The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor Series #2)

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor Series #2)

by Katharine McGee


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The sequel to theNew 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.

Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Big Little Lies, 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062418623
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Thousandth Floor Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 203,859
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Katharine McGee is from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years living in a second-floor apartment in New York City that she kept daydreaming about skyscrapers . . . and then she started writing. She now lives in Philadelphia. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel and The Dazzling Heights her second.

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The Dazzling Heights 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing sequel to The Thousandth Floor. A must read.
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS has all the glitz, the glam, and the drama of THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR, so if you liked the first book in this sparkling series, then I guarantee you will love this one as well. All our favorite characters from book one are back...most of them anyway, and boy-oh-boy are they badder then ever. Never having been a New York high-society gal myself, I can't attest to whether or not all that beauty and privilege truly is accompanied by this much drama, but for me, it is incredibly entertaining to read about! I simply cannot get enough of it. Katharine McGee introduces us to some new and, of course, complicated characters in THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS. They proved to be such fantastic new additions to the cast. There is also a new romance that I shipped, and I shipped it hard! I can't wait to fangirl over it with some of you! The stakes for each of these characters is constantly at such a high, which is definitely part of the reason why I am continuously glued to the pages. The way the author blends all the individual story lines together makes for a plot that is fast-paced, entertaining, and utterly addictive. The structure of the story itself is very similar to that of THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR, and at the beginning I wasn't quite sure if I was going to really enjoy that, but the way Katherine McGee tied it all together in the end was absolutely brilliant and definitely has me anxiously awaiting the release of the next book in the series. My one complaint about THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS would be that I wanted to see more of the tower itself. The world that Katherine McGee has created in these stories is gorgeous, glittering, and a place that my imagination just adores living in. There were a few cool new techy elements, but this novel didn't have the same level of focus on the setting as the first book did, and I did miss that a bit. I would love to see more of this phenomenal setting in book three. I really, REALLY enjoyed this book. I finished it days before rating it, because I kept going back and forth between a four or five star rating. If Goodreads did half stars, this would definitely be a 4.5 for me. This is one of my favorite YA series currently on the market, and I simply cannot wait for more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dazzling Heights is a cliff hanger. I hate to say it but it is. Most of the same characters are back from the first book, and they’re tangled up in even more lies. Avery is still fighting for Atlas, while covering up her tracks to do so. Leda is having trouble coping with Eris’ death, but she finds hope in an unlikely relationship. Rylin is thrown into a new, uncharted world where she doesn’t know if she can survive in. A stranger, liar, and con, Calliope, is new in town, and she has her eye on the prize. And lurking in the darkness is a broken hearted girl hungry for revenge. New towers and new problems arise in this sequel. The book was an intense page turner. I don’t know how I will be able to wait until the third book is published. Katherine McGee has outdone herself with beautiful descriptions all throughout the book which makes reading it worth while.
TheBookLife More than 1 year ago
THAT CLIFFHANGER!!! "It's always the same isn't it? Here they were, halfway around the world, and yet everyone was stuck in their little loops - engaging in the old tired flirtations, doomed to the same disappointments." How am I supposed to wait until the third book is released, REALLY?!! Everyone's lives are filled with drama, everyone's got a secret, and everyone's blackmailing someone AND I LOVE IT! I find myself craving to learn what the next big thing is that will send everyone spiraling out of control. There is a lot of aftermath from Book 1 but I found that Katharine did a great job creating new character dynamic with the same setting. I have found that I have looked differently at several characters, some I still hate and but new ones I've grown to like.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
In Short: This book was ADDICTIVE, filled with drama and twists at every turn, set in a futuristic New York that will blow your mind and even after you’ve read all four hundred pages of this book, you will be desperate for more. When I went into The Dazzling Heights, I was under the impression that this book was the second part of a duology, but as I got closer and closer to the ending of this book, I knew that there was no way all the storylines would be tied up by the end of it and so I was SO HAPPY to see that there would be another book, effectively making this a trilogy. I honestly cannot WAIT for 2018 where I get to meet all these characters again. Despite the fact that I LOVED book one, The Thousandth Floor, one of my biggest troubles while I read the book was getting to know and then remembering the varying storylines for each character. When I opened The Dazzling Heights, I did not face that problem. Katharine McGee’s writing managed to pull me from India 2017 to New York 2118, with her cast of characters so seamlessly, I was a little astounded. Where I craved more drama in book one, book two did not STOP with the drama and the twists and character growth AND the vibrant futuristic technology. In short, this book was a truly brilliant masterpiece. THOUGHTS: 1. The Thousandth Floor series has all the right elements – New York City in the FUTURE, a huge thousand floor tower that will make your imagination soar, characters that will remind you of the days you were a Gossip Girl junkie and twists and technology that is unparalleled. 2. I struggled to find a favourite character in this book because they ALL grew on me so much. I loved that we saw a more human side to Avery, both a compassionate and ruthless side to Leda, and the fact that Watt, Rylin, Cord and Nadia grew as characters in general. 3. I LOVED meeting all of the characters again and reading about them and their lives. They seem like such real people, and yet live a century in the future – THAT’S how good this book is. 4. The only thing about this book that I didn’t like was Avery and Atlas’ relationship. I just didn’t feel anything about it. I didn’t feel the chemistry, I didn’t even think they were a good fit for each other, with the exception of the Forbidden Love thing. 5. When we were first introduced to Calliope – the one main new character in this book, I thought I wouldn’t like her because of the undoubted havoc she was going to cause in the lives of my favourite characters. And yet, I was so glad that she too told a major part of the story through her view points, because by the end of the book, I genuinely respected this girl too. 6. I also wish that there had been more about Eris herself. I feel like she was mostly glossed over and hardly emotionally dealt with by all the characters in this book and I wish it had been done better. Despite the fact that I have minor problems with this book, I LOVED IT SO MUCH THAT I READ IT IN JUST. ONE. DAY. (all while my final exams were going on) Katharine McGee’s BRILLIANT world had me spellbound and addicted with its perfect characters, technology and the twists that just keep coming. A series TRULY worth reading
