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The Glass Republic (The Skyscraper Throne #2)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  265 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Pen’s life is all about secrets: the secret of the city’s spirits, deities and monsters her best friend Beth discovered, living just beyond the notice of modern Londoners; the secret of how she got the intricate scars that disfigure her so cruelly – and the most closely guarded secret of all: Parva, her mirror-sister, forged from her reflections in a school bathroom mirror ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Jo Fletcher Books
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4.5 stars

I absolutely loved The City's Son when I read it last year, Tom Pollock has created one of the most unique and fascinating worlds that I've read about in a long time and his imagination is astounding so I was excited to see where he would take us next in The Glass Republic. Where the first book was mainly focused on Beth this sequel definitely gives her best friend Pen a chance to shine. Pen was my favourite character in the first book so I was really looking forward to seeing more of h
Gina Brown
Aug 03, 2013 Gina Brown rated it it was amazing
I loved The City's Son and was doubtful that the author could pull off a sequel of equal measure, but boy was i wrong. I adored it, such a thought-provoking fantasy. As beautiful as it is entertaining.
Liz Barnsley
Feb 03, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Jo Fletcher Books for the review copy.

Pen’s life is all about secrets: the secret of the city’s spirits, deities and monsters her best friend Beth discovered, living just beyond the notice of modern Londoners; the secret of how she got the intricate scars that disfigure her so cruelly – and the most closely guarded secret of all: Parva, her mirror-sister, forged from her reflections in a school bathroom mirror.

So a little while back I read the first of the SkyScraper Throne novels “
Nov 23, 2016 Fluffy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I am struggling with these ones.

The setting is incredibly creative and the imaginative creations are really intriguing. However (as my struggle statement indicated to you), I am finding it really difficult regarding the story progression. The story ebbs and waves so for long stretches my interest dwindles to be suddenly piqued and then dwindles again...
I also am really not too keen on the characters. They just aren't connecting with me and I feel that there's just a little too many abstract conc
Kateřina Petrusová
Fantazie pana Pollocka mě nepřestává udivovat ♥
Nov 11, 2013 Jasper rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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A few weeks back I read Tom Pollock's debut, The City's Son, and I was left quite speechless. It was something totally new, the world that Tom Pollock envisioned definite had a lot of alluring features and really managed to set itself apart in the competitive world of alluring features. In this first book in the series we were introduced to several characters and even though Fil isn't featuring in the second book, Beth and Pen more mak
Sep 06, 2013 Mieneke rated it it was amazing
Last year I reviewed Pollock's debut The City's Son , the first book in his The Skyscraper Throne trilogy, and I completely adored it. I loved it so much I had a hard time reviewing it without gushing. And while I love The Glass Republic just as much and its protagonist Pen is amazing, there were some things that bothered me. These were mostly to do with the ending and some smaller details, as the plot is just amazing and I was completely drawn back into Pollock's very creative world.

One of the
Milo (BOK)
The Review:

“Wow. If you thought that Tom Pollock could not get any better, think again - The Glass Republic cements The Skyscraper Throne Trilogy’s place as one of the greatest urban fantasy works that I’ve had the pleasure to read, and we haven’t even had the third book yet. If you enjoyed books by Neil Gaiman or Kate Griffin then you’ll love this series.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The City’s Son was a book that made it onto my ‘Best 25 nove
Oct 14, 2016 Lulu rated it it was amazing

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I previously read the first book of this series, The City’s Son, back in April and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of a YA version of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. So, when I was approached to review the sequel, I was extremely excited! I wanted to know how the story continued for Beth without Fil, and how Pen was able to piece her life back together. Let me tell you, The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock completely BLOWS the first book out of the water. I
Jul 26, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
I hate Tom Pollock. There, I’ve finally said it. I’m sorry if this upsets you, but it’s true. He’s just so bloody good at the whole urban fantasy thing. Damn him and his bucket-loads of talent. Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed The City’s Son. It was undeniably entertaining stuff, but it turns out that The Glass Republic is even better. Building successfully on the promise shown by its predecessor, it’s just great from beginning to end.

