My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Towering Sky is the third book in the Thousandth Floor series, which is Gossip Girls in a near-future sci-fi world. I really enjoyed listening to this book as an audiobook, because it was the perfect writing style and plot for relaxed listening. The characters were well acted and the world vividly described so that it grew like a glittering monolith in your mind, just as the tower did in New York City.
The story mainly revolves around Avery, Leda, Watt, Calliope, and Rylin – although Bryce, Chord, Atlas, and other familiar characters’ stories are interwoven throughout the narrative. The aspect that I really appreciated about this series was the characters and how dimensional they felt. This could have been incredibly superficial, and at times it was, but each of the characters had their own unique voices and motivations.
I found the plot to be intriguing but was not wholly satisfied by the conclusion of this series. I really appreciated the growth of the characters, but there was one storyline that seemed unfinished. Yes, it allows the reader to speculate what might happen next and dream up their own endings – but I wanted more of hands clasped and walking into the sunset moment that you can then dream future stories from rather than a separated by thousands of miles, but they’ll one day find one another moment. I just wanted that little piece of resolution and surety that it would happen – despite that though, I really enjoyed the book.