Rating: 9/10 Hearts
Format: Audio-book – Library (Later Purchased in Paper Book)
Buy it Here: The Thousandth Floor
Let me start out by saying that this book has been on my list for a long time– because of its beautiful cover. I literally knew nothing about the plot of this book when I started listening to it. Do you ever fall in love with the cover of a book and decide you have to read it? I’m a notorious Judge-By-The-Cover lady. Sometimes, picking up a gorgeous book can lead you astray, and I’m excited to report that The Thousandth Floor was an incredible elevator ride.
Welcome to the world of The Tower.
One thing I look out for in a book with a large cast of characters is individuality. If it feels like I’m reading an ancient Russian novel, I probably won’t enjoy the book (*coughcough* Anna Karenina *coughcough*). I need to know who everyone is, and that’s not a struggle in this book at all. Avery, Leda, Atlas, Watt, Cord, Rylin, Eris, and Mariel bring you into their fascinating tower world with all the clarity of Leda’s favorite drug.
Of course, this book is a little bit of a guilty pleasure. It reads like a soap opera and would make an amazing TV series. I loved basically every minute of it, even when I knew if the characters would just USE their WORDS lots of the problems could be avoided. I was especially disappointed when Rylin didn’t tell Cord the truth about her useless boyfriend. I feel like he would have helped her– he probably would have literally given her the medicine. Though, I often think that in scenarios in which a poor character lies to a wealthy character. Maybe it says something about myself that I would have just gone to him and asked if he had connections, or gotten an advance, or something.
Eris broke my entire heart. My whole entire heart. I was so furious at her non-father for just forgetting about her. DUDE, you raised this child. She’s your child in every way that matters. I would have changed that trust document in four seconds flat, and I know my parents would too. I completely get being extremely hurt by the betrayal, and even taking some time, but disowning Eris entirely made me utterly furious.
Okay, on to what I loved about this book. Everything was woven together so beautifully. I tried to make some predictions about what I thought would happen, but I never got any of them right, which is always a good sign. I had actually guessed that Mr. Fuller was Eris’s biological father– you have to admit I was close! I also thought it would be Avery who fell to her death.
Avery is a difficult character to relate to– she’s literally as genetically beautiful as possible and filthy rich. It’s not like my apartment isn’t gorgeous, but it certainly isn’t at the top of an enormous tower. The fact that she’s in love with her infuriating adopted brother and is completely irrational about Leda’s involvement with him is really what got me with her. I don’t know how I feel about adopted siblings being in love? Obviously it’s not gross for biological reasons but– I don’t know. There’s another book that has a similar situation and I wasn’t bothered much at all by it. Avery was a little obsessive about it, but I feel like her insanity was dwarfed in comparison with Leda’s.
Bless Leda Cole. Her descent into horrifying lunacy was devastating to watch. When she returns from rehab with mantras and a fresh start on life, it seems almost unfair that Atlas Fuller just so happens to reappear. Not that it isn’t absolutely stalking to pay someone to spy on your crush, because it 100% is, but I understand how she got there. Everyone wants a piece of Atlas, after all.
But why? This is probably my biggest critique of this book– why is Atlas the only character whose inner experience held back from us? He clearly has an interesting back story and his relationship to his adoptive parents would be fascinating to explore, but that’s all a mystery. At first I thought we weren’t hearing from him because he was doing something illicit while he was away. But he really did take a gap year, basically. I was a little disappointed, honestly, that it wasn’t something more interesting! Oh well. A girl can’t have everything.
That’s the beautiful thing about all of these characters– no one is perfect. Even Watt, who I think is easy enough to relate to, does some morally sketchy stuff. The way he was so sincere and sweet with Avery was touching though. I was so proud of him when he turned Nadia off and got to know Avery as a person. He most certainly did not deserve to be drugged into revealing his secrets. Leda, seriously, can you not? Bodily Autonomy, girl. It was wildly difficult to salvage any pity for Leda after she did that, and impossible after she killed Eris and blackmailed everyone into covering it up.
It broke my entire heart that Eris never got to go back downstairs to make up with Mariel. The scenes where the two of them were just hanging out together were just so sweet. I’m also just a total sucker for an LGBTQ romance. I’m not ashamed to admit I cried at Eris’s funeral. I had been driving and listening to this book for hours. I’m lucky the highways where I live are straight and flat because I was kind of a mess!
I’ll be picking up The Dazzling Heights as soon as possible, mostly because I couldn’t believe we didn’t get to find out what happened with Cord and Rylin. UM, what happened with those two little lovebirds?! If they get together will mean older brother blackmail her? I guess I’ll have to take another elevator ride. If it’s anywhere near as good as this one, I’m in for a treat.
Subjective Hearts: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5/5
Objective Hearts: ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
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