Scott Westerfeld is one of the most talented authors of the 21st century! In Uglies, Tally has grown up to expect that when she turns 16 she will become pretty, just like the rest of the population. Her best friend has already turned 16, and now she's just biding her time. On her way back from sneaking to see her friend,she meets Shay. Shay is different from most teenagers and just wants to be her. She teaches Tally how to ride a hoverboard,and finally convinces her to move to The Smoke, an escape for uglies who want to stay ugly. After a long journey, she finally gets there,and starts to enjoy life as it should be. But then she is tricked into giving up the location of the Smoke and has to fight for her and her new friends' freedom. Filled with adventure, friendship, love, betrayal, and deceit, it'll keep you up all night!