Wasn’t this city full of people from nowhere, people who remade themselves the moment they arrived?
Leda just wants to move on from what happened in Dubai. Rylin is back in her old life, reunited with an old flame. Calliope feels trapped, playing a long con that costs more than she bargained for. Watt is still desperately in love with Leda.
And now that Avery is home from England—with a new boyfriend, Max—her life seems more picture-perfect than ever. So why does she feel like she would rather be anything but perfect?
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3 / 5
The Towering Sky, like the rest of the Thousandth Floor trilogy, was definitely a guilty pleasure sort of read. It was gossipy, it was dramatic, it had forbidden (and disturbing love), and was generally full of love, lust, and lies. And I loved it for it. However, The Towering Sky felt pretty much the same as The Dazzling Heights – it almost felt like I was reading the same book.
Leda had learned the hard way what happened when you went digging for secrets you were never meant to learn
One of the things I love the most about this series is how complicated it is, yet how easy it is to slip back into. These characters are crazy. You need a little diagram to keep track of all the relationships between them, how they all know each other, what their secrets are and who knows them. Yet it was so simple to pick up The Towering Sky and fall back into the story, the author gently reminding you of all the previous book’s events as you go.
The book opens with the suspicious death of Mariel, Eris’ girlfriend, who drowned in a river. Avery, Watt, Leda, and Rylin are drawn back together by a police investigation that is slowly putting together the pieces that connect Mariel’s death to Eris’ and with it the nasty secrets of these four young people. I think the plot is why this book feels so much like the last one: Watt is after Leda but is worried that people will find out about Nadia; Rylin is after Cord but is concerned about her drug-dealing past; Leda is suffering with addiction and her actions in The Thousandth Floor; and Avery is trying to get over her one true incestuous love for Atlas. It’s all so very familiar.
Rylin was getting pretty sick of the boys in her life making decisions without bothering to consult her
Like in The Dazzling Heights, I think my favourite character was still Calliope: she of the changing lives and the con artist lifestyle. Calliope and her mother have decided to stay in New York and actually go through with this marriage, but Calliope’s new sister-in-law has it out for her and she’s finding it terribly difficult to adhere to the image of a straight-laced bohemian do-gooder. What I also liked was the ending. The culmination of all the secrets, all the lies, coming to a boiling point and the outburst of drama. McGee knows how to write a good ending.
The Towering Sky is perhaps the weakest book in the trilogy. But that doesn’t stop it being an enjoyable, drama-filled page-turner.
My thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of The Towering Sky.