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The Dazzling Heights: The Thousandth Floor, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Compelling, character-driven mystery among wealthy teens.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Good series, just not for most teenagers

As an adult, I am enjoying the series, but I wouldn't let me teenager read it. The series portrays it as completely normal for all teenagers to be involved with drugs, drinking, and sex [SPOILER: even incestuous sex]. Parents and other authority figures are shown as not having an issue with the continual underage drinking and are either oblivious or turn a blind eye to most of the other inappropriate behavior. My kid enjoys book series that are futuristic/otherworldly/ science fiction, but there are plenty of other series out there that actually have good role models to choose from.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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Is It Any Good?

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This appealing second helping of the same place, time, characters, and setup as the first book offers some new twists and intriguing new characters. Author Katharine McGee once again does a great job balancing character development and world building with advancing the plot. She's also made it easy to jump right into The Dazzling Heights and follow along, although those who read the popular The Thousandth Floor will have a deeper appreciation and understanding of the characters.

Lots of teen appeal here, as the glamorous, super-rich high schoolers of New York in the year 2118 navigate their world of ultimate luxury and the latest in high tech. But it's a character-driven mystery, and readers will relate to every character in some way and be equally intrigued by all of them. Those who've read the first book may find this one less suspenseful. The identical setup of flashing back from a dead body at the very beginning, not knowing who it is or how she died, makes you pretty confident you'll find out everything in the end. Or will you? And speaking of endings, some of the characters reach the end of their satisfying arcs, but there are plenty of loose ends, and even a cliffhanger, that'll make fans eager for another installment.

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