brother and sister, but biologically, they are nothing to one another. It's no different than same-sex relationships. One can't help who they are attracted to or fall in love with. It's a natural attraction. They share no blood or genes. It isn't romanticized like some have accused. In fact, they both fight the attraction. They try to deny it, ignore it. I think some reviewers need to get be more open to fiction that could actually be real.
The next I want to address is the LGBTQ insensitivity. I didn't see it. The relationship that develops is natural. And the handling of it is REALISTIC. These are teenagers. They are confused and full of hormones. I am not sure what the hyper-sensitive reviewers think should happen with immature teens who are confused with what they are feeling, but clearly they are a bit delusional.
I think the author did a wonderful job with setting up societal, socioeconomic, and culture themes well in this book. Were these characters irrational and immature? Absolutely. They are TEENAGERS, hence their teenage behavior. They problems and their emotions seemed spot on to me. Sure, some were a bit exaggerated, but this is fiction.
Overall, this book was a really good book. My reservations were a bit unfounded. I had no problems with the things I thought I would. I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading the next two books.