The Dazzling Heights – Spoiler Free Review
I wanted to say a huge thank you to the wonderful people at Harper Collins NZ for sending me a copy of The Dazzling Heights, so that I could review it for all my lovely readers. I’ve been looking forward to reading this one and letting you all know what I thought, and finally I have my review up for you now.
Author: Katharine McGee
Published: August 2017 by Harper Collins
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Drama, Mystery
Page count: 320
Sourced: Harper Collins NZ
Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives.
LEDA is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires WATT, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal?
When RYLIN receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.
AVERY is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together?
And then there’s CALLIOPE, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count.
Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….
– Harper Collins NZ
The Dazzling Heights is the second installment of Katharine McGees ‘The Thousandth Floor’ trilogy. I really enjoyed the first book ‘The Thousandth Floor’, and you can find my review of that HERE, so I went into The Dazzling Heights expecting to love it. Unfortunately I can’t say that I loved it… I mean, I liked it and will definitely read the final installment to find out what happens, but it didn’t really draw me in like the first book did.
We start The Dazzling Heights the same way we started The Thousandth Floor, with a short prologue giving us a little mysterious taste of what is to come. This always draws me in, makes me excited and eager to keep reading to find out what exactly happened. Unfortunately after the prologue it kind of went downhill for me. I found the first 1/2 of the book very slow and repetitive. A lot of conversations about the same things, and not enough new developments for my liking. If I’m being 100% honest, I put this book down around 135 pages and then didn’t pick it up again for weeks. I just was not interested.
However, when I did pick it back up things started to speed up more and more as the book progressed. By the time I got to the end, I was on the edge of my seat and very excited for the next installment. I managed to finish the rest of the book in a few days, which was much better than my attempt at reading the first half, and I wish I had pushed through the slower part sooner!
Once again, the story was told from many different points of view which is something I really enjoy. I find it adds an extra layer to both the individual characters plot and the overall plot too. There is one particular character that we don’t get a point of view from, named Cord, and I am hoping that happens in the third book. I would really like to learn more about him.
However we were introduced to a new character in The Dazzling Heights named ‘Calliope’, and I actually think her story line was one of the more interesting in the entire book. I was always happy to see a chapter from her point of view, to learn more about her past and what she was planning for her future. She is mysterious and intriguing, and her character developed quite a bit over the course of the book.
There are a few characters from the previous book who get a fair amount of Character Development, which you should all know by now is my favourite part of a story! I really enjoyed Rylin’s journey, and Leda had a lot of development (even if it was a little sudden for my liking). Unfortunately I found that most of the characters stayed the same throughout this book, without much change or development. Hopefully they get a bit more time to grow in the next installment, in particular the character of Avery. I think she has so much more potential as a character and would really like to see some different sides to her.
So overall I would say that this is an enjoyable book. It’s not great, and I definitely enjoyed the first one more, but it was still good enough that it has me eager for the release of the third and finale installment. If you enjoyed The Thousandth Floor, then I definitely recommend you read The Dazzling Heights for more drama and mystery!