The Dazzling Heights – Katharine McGee

Some spoilers from The Dazzling Heights and the first book The Thousandth Floor may occur. Please read with caution if you have not read these two books yet! **I do not reveal any major plot points! 

Title: The Dazzling Heights

Author: Katharine McAfee

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Teen fiction, sci-fi, futuristic, mystery

Page count: 422

My rating: 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

 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.

My thoughts: 

So I was a little peeved when I started reading this book because it started exactly the way the last book began: describing a crime scene where an unknown person is seemingly dead. So the rest of the book, you keeping asking yourself “who is this mystery person?” And “who done it?” Which with the first book was a great way to start! It hooked me from the beginning. This time I was a little upset that it started the same way so I immediately lowered my expectations of this plot. 

HOWEVER my mind was quickly changed as I was once again immersed into the brilliant, sci-fi, futuristic world of this series which is so skillfully crafted and laid out. I really appreciate the world building in this series. I quickly forgave the author for beginning this book in the exact same way because by the end, it made total sense. 

I said this in my review of The Thousandth Floor and I’ll say it again: this is like Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl rolled into one and set in a technology advanced society in the future. And yet somehow, even though its the age old story of rich, entitled kids finding themselves surrounded by a world of impossible secrets and dangerous people, The Dazzling Heights feels fresh and new. 

Bottom line is I was pleasantly surprised by this second installment and am impatiently awaiting the day when we learn the conclusion of this story. Definitely worth it to check out both of these books and be sure to read my review of the first book The Thousandth Floor here!

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