The Towering Sky is the last audiobook I listened to in 2018 and it was a great one to end the year! I’m a massive fan of the previous two books; The Thousandth Floor and The Dazzling Heights so to say I was excited for this book was an understatement.
Storyline wise, the book picked up right after the event in The Dazzling Heights. The story is written just like how it was in the first two books; divided into 5 POVs – Avery, Leda, Watt, Rylin, and Calliope. I have to say that the first half of the book were pretty much a summary of what happened to each character. The story only started to pick up in the second half of the book.
Avery – love triangle and her father’s campaigning; what’s new?
Let’s start with Avery. I don’t know what to feel about Avery. I started out the series really liking her but in this book? I have mixed feelings; I’m not sure what to feel about this girl. Since the second half of the previous book, I wasn’t sure I liked Avery as much I did in the beginning of the series. However, in this book I understand that there is new situation playing out here with her father campaigning for the Mayor of New York and she had to play the role of the perfect daughter. At this point, she had enough. She wanted to be free from all the pressure. Put her love life on top of that; should she stay with Max or come back to Atlas? Max himself is a very much welcomed character. He provided the much needed humour and lightness in Avery’s intense life. While I’ve read many people sort of complain about the ending for Avery, I personally loved it. I felt relieved for her. I can’t say much about it but I would like to know what you think about the ending for Avery.
You’ll root for Leda and Watt
Leda and Watt’s stories are expectedly intertwined. Honestly at this point of the story, I just wanted the best for Leda. She had so many questions; about herself and the circumstances in her life. I wasn’t her biggest fan in the previous books, but The Towering Sky managed to turn it around. Leda in the book is definitely a new one. She realized all her mistakes, felt remorse and wanted to be better. I found myself rooting for her to get better and for her to be with Watt.
Rylin + Cord Forever
Rylin is my favourite character since the first book. Storyline wise, it was mostly about Rylin and Cord. They are my favourite couple in the book, so I wasn’t complaining that there are so many Rylin + Cord in the book. This book definitely gives this couple closure.
Calliope got her second chance
Calliope is another character that I ended up really enjoy in the book. In this one, she had to “suffer” with her mum marrying Nadav and Calliope had to follow his rule. Let’s be honest; following rules has never been Calliope’s strongest suit. Surprisingly, I enjoyed her romance with Cord’s brother. It was unexpected but just felt good for Calliope. After all, she deserved happiness and she was happy with Cord’s brother.
All in all, I enjoyed the book despite the recap of previous books in the first half of the book. The Towering Sky is the perfect ending for the series. When I started the book, I was excited to go back to this universe and I left feeling satisfied and happy with the ending. I will definitely miss the story and the characters after this. Thank you for the amazing series, Katharine McGee!
The Towering Sky Audiobook Review
The book is narrated by the same narrator from the previous book and I really enjoyed it! I have to admit that Phoebe Strole is one of the reasons I decided to enjoy the book in its audiobooks format. I didn’t quite enjoy audiobooks before but after listening to The Dazzling Heights which is also narrated by Phoebe Strole, I started to enjoy this format. Yes, you can say that Phoebe Strole’s voice got me into audiobook.
The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee
Welcome back to New York, 2119. A skyscraper city, fueled by impossible dreams, where the lives of five teenagers have become intertwined in ways that no one could have imagined.
Leda just wants to move on from what happened in Dubai. Until a new investigation forces her to seek help—from the person she’s spent all year trying to forget.
Rylin is back in her old life, reunited with an old flame. But when she starts seeing Cord again, she finds herself torn: between two worlds, and two very different boys.
Calliope feels trapped, playing a long con that costs more than she bargained for. What happens when all her lies catch up with her?
Watt is still desperately in love with Leda. He’ll do anything to win her back—even dig up secrets that are better left buried.
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?
In this breathtaking finale to The Thousandth Floor trilogy, Katharine McGee returns to her vision of 22nd-century New York: a world of startling glamour, dazzling technology, and unthinkable secrets. After all, when you have everything… you have everything to lose.