The Dazzling Heights by Katherine McGee {BOOK REVIEW}

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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.
— Goodreads

I didn’t review the predecessor to The Dazzling Heights, but damn am I hooked on these books! It’s like Gossip Girl but set in the future, and there is no shortage of bitchiness and drama. This is absolutely a guilty pleasure of mine, and I will probably read this series several times before I’m too old to be reading a book about high school drama.

Be warned, it’s over the top. There is weird-but-awesome tech—like pressing a single button and a mist of perfect makeup sprays gently onto your face. So bougie, and I need this tech yesterday. I’m also obsessed with the contacts—why carry a phone, computer, tablet, etc if you can just use contacts?

As was the custom in the first book, this one starts off with a very nondescript murder that you learn the identity of in the last 20 pages, and it introduces a new main character, Calliope. Honestly, out of all of the characters I probably understand Calliope the best, save for maybe Leda. Leda and I are anxiety and self esteem twins, but Calliope? I may not be a con-artist (not a spoiler), but I understand the struggle to figure out who you are and how you fit in with the people around you. Plus it sounds pretty glamorous, jetting around the world on someone else’s dime—felonies aren’t my jam, though, so alas that life is not for me.

The only character I really hated was Avery. She was absolutely ridiculous in this book, and I really had a hard time feeling any empathy towards her. Mostly she just came off as a spoiled, selfish, rich brat that is entirely consumed by her own life and her own struggles and is shitty towards her friends. Hopefully she’s less irritating in the final book, The Towering Sky.

Really, though, I loved this book so much more than I should have. It’s so indulgent and over the top, but it was so much fun too. If you loved Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars, this trilogy is for you.