The Dazzling Heights

The sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Thousandth Floor

New York, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amidst 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 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. And in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

The sumptuous second book in the bestselling Thousandth Floor series has all the drama, romance and hidden secrets that landed the first book in this series at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.

I read Katharine McGee’s first book in this series, The Thousandth Floor, in one sitting because it was so different and intriguing in concept. She created a whole world built on tech that somehow seemed improbable but doable at the same time. In one sense the technology that her characters depend on and interact with in order to make their lives work became a character unto itself especially when one of them has a quantum computer implanted in his brain. What that computer can do made me a little jealous and wishing I could have one.

If all of that wasn’t enough she ended on a jaw dropping cliffhanger that made me want to throw the book across the room because I was so on edge and now NEEDED to know what was going to happen next.

McGee has FINALLY taken pity on all of us and has her sequel ready; you are going to LOVE IT! In case it wasn’t obvious, you MUST read The Thousandth Floor before this one or the story continuation and a lot of the character interactions won’t make sense or have the same impact.

We obviously find out what happened post cliffhanger and honestly I was a little irritated for quite a while at how it played out. I don’t want to say too much for those who read the first one, and like me, have been not so patiently waiting to know. However, by the end I felt much better at how things were handled because of the evolutions in the personality, sense of responsibility and so forth made me realize that what happened was obviously not okay but I was holding it up to a level of judgement that far exceeded the intentions of the character.

It is really hard not to divulge too much detail, but still talk about a main plot point which essentially the whole second book revolves around, when you don’t want to give stuff away!

Yet again McGee had me blowing through this in one sitting not just because I needed to see how this was all going to play out but she makes these people so real, the settings so interesting, the technology completely jealous for, and the intrigue of it all addicting.

This I will tell you – she ends on ANOTHER cliffhanger that feels EVEN MORE “WTH??!!” than the first. Seriously McGee are you trying to give us all heart attacks from the stress of waiting to see what happens?

Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for allowing me to review this!

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*synopsis and image from Amazon

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