I love this series! "Pretties" is the second in the wonderful series.
Read on as Tally finally gets her surgery to turn pretty, because she gave herself up so that she could help her good friend Shay. Now that Tally is pretty, will she remember what it was like to be ugly, or have the brain lesions taken over her brain to much?
I don't want to give to much away but this was a terrific book and I definitely suggest reading it! However, make sure to read the first in te series, "Uglies" before you start this one!
You don't need to be an Uglies series reader to pick -up book #2 and follow the engaging storyline. Follow Tally as she finds herself in a world of surgically produced beautiful people whose very purpose in life is to have FUN. No work, no school, no worries, other than what outfit will match your eyes. Oh, yeah did I forget to mention...if you find your eyes a little drab go for the one day surgery which will add actual diamonds and sapphires to your irises! There has to be more to live than this....or so Tally hopes to find.
In Pretties, the second installment of Scott Westerfelds series, the infamous ugly Tally Youngblood is now a pretty.
Everything is perfect in Tallys pretty world. She is with her friends again, and she has nothing but fun. But then Tallys perfect world takes a turn when she is contacted by one of the uglies, and then finds the letter that she had written to herself.
Tally and her new beau Zane find the cure, but Tally is to afraid to go it alone. So, Tally takes one pill and Zane takes the other. But the pill seems to have different effects on Zane and they must escape to find the new Smoke where Zane can get help.
In their escape they are separated and Tally makes yet another discovery in the Pretties not so perfect existence. When Tally finally reaches the Ruins it is David that she meets, and learns what has happened to Zane.
Once again the Specials are on Tallys tail, but now she has a choice to make. Will it be David or Zane.
Pretties is even better than Uglies. Tallys character is even more complex as well as the storyline. You never know what is going to happen next and that makes it that more interesting. I have to say I couldnt put it down and the cliffhanger ending has me eager to read Specials.
Tally is back but as a pretty this time. Shes made the ultimate sacrifice, undergoing the operation even though she knew something went wrong with peoples heads when it happened. And now she doesnt remember the warnings she received. She barely remembers being an ugly. Instead, she focuses on being part of a new clique and getting the attention of Zane.
Of course, until an Ugly comes to her in New Pretty Town with two pills, and she suddenly remembers. But she has doubts too. So, she and Zane each take one pill. And things seem to work, even though Zane keeps getting excruciating headaches. Tally realizes something is wrong, but she cant exactly tell the doctors inside the city about that. She needs to go to New Smoke.
Pretties is the incredible second book in the Uglies series. The story was fast paced and I never lost interest. I loved the first book in this futuristic series, and this novel was better, if that is possible. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
"Pretties", the second book in Scott Westerfelds great Uglies series, continues where the first left off. If you haven't read book one and don't want to be spoiled, STOP READING NOW. Ok, so now Tally has had her surgery and her "smoky" friends are trying to contact her and save her from her "pretty" ways. She now runs with a group of "pretties" who seem to be smarter than the rest, called "crims" because of their "criminal" backgrounds as "uglies". The leader of this group is Zane and he and Tally start up a romance while still pulling "ugly" tricks.
This book suffered a bit from "middle" book syndrome but was still very compelling save for some blatant anorexia and cutting (sure, it worked as part of the story, but I personally didnt like it). Tally and Shay continue their "love/hate" friendship/rivalry which is a well-drawn and convincing adolescent relationship. Some characters from the first book, such as David are given not as much screen time as I might have hoped and some new characters, such as a savage young man who is part of a anthropological study of violence, are given a bit too much. You do learn more about the world the author has created and are well set up for the third book, "Specials".
Tally's story continues from the previous book, UGLIES, in this second installment of Scott Westerfeld's futuristic trilogy. Tally is now a pretty who lives only for good times. While attending a party at which she is to be voted into the Crims clique, she is followed by someone appearing to be a member of the ominous Special Circumstances team.
Tally can only remember her previous adventures as an ugly outside New Pretty Town in brief disconnected snatches. She is shocked to discover that the person stalking her is Croy, an old friend from the Smoke. He has something for her, he tells her, but she must search for it later in a certain secret spot. She agrees, bemused by his repellant ugliness, including his big pores and tangled hair --- all the imperfections that the surgery to become a pretty transforms to beauty.
Tally returns to her pretty life, concentrating on the fun she has with her friends. Her peace is disrupted when gorgeous Zane, leader of the Crims, asks her about David, whom she loved when she lived in the Smoke. In fact, Zane once knew Croy and had been determined to escape to the Smoke before his surgery. He regrets that he didn't go into the wilderness then.
Zane is eager to accompany Tally in finding the mysterious object Croy has hidden for her. They must face strenuous, dangerous physical challenges in order to locate the gift, which is accompanied by a startling and eye-opening letter from Tally to herself, written before she underwent the pretty surgery and explaining to her future self her motive in becoming a pretty --- to save all