Monday, July 11, 2016

Floor 21

  • File Size: 1583 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Kindle Press (June 2, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 2, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

As humanity lives out the remainder of its existence at the top of an isolated apartment tower, young Jackie dares to question Tower Authority and their ban on traveling into the tower's depths. Intelligent and unyielding, Jackie ventures into the shadows of the floors below. But will her strong will and refusal to be quiet—in a society whose greatest pride is hiding the past—bring understanding of how humanity became trapped in the tower she has always called home, or will it simply be her undoing?

 My Impressions

Floor 21 is set in a skyscraper in a dystopian future. The story is told from a first person perspective, by the daughter of a scientist via recording. The book takes on a horror type scenario where everyone living the 21st floor is living in a bubble with no idea what is below them in the other 20 levels until one day Jackie gets a little curious and has nothing better to do so she decides to go find out what lives below.

 I tried really hard to like Jackie, but her character seemed a little hypocritical and whiny to me. She complains alot, but is suppose to come across as highly intelligent. The character just really bothered me. The people are dying, starving and trying to find a way to live and she is obsessing over baseball and boys. Yes, I know this can by typical of a teenager, I have 5 of them, they get into their own bubble and ignore everything else sometimes, but it just seemed extreme in this case. The other thing that got to me was the use of slang in the book. The book is suppose to be in the dystopian future, but Jackie uses current slang liek she grew up in this generation, which did not flow well and took away from the story.

The other thing that really got to me was how the book went from Jackie's perspective to the recordings. Instead of alternating the voices, it was this dramatic flip that did not sit well with me.I would have prefer ed that he alternated voices from the beginning instead of the way the author went about it half way into the story. It really threw me out of the story.

The story is not all bad. I know it sounds like I am completely bashing the book, but I did enjoy the unique world the author set up. The book has alot of mystery that was intriguing. Lots of twits that keep you engaged. The book was written well and the premise is great, just some annoying details to me that took away. My 2 boys (16,17) enjoyed it and thought I was picking at the story trying to find fault. They liked the class system idea and thought Jackie was brave and outgoing and wanted to be one of the scavengers. So, maybe I am over thinking the book and need to just enjoy the story line more.

About the Author

Jason Luthor has spent a long life writing for sports outlets, media companies and universities. His earliest writing years came during his coverage of the San Antonio Spurs as an affiliate with the Spurs Report and its media partner, WOAI Radio. He would later enjoy a moderate relationship with Blizzard Entertainment, writing lore and stories for potential use in future games. At the academic level he has spent several years pursuing a PhD in American History at the University of Houston, with a special emphasis on Native American history. His inspirations include some of the obvious; The Lord of the Rings and Chronciles of Narnia are some of the most cited fantasy series in history. However, his favorite reads include the Earthsea Cycle, the Chronicles of Prydain, as well as science fiction hits such as Starship Troopers and Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep? To find out even more about his writing, check out
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