Friday, May 3, 2013

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
2005, Simon Pulse
Series: Book 2 of Uglies

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: This series continues to be fast, easy dystopian reads. Tally is a complex enough character to make up for the innate vapidness of most of the other "pretties." The world is interesting, although I still continue to wonder about how a dystopian society progresses towards fixing their world via physical looks. The ending was rather surprising and has made me want to read Specials sooner than I had originally planned.

The Bad: The slang (pretty-speak) gets grating early on and never stops. And the insta-love with Zane is questionable.

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