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Pretties by Scott Westerfeld


by Scott Westerfeld

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Series: Uglies (2)

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The Writing and Worldbuilding

It builds on the world Uglies established, expanding and giving insight into the behind the scenes of the society. I was annoyed with the whole ~love cures all~ thing, as well as aspects of the love triangle, as, at this point, they're very old tropes, but since this came out over ten years ago, before The Hunger Games even, I'll give it some free passes. The slight glorification of Zane's undernourishment and gaunt appearance wasn't okay, though. I understand why he was gaunt, but I don't understand why Tally thought it was attractive.

The Characters

Tally: My sister warned me that she is very annoying as a Pretty, but honestly, she wasn't really, and if she was, it wasn't for very long. She was just as proactive as she had been in book 1, and I still really liked her.

Zane: I'm not a fan of love triangles, but he was a super nice and I loved him. He was distinct from David and lovable in his own way.

Shay: I'm so sad my hyper, lovable Shay is gone forever :(

Fausto: I loved him! He wasn't super important, but he was funny and even in his few appearances, I got a good feel for his character.

Andrew Simpson Smith: My lovable caveman! ❤❤❤ I don't care that he's stereotypical and a sexist, I love him.


I read this in almost one sitting and in less than 24 hours, so I think they gives a general idea of how engrossed I was in this, and how much I generally really liked it, but I didn't totally love it or anything. To put it in pretty speech: It wasn't totally love-making (which sounds dirty, but I swear it isn't) ( )
  Faith_Murri | Jan 5, 2019 |
While I genuinely enjoyed this, there was a point — maybe 3/5 of the way through — where I said, "Wait, this book has the same plot flow of the first." Not a bad thing, especially for YA fiction, but...I hope this isn't the case for the third. ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
I really dislike Shay. Yep, really. She has reason to be angry with Tally--though I wish she'd consider the way Tally was blackmailed and threatened--and she has only the memories and feelings the operation allows her, but she's angry over David. Be angry over losing the life you wanted, Shay! Don't be angry over a boy!

Tally's feelings as a New-Pretty scared me. As I said talking about [b:Uglies|24770|Uglies (Uglies, #1)|Scott Westerfeld|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255574770s/24770.jpg|2895388], I understand the temptation. Who wouldn't want a life free of all the drama we go through? But there was a core of unhappiness in her, not just her feelings from before, but a basic unhappiness with the drinking and the parties.

The ending of the book killed me. It enforced my dislike of Shay, but more than that it upset me for Tally. She wanted to be a Pretty, but she never wanted to be a Special, and they gave her no choice. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
4 star on audio re-read. ( )
  avanders | Jul 31, 2018 |
Tally continually makes mistakes. I feel bad for David even more. God poor David. Shay's crazy! I think she's just there as a constant reminder of Tally's mistakes. It's annoying. Loved Zane. ( )
  AdrianaGarcia | Jul 10, 2018 |
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The kind of book I loved reading at 15 or 16: damned fine science fiction and damned fine yarns.
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Westerfeld, ScottAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corral, RodrigoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gordon, RussellCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jaskoll, YaffaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montbertrand, CarineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pelleteri, CarissaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Part I: Sleeping Beauty

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless.

- John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice, I
To the Australian SF community for all your acceptance and support.
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Getting dressed was always the hardest part of the afternoon.
Part II: The Cure

and kisses are a better fate

than wisdom

- e.e. cummings, "since feeling is first"
Part III: Outside

The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
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Gorgeous. Popular.

Perfect. Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun -- the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom -- is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally's ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what's wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life -- because the authorities don't intend to let anyone with this information survive.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:29 -0400)

Tally's transformation to perfect and popular including her totally hot boyfriend is everything she always wanted. But beneath the fun and freedom something is wrong and now Tally has to fight for her life because what she knows has put her in danger with the authorities.… (more)

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