Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Uglies’ series. **Warning** Unavoidable spoilers for book 1 – ‘Uglies’.
It is now about a month since Tally turned herself over to the authorities and had the surgery to make her pretty. She’s now pretty, and also pretty vacant. A big decision for Tally now is choosing the correct attire to a semi-formal party, and whether she should take calorie purgers with her meal or not.
Tally and Shay are BFF, as Shay has forgotten a lot of what transpired between them at the smoke, and Tally also has a new love interest – Zane. Tally, Shay, and Zane are all part of a clique called ‘the criminals’ (all due to the pranks they played as uglies), and they continue to try to think of tricks to play now.
After Croy (one of the smokies), turns up during a fancy dress party, and gives Tally the directions to find 2 pills; Tally and Zane go on the hunt for them, which involves climbing a massive metal tower on top of a building. When Tally finally discovers the pills, she and Zane take one each, and they soon begins to feel ‘bubbly’ (can actually think clearly).
Thus follows Tally’s attempt to escape from New Pretty Town, and all the drama that goes along with it. The Specials didn’t like Tally’s escape before, and they’re certainly not going to let her get away from them a second time. Especially when it seems that instead they want to make her one of them!
I enjoyed this book. I don’t want to give too much away, but I really liked the twists in this storyline, and how natural Tally’s progression was from ‘pretty’ to ‘bubbly’. I liked the fact that life wasn’t easy for Tally. Things didn’t just fall into place for her, and even with the pills she had to work to think clearly still. I also liked the fact that the authorities continued to think of more and more ways to keep tabs on Tally and Zane. Ways that even Tally and Zane couldn’t guess at.
Once again there were the cool gadgets in this book – hoverboards, calorie purgers (remove the calories from food – yes please!), holes in the wall that produce clothes to order, and all other sorts of things.
The storyline wasn’t exactly what I expected after reading the first book, but it was different in a good way.
Overall; a good young adult/ dystopian read.
8 out of 10.
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