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The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee


RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

Published: August 28, 2018

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 464



“There aren’t any happy endings in real life, because there aren’t any endings in life, only moments of change… There’s always another adventure, another challenge, another opportunity to find happiness or chase it away.”



Welcome back to New York, 2119. A skyscraper city, fueled by impossible dreams, where the lives of five teenagers have become intertwined in ways that no one could have imagined.

Leda just wants to move on from what happened in Dubai. Until a new investigation forces her to seek help—from the person she’s spent all year trying to forget.

Rylin is back in her old life, reunited with an old flame. But when she starts seeing Cord again, she finds herself torn: between two worlds, and two very different boys.

Calliope feels trapped, playing a long con that costs more than she bargained for. What happens when all her lies catch up with her?

Watt is still desperately in love with Leda. He’ll do anything to win her back—even dig up secrets that are better left buried.

And now that Avery is home from England—with a new boyfriend, Max—her life seems more picture-perfect than ever. So why does she feel like she would rather be anything but perfect?

In this breathtaking finale to The Thousandth Floor trilogy, Katharine McGee returns to her vision of 22nd-century New York: a world of startling glamour, dazzling technology, and unthinkable secrets. After all, when you have everything… you have everything to lose.



The last installment to The Thousandth Floor is quite a disappointment for me. It’s not that it is a bad conclusion but it did not quite meet my expectation. After the ending of the second book, I was excited to see how the story would unfold for the characters and how it will all come to an end. But the ending felt lacking for me.

I know that I could not write a proper review of this book if I will hold myself back so Spoiler Alert.

There are 3 things that I did not like about this book: Calliope, the plot twist and the ending.

Calliope played quite a huge part in the second book or so I thought. And after discovering Avery’s secret, I was thinking that she might be a nuisance or another villain in the story. I never quite understood her role in the whole story now after this book. She felt like a minor character, a filler of some sort. You could remove her story in this book or maybe even in the second book but it would not make much of a difference in the whole trilogy. It felt more like a novella incorporated in the second and last book. In the second book, she felt like a character that could wreck havoc to the others who will mess with her. But she feel so out of character in this book. And the biggest question of all, what is her role in the whole trilogy? I have a guess and it’s probably what happened with Avery in the ending but she could pull that off without giving a backstory of Calliope and her misadventures.

The next issue that I have is the plot twist. I am already aware about the drama and the issues of these characters since the first book. But I expected something with the Mariel and Eris investigation. The way that they figured out the killer’s identity is anti-climatic. I really rolled my eyes with that one. I expected more and I feel like that part of the story which should have been delved with deeper has been set aside and wrapped up hastily. The plot build up quite good, only to be delivered unsatisfactory for my taste.

And lastly, the ending. After that plot twist, we were given a resolution with Avery’s action which is quite questionable on my part. It’s like keeping the secret locked up and forgotten just like that. I am not fond of how Avery redeem her friend. However, I like how she pulled of her own stunt in this book. But once again, I was hoping that she pulled off that stunt and Atlas was her conspirator but that’s too good to hope for.

Even though I ranted a lot in this review, I still enjoy the majority of the book. Rylin’s character development is still on point. I really ship Cord and Rylin so hard. Also, Leda is redeemable in this book. But I really enjoyed the whole trilogy. I love each and everyone of them and their dramas. I also like Calliope in the second book though I felt disconnected from her as a character in this book.

I think I have ranted enough. I still highly recommend this trilogy. It is enjoyable and definitely a 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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