Parva ‘Pen’ Khan is the focus in The Glass Republic. She su
Mar 23, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
The continuation of Pollock's "The City's Son," this book is freaking dynamite. It takes the world he built in the series' first novel and expands it, throwing one of the characters from the first novel into a new world just as strange as the one he created in the first book. Not a dull moment, full of intrigue and inventiveness and suspense and more. Go read the first book, then read this one, so I'm not all alone in waiting on tenterhooks for book 3 to come out.

Sep 18, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, and felt it went a bit more in depth with the issues of the world the story inhabits. Nothing like a look at the corporate push of beauty ideals within a dystopic universe to inspire the kiddos, eh?
I'm sure I would have devoured this as a teenager as well.
Catherine  (LBPQBooks)
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Sissy Lu
Feb 11, 2017 Sissy Lu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Admittedly, I didn't read the first book, which meant as I read this book I realized it was essential that I did. I read on and found myself utterly lost, confused and if someone asked me what the book was about I'd have grimaced and scratched my head as I did my best to sum it up.

That was my fault, partially. It's not written in a way to give you a glimpse of what happened in the prior book.

I still don't grasp the entire story, but what I did come to learn is
May 16, 2014 Cynthia rated it it was amazing

(Find the original review and more at Jellyfish Reads.)



I don't even know how to write this review? All I want to do is curl up in a corner and clutch this book to me (it's a pity I only have the Kindle edition) and cry about Pen. Wonderful, beautiful Pen.

Okay. Um. Let me just. Gather my thoughts. *deep breath*

Tom Pollock is one cruel author.

This book was amazing. I really liked the first book, and I knew I would probably like this one even
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Pen's been through hell and back with the scars to prove it. All for her best friend Beth, who dragged her into a world of spirits, deities and monsters. When her mirror sister Parva, forged from her reflections in a school bathroom mirror, goes missing Pen determines to track her down - no matter the cost! She pays the price to enter London-Under-Glass and must trade her most valuable commodity
Ginny - Tales from the Great East Road
See my review of this book, and many more, at Tales from the Great East Road.

Parva “Pen” Khan has survived a brutal attack from a living mass of barbed wire. Well, if you can call this surviving. Covered in scars all over her body, with a face that people recoil from, Pen is trying to get her normal life back. But it’s not easy: with her best friend Beth turned into a living embodiment of the city of itself, pressure from her fellow classmates to tell them what happened, feeling that her face is
Aug 23, 2013 Cindy rated it it was amazing
I liked the “City’s Son”, liked, not loved. It was an imaginative, original book, but for the first part it lacked the connection I so value with the characters. I liked it enough though to read the second book “The Glass Republic”, which I received from Jo Fletcher Books (seriously, thank you!). I’d read raving reviews about “The Glass Republic” before starting it, so I began my second journey into Pollock’s London with high expectation. And boy, it didn’t disappoint. Not at all. Such a great b ...more
Jun 22, 2013 Shaheen rated it it was amazing
Sequels! They're so hard to read, what with the agonising fear that they won't live up to the first book, the book that started the love affair, and will instead shatter our everything inside us. Nope, it's just me that feels that way. Hmmmmm.

It doesn't matter, because Tom Pollock writes a mind-blowing sequel with The Glass Republic, adding spice to the story he began in The City's Son by switching protagonists and introducing a previously unexplored aspect of his alternate-world London. I loved
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Oct 10, 2013 Nina (Death, Books, and Tea) rated it really liked it
Review: After the events of The City's Son, Pen has been left with scars over face, and with Parva, her sister of a kind-a double in London Under-Glass, the reflection of the city found in the mirrors. Pen's been trying to get back to normalcy, but one day, Parva isn't in the mirror. What is in the mirror is blood. After making a deal with the Chemical Synod, Pen travels through London Under-Glass, passing as
her mirror sister, a countess and the Face of the Looking Glass Lottery, and gets pulled
Nov 15, 2012 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Lately, I start a series and never get beyond book one. I just can’t. Especially if I really enjoyed book one. I’m afraid. Afraid of disappointment. Like when you go to your favorite restaurant and order the same meal because you know it’s totally awesome and one day you decide to order something else because ordering the same thing every night for five years makes you sort of boring. But when they bring the different meal you take a bite and instantly think “I should have stuck with what I alwa ...more
Brenda Ayala
Dec 29, 2016 Brenda Ayala rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved the world building here. I have not read the first in the series, but if that world has even a fraction of the description this one has, I'm sure it's a success. Unfortunately, I wasn't all that enthused about the plot.

