Uglies is the story of soon to be sixteen year old Tally who is an "Ugly". In her time and place everyone is born ugly with rare beauties and when an ugly turns sixteen they are given a cosmetic operation that makes them drop dead beautiful. Tally like many other otherUglies aspires to be beautiful and grows more and more envious of New Pretty Town as her operation comes closer. She's never met anyone who's never wanted to be pretty until she meets and befriends Shay. Shay is unpredictable and a nonconformist. She doesn't want to turn pretty she sees it as becoming ugly and brainwashed. It isn't until Shay runs away the eve of her sixteenth birthday and Tally's sixtenth birthday because they share the same birthday that Tally is told that she will not become pretty until she findsHsay and the other Uglies wjho escaped. Tally is forced to mull over the price of friendhsip and the coast of betrayal. Is A Pretty Face worth more than a friend's life, is the question posed in this satircal novel of cosmetic surgery and the "price" perople pay to have "good" looks.