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The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee


RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕

Published: August 29, 2017

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 422



“There are good parts and bad parts, as with most things in life. But I think you’ll find that after a time, the good outweighs the bad.”



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.


This is the second book in The Thousandth Floor trilogy by Katharine McGee. The Thousandth Floor follows the story of 5 different people whose lives get intertwined with lies and secrets. It was sold to me as a futuristic Gossip Girl and I could say that it indeed has some similarities. But I think it’s more of a Pretty Little Liar kind of story as we dived into the book and figured out who is the person who died and who is at fault.

To be honest, after finishing the first book, I am quite hesitant to read the second book because I could already imagine how the story would unfold after that ending. However, the author proves me wrong. I think it’s because I have a very low expectation with this book that I truly enjoy the direction that the author was taking in the story. I did not expect her to develop the plot like that.

The character developments of each characters are excellent. We get to see them grow, specially Rylin; she is my favorite character in this trilogy and the way she expands her horizon is just wonderful to watch. Also the addition of the new character has added some flare to the story; I like Calliope in a way because of her cheekiness. Also, I am rooting for a couple here that I never knew I could root so hard for. They’re probably one of my new OTPs.

Another thing that I like about this book is the new mystery that the characters are trying to uncover. Just when I thought I know what’s going on, I was proven wrong.

I know this book is not perfect, but compared to the first book, it really surprised me and I became more attached to the characters as well. I think this is my favorite book in the whole trilogy.


I highly recommend this to people who loves stories like Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl. It is enjoyable and would be a perfect guilty pleasure reads.


Till next time!



A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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