I'm struggling to understand my own feelings about it, but I think what it comes down to was the lack of originality with the plot itself. As stated previously the world is fabulous--half faces and mirrorstocracy (did I spell that right?) and buying and selling body parts
Aug 04, 2013 Ellie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Pen’s a survivor. Returning to school, she dreads showing her scarred face among her classmates and them finding out about her and Salt. Her best friend Beth isn’t around much anymore either; what Fil wished for her is transforming her into a daughter of the city. Then Pen sees her reflection in the school bathroom, the other her who she has come to call a friend, and she’s in trouble. She must find a way to get beyond the mirrors and find Parva before it’s too late.

Oh poor Pen. My heart breaks
Chris Whybrow
Aug 17, 2014 Chris Whybrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can Tom Pollock give middle book syndrome a real kick to the teeth?

Of course he can.

The Skyscrapper Throne continues, exchanging Beth Bradley for Parva 'Pencil' Khan as the main protagonist, London for London-Under-Glass as the location, and the fast-paced action of book one for something like a cross between a detective story and a political thriller. If 'The City's Son' is compared to 'Alice in Wonderland' then 'The Glass Republic' has got to be 'Through the Looking Glass'.**

When Parva 'Pencil
Amanda Shepard
Oct 22, 2016 Amanda Shepard rated it it was amazing

So, I received this book from NetGalley for review without realizing that this was a sequel. Nonetheless, despite being a bit confused in the beginning, I was fascinated by this world that Pollock has created. It's different than anything that I've read before, and it's inclusive in a way that many books in this genre aren't.

"Pen" Khan is used to holding secrets, especially since she and her best friend Beth discovered the secret monsters that inhabited London. The only person who truly understa
Jul 15, 2014 Louise rated it liked it
I think that the main reason I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first in the series is that unfortunately I was never really that interested in Pen as a character, I can never really summon the enthusiasm to worry about what happens to her. In the first book I kept rushing through her segments, eager to get past them and back to Beth's story, so a second book where it turns out Beth only appears for a couple of chapters and Pen is the main focus I really couldn't look forward to. I started ...more
Jan 10, 2016 Lucy rated it it was amazing
And finally, I've finished. It's taken some time and that is in no way a reflection of the book, it's just because life happens. Life happens and new books start to get written. I find that my reading of a book slows when I'm busy writing my own books.

The Glass Republic, follow up to The City's Son is yet another rollercoaster. We follow Pen's story in this second book, and just as the first, it's a gripping, compelling, deliciously dark fantasy. We follow her journey from trying to get over wh
Tac Anderson
Dec 27, 2013 Tac Anderson rated it really liked it
The worst part about reading this book is that it's not available yet in the US. The first book The City's Son is available but the US cover is heinous compared to the UK version. I blame the cover for it's lack of reception in the US. I actually don't know what the reception in the US was, but whatever it was it wasn't good enough.

Another reason I don't think the reception was that good was because I'm pretty certain a different publisher will be releasing the next book in the US. Which is why
May 27, 2014 Stuart rated it really liked it
I went straight into this after finishing the first one, and in a lot of ways this is just as good. Shifting over to Parva's story for the sequel is a great move, because it allows for that sense of someone relatively under powered shoved into a world they don't get that was present in the first.

Again, the writing is wonderful, and there's a level of invention around the stuff with the Mirrostocracy that keeps it original in ways that are hard to ignore.

There are only a couple of things that sto
Lauren Wagers
I was granted permission to read this book ahead of release through NetGalley. Thanks, NetGalley! This was a pretty neat book as far as descriptions and ideas are concerned. Every once in awhile I have looked in the mirror and thought about the idea of the person looking back at me being my identical replica that lived in an alternate reality behind the glass, but my imagination stopped there. This book kept that thought going and gave a whole life to the people behind the glass and it was super ...more
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Tom is a long-time fan of science fiction and fantasy, and has failed spectacularly to grow out of his obsession with things that don’t, in the strictest sense of the word, exist. He studied Philosophy and Economics at Edinburgh University. He now lives and works in London helping to build very big ships. The City’s Son is his first novel.
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