Author: Katherine McGee
Published: August 30, 2016
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
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. But people never change: everyone here 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 her 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 by 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.
I really, really disliked this book! I don’t want to say hate, because I didn’t necessarily hate the story, but I will admit that I hated the characters! Honestly, if the future holds such stupid, immature, whiny, spoiled teenagers, then I want no part in it. I tried reading this book 2 years ago, and after about 75 pages, I had to put it down. I couldn’t take the drama anymore! When I ended up finding it on Audible for really cheap, I thought I’d give it another chance. Usually I do better with audiobooks than I do with physical books, with the ones that I tried reading but lost interest. I barely made it through the audiobook! All the rich kids, who honestly have very few problems, have to create problems because they’re bored. The poor kids blame rich people for all their problems, instead of taking personal responsibility.
I couldn’t stand Avery at all! I guess if my parents genetically engineered me and I was the most beautiful girl on planet earth, then I’d at least try to use my brain more often. Oh no! the one guy that she “can’t have” (spare me, he’s adopted, you nitwit!!) is of course the one she wants. She’s spoiled and manipulative and selfishly puts her own wants (there are very few needs in this story) above the good of her friends. Leda is just evil and vindictive. Rylin, who does actually have a brain, is so stinkin immature that she sabotages herself at every turn. And the one person that I actually kinda sorta liked/tolerated was Eris. She started out as a spoiled party girl, but ends up changing and sorta maturing quite a bit. Overall, this is just an exhausting book. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2, is because the story was at times interesting. I really wouldn’t recommend this book to anybody.
Author: Lisa McMann
Published: February 8, 2011
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer’s Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she’s not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world’s sweetest boyfriend, behind. But when Cryer’s Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn’t get close to… the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico. Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she’s always loved, Kendall keeps up the search–and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can’t stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried….
First of all, I really hate that description. I was drawn in by the amazing cover and the description intrigued me, so Ivan gave it to me for Christmas. It only took me 24 hours to read, and now that I have, that description sucks!!!! Thankfully, the book did not. I will admit that it started out a little slow. I felt very sorry for Kendall, who struggles with OCD and lost her best friend. There was a hopelessness that lingered just on the edge of her life and I kept turning page after page, willing her to be alright. There was also very little teenage drama.
The things that McMann dealt with were real issues facing teenagers whose peers had gone missing. Kendall’s feelings and rationale were very reasonable, considering her condition and the circumstances. The one issue I did have was the fact that half the book went by before the mystery even really presented itself. Sure, kids had gone missing, but that was it. There were no leads, there were no real suspects, there was no resolution in sight until at least the halfway mark. The first half of the book was far more focused on Kendall’s emotional well-being, than the disappearances. But, when the mystery finally started to unravel, the resolution was awesome! It was simple, uncomplicated, and very easy to understand. And super CREEPY! I really liked this book! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good thriller, or for older teenagers looking for a good read.
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