“The Dazzling Heights” by Katharine McGee (2017) Review

Rylin, Watt, Leda, Avery and co are back with more drama, romance and scandal in The Dazzling Heights, the sequel to The Thousandth Floor by New York Times Best Selling author Katharine McGee.

After the devastating events of The Thousandth Floor which left a beloved friend dead, The Dazzling Heights is a follow up and response to the event that happened at the end of the first book. Obvious spoiler warning (though why are you reading a review for the second book if you don’t want to know!) but Eris fell to her death from the top of the thousand-floor building set in 2118 New York. In this next chapter we explore how these friends move on. Will the truth come out? Will their friendships forever be broken? You’ll have to read to find out!

I immediately slipped in McGee’s world with ease and found myself much more invested in the world and characters this time round. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dislike them in the first book or anything like that, I just felt as though The Dazzling Heights felt more comfortable, although that can be expected as a series goes on.

Initially, the multiple point of views frustrated me in the first book but now I’m obsessed with it. Reading the story from multiple characters’ perspectives opens the world and grants the reader more information to work with. It also allows a group of characters to be the main cast of sorts as opposed to one singular protagonist.

Despite this, a character I started to slowly dislike in The Dazzling Heights was Avery. I so desperately wanted her character to be more than her relationship with Atlas and her love life, feeling as though it became too overpowering in The Dazzling Heights. Avery was explored in The Thousandth Floor as someone who was much more complex than her outer perfect shell. This felt lost in the second book and was replaced with a perfect little girl whose love life just wouldn’t work out. Okay, that might sound a little bit too harsh since I don’t dislike the character, I simply wished we got to see her in different environments and interacting with others, not have everything be about her love life. I hope things expand for her in the third book again. I’d love for her and Atlas to just hurry up and be together or not be together. Though many, many people would argue that romance is never that simple, especially when your love interest is your adoptive brother!

A relationship I did ‘ship’ was Rylin and Cord (Rylin + Cord = forever) but I was surprised by how very little we got to see these too interact after their falling out in The Thousandth Floor. Please McGee, let my ‘ship’ be real!

McGee took us further afield in The Dazzling Heights and I found it incredibly interesting. By further afield, I mean further than just New York in such locations as Dubai or Los Angeles. New York, especially the Tower, becomes a huge focus because everything is in the one building, in one place. You forget that there’s a big futuristic world out there and I loved that McGee expanded the horizons in the second book.

The Dazzling Heights shines as bright as it’s predecessor, perhaps even brighter and I can’t wait to see what’s revealed in the third book because after that ending (and oh what an ending it was!) I need more content and I can’t wait to see what mysteries unfold.


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An extra little note… The cover photo was created by me with the images sourced online. I don’t claim ownership of the images, I just love to edit.