The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee Review

Happy New Year Everyone!

Today is the first day of 2018 and my first review for the year. I realize this is also my first review in a while, and this was the last book I read for 2017. As hard as I’ve tried my schedule hasn’t allowed me to read and write as much which makes me sad, but I hope to change that in the new year, because those are my favorite things to do. I finished The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee last month, and I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it since I didn’t love the first one The Thousandth Floor. 



All that glitters is not gold.

New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.

Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall. 


I really enjoyed this book, because McGee really developed the characters in this one and showed us how they changed from beginning to end. There was way more to this book then money, glamour, and skyscrapers. This book continues the format where the story is being told from multiple character POV’s. This book covers forbidden love, a con artists, deceit, and action from beginning to end. This book is very different then the first one which is what I loved. Calliope Brown was a new character introduced in this book which added another level of intrigue to the story. The author expanded on the futuristic feel of this book and included different gadgets for the reader to get an idea of what this world is really like. 

“Even if nothing happens between you and Atlas, you aren’t really going to let that girl get away with trying to seduce him and steal from him, are you?”

Their troubles were real and their pain was authentic. Their stories might differ but heartache, grief, and love are timeless emotions experienced by characters and readers alike. Which is what makes this book twice as interesting as the first one.

I definitely recommend this book, because the author created something unique in this sequel and I can’t wait to read the next book.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!!!



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