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by Scott Westerfeld

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Series: Uglies (2)

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Finally surgically transformed into a "pretty," sixteen-year-old Tally, now gorgeous and programmed to think only happy thoughts, is plagued by tangled memories of living in the Smoke, a rebel colony of "ugly" runaways hiding from the Special Circumstances authorities.
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I read the Uglies quartet back in middle school and absolutely adored them. I must have reread them at least twice, but I hadn't done so again in a while. I was at a library yesterday and saw Westerfeld and picked up Pretties to kill time. As is the case with all fast paced books, I had almost finished it by the time I left. This remains one of the strongest dystopian series I've read, and I daresay I've read a few.

The premise behind this world is that all kids have a surgery on their sixteenth birthday that beautifies them, and also obviously does something else--otherwise the new pretties wouldn't be running around with no cares in the world but partying and having fun.

One of the strongest aspects of Westerfeld's writing comes in his world making. Tally is one of the "new-pretties" and as such lives in New Pretty town and will until she's a middle pretty. There, the utmost care is taken with safety for the various completely dangerous activities that residents can partake in. Tally's clique, the Crims, engages in a stunt that melts a floating ice rink and sends them all crashing to the ground, but as they were all wearing bungee jackets, they were safe.

The plot is fast paced and action packed. As soon as we're finished hearing about the antics in New Pretty Town, Westerfeld throws us into drama and exciting events, and from there on, there's no stopping.

There's enough romance to satisfy me without distracting from the plot or making it a star, which is a refreshing balance.

For anyone into dystopias, this series is a must read. Just make sure you have all four books at your hands when you do so! ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
2nd book as good as the first. I'm going to read one more! ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
The beginning of the book was difficult to get through, mostly because of the 'pretty' language. I understand what the author was going for, but it felt like a lack of imagination on his part. Bubbly-making, nervous-making, pretty-making, etc. was irritating and I do not think it added to the story itself. Take the language annoyance out and you have another good story. ( )
  ArcherKel | Aug 17, 2022 |
I hadn't realized how crucial David was to my enjoyment of the series until he was a non-entity in Pretties. Despite the fact that Zane is practically a carbon copy in every other way, I missed David's maturity and perspective to balance Tally's pretty worldview. Without him---and without much likelihood of seeing him play a significant role in the series again---I don't think I'll be continuing to read the books. ( )
  slimikin | Mar 27, 2022 |
Once again an interesting mix of scifi and social commentary.

Warning for self harm in the appropriately titled chapter Cutters mid book. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
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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, Scottprimary 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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Finally surgically transformed into a "pretty," sixteen-year-old Tally, now gorgeous and programmed to think only happy thoughts, is plagued by tangled memories of living in the Smoke, a rebel colony of "ugly" runaways hiding from the Special Circumstances authorities.

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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.
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