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Pretties by Scott Westerfeld


by Scott Westerfeld

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Series: Uglies (2)

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At the end of 'Uglies', the first book in this series, Tally Youngblood agrees to leave her new friends and go back to Prettytown, undergoing the operation that will make her happy and ditzy (as well as beautiful), so that her can be an experimental guinea pig for a cure. However, once she's back, she forgets all about her plans, falling into a routine of parties and fun - not to mention a new, gorgeous boyfriend. However, she's still one of the "bubbliest" (most daring and alert) Pretties, and her friends manage to sneak her the cure. Things don't go quite right though... and soon her boyfirend seems to be getting sick. They must try to escape Prettytown, avoid the scary Special Circumstances who are after tally, and get back to the rebels outside the city.
This is a fun series, but it does suffer from big gaping holes in its logical believability. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Narrated by Carline Montbertrand
Sequel to "Uglies." In "Uglies," Tally volunteered to become a Pretty so that she could take the "cure," a pill that would heal the brain lesions that come with becoming Pretty. In this second of the series, Tally almost forgets about her promise, enjoying her new life too much. But Croy of the Smokies gets in touch with her and she is reminded of her promise. Instead of taking the two pills, she splits them with her boyfriend Zane. During a daring escape from New Pretty Town to find the New Smokies, Tally becomes separated from Zane and the other Crims. She meets an unusual group of people who appear to be confined to living on a reservation.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
Not nearly as good as Uglies. Dissapointing, when compaired to the first book. It still had a good level of action and adventure. ( )
  babydogfish | Jan 29, 2016 |
Picking up from the ending of the Uglies book, Pretties keeps following Tally after she returns to the city and turns "Pretty." I love the descriptions of the upgrades she gets, and seeing how the Pretties live. Superficial, bored, usually always drunk or hungover, they waste away, surrounded by technology and cosmetic upgrades to their unnatural bodies.

Several new characters are introduced, or re-introduced, and keep the story moving. The love triangle between Tally, David and Zane is, like any triangle, frustrating, because both guys fit Tally in some way. Tally doesn't become completely bubbly though, and keeps her secret mission going. The risks they all take, and the mission they're all on, is incredibly exciting, and had my stomach in knots the whole time. The character growth, excitement and suspense are all awesome, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

This is an awesome series, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who enjoys dystopian adventure, sci-fi romance, or fantasy. ( )
  Rose.Wallin | Jan 20, 2016 |
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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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Scott Westerfeldprimary 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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