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Pretties

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 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 |
Assessment booklet by the publisher.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 21, 2021 |
Tally has now been turned into a Special, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 27, 2021 |
Even more YA ( )
  codykh | Jun 28, 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
Tremaine, EmilyNarratorsecondary 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
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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.
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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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