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Celestial_Blackrose More than 1 year ago
❝ Her arm was outstretched, as though she were reaching toward someone she loved, or maybe to ward off some unspoken danger, or maybe even in regret over something she had done. The girl had certainly made enough mistakes in her too-short lifetime. But she couldn’t have known that they would all come crashing down around her tonight. After all, no one goes to a party expecting to die.❞ This book had me hooked from the first page. Really, I mean, how could it not when it tells you right away in the prologue that you’re going to lose one of the characters?! I really love the way the book is set up for just that reason because once you know you’re worried for all those characters you get attached to along the way. You’re reading carefully for hints about who it could be and what leads up to it. There was one difference between this book and the first book which was a little disappointing, and that was the big dramatic reveals. In the first book, there was all this drama coming up between characters because we were just getting to know them. We were finding out their secrets and past, seeing how complex their relationships were with one another, etc. There was a lot of setup in the first book which left the big dramatic reveals kind of lacking in this one. Although, I still really enjoyed the book because all the drama/reveals from the first book made me really invested in the characters for this book. Dazzling Heights took everything from the first book and built on it in a different way. We got to see characters grow and change, to see how they reacted and rebuilt their life after the tragedy on the roof–which I personally enjoyed. Still, I think if you were really into the style of the first book then you should just be aware that this book isn’t necessarily as… I guess “intense” as the last book? The suspense is still there, but this book just went more into their personal lives as individual arcs than in their interactions with one another—at least compared to The Thousandth Floor. ❝ Nadia? he asked, but she didn’t answer, and he knew with a sinking feeling what that meant. For the first time in his life, Watt had confronted her with a problem that she truly couldn’t solve.❞ As I mentioned, the characters really grew and changed in this book. I think out of everyone I was the most surprised by the turn Leda’s character took. I won’t go into it too much because I don’t want to ruin it, but I really liked watching her development in relation to the other characters and how she gradually turned things around. I especially enjoyed reading her romantic relationship with a certain character. I thought it was funny and ironic, but I also thought it was oddly cute and felt kinda right. Overall, I really approve of how her character developed. I’m going to also put a spotlight on Calliope since she is the new character added into the book. She made for an interesting addition simply because of the fact that she and her mother were con artists, but it also added some romantic drama when she started going after Atlas as her new target. Really, I think the book needed that since Leda had pretty much given up on him. She was another character whose development I really enjoyed. It was a bit predictable at first, but I was rooting for her towards the end. I really wanted things to work out for her. Again, I won’t ruin what happens with her, so moving on! And obviously, I have to talk about the star of the show: Avery. In the last book,
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Warning: spoilers for The Thousandth Floor might come up in this review. You know what? the magic of The Thousandth Floor which had me enamoured enough to give it a 4 star, has faded! I liked that one more for the rosy picture it painted of a technologically advanced future, but still with some realistic teenage issues. This book was, on the other hand, simply put, a mess. Now, The Thousandth Floor (TTF) had ended with an accidental murder (I will call it murder, damn it, since she tried to cover it up) and the blurb for this one went something along the lines of 'guilt! secrets! blackmail! revenge!' and I geared myself up for a PLL-esque plot. Cliche, I know, but a comforting cliche. Especially when this series is just a futuristic Gossip Girl on crack. (I'm sorry I was blinded by the tech-filled future in TTF and wholly ignored this fact) A thing which I did not particularly care for in TTF was Avery and Atlas. They are both so generic and boring and the incest plot is frankly disturbing. (No, I don't care that they are not related by blood - they were brought up as siblings and that makes it incest in my eyes, okay?) I don't know why or how McGee thought that incest was the Next Hot Thing, but I could swear half of this book is Avery pining and hooking up with Atlas - which and honestly made me go - 'Girl, your best friend died! Shed a tear or two maybe?' Honestly, Leda had much more of a reaction to that death, (I mean, obviously, still...) and she got a decent character arc in this book, which was a step up from her 'stalker-ex' arc in the earlier book. Her 'blackmail-everyone' arc isn't morally better, but was easier to digest because she at least shows some remorse and grief over the fact. If you were hoping for a revenge arc like me, you are bound to be disappointed, dear reader-of-my-review, because Mariel doesn't appear for a a huge portion of the book. There are barely any stakes in the book - nearly everyone is carrying on with pretty much the same life as before. We have a slightly interesting character in Calliope, but even she let me down, because the blurb promised something and the book did not deliver dammit! (his is why you don't exaggerate stuff in blurbs to heighten anticipation, btw). A large portion of the story still revolved around teenage hook-ups (yawn), and everyone kissing everyone (it gets fairly repetitive at some point). And you know what enraged me more -all the couples/hook-ups were allocishets! I feel like Eris was made the Token LGBT character and then killed off for shock value, and I won't even go into how much that irked me the second time around. Going back to the technical aspects, the writing is still pretty good and the world-building interesting, I agree. But those are first-novel aspects I value - in sequels I judge more harshly on other things like characterization and this one could not satisfy me. No amount of 'look holographic waterfalls' could distract me from how shallow the plot of the book turned out to be. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Harper Collins, via Edelweiss.