Tally can’t wait to turn sixteen so she can have the operation that will turn her into a drop-dead gorgeous girl they call pretties. That would have happened if she hadn’t befriended Shay. Shay disappears into the night to go to the Smoke right before Tally’s operation. The Smoke is a place that’s shrouded in mystery but from what Tally hears, it’s a bunch of uglies that ran away before their sixteenth birthday to live in the wild. Specials are a group of pretties that are not only pretty but also stronger because they are law inforcers that work discreetly. They want to know where the Smoke is so they can bring back the uglies and the bad news is that they know that Shay had gone to the Smoke and that Tally is a friend of hers. Tally is given a choice: find the Smoke and reveal its whereabouts or remain an ugly forever. One event leads into another as Tally’s ticket to New Pretty town slips farther away.
I loved this book because it has great ideas and Scott Westerfeld can always find a way to surprise you. If you can get your hands on this book, they won’t come of it ‘till you’ve finished reading it.