Note that my review is not spoiler free. Please do not read beyond this point if you wish to remain unspoiled.
I do want to focus on my love of the character and world development for a moment, because I'm still in awe. Like I said above, she incorporates the sci-fi elements into the world-building. However, McGee furthers the building of this futuristic world by giving us glimpses into even more parts of it. I thought I knew the Tower and its different amenities and aspects, but I was so wrong. We travel with the different characters, experiencing different floors, learning that there is a whole Farm from midTower to the upper floors that supplies produce, that there is so much to explore. And with the characters, nothing is straightforward, cut and dry. Everything is a mess of grey, and it is hard to tell by the end who is the villain--they each have their flaws, their redeeming features, their low and high points. They became real, their emotions raw and utterly human.
Is Leda the bad person? Is Avery as perfect as everyone perceives her? Is love enough? Does Watt despise Leda? Could Avery and Leda ever be friends again? Everything that had been established in the first book--expect every bit of it to be turned upside down and shaken, because everything you thought you knew changes. I give The Dazzling Heights a bitchin' 5/5 stars.
You can find order information for both The Thousandth Floor and The Dazzling Heights at the following site links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Book Depository. (There are other book retailers that carry the series. These are the retailers I purchase from most often.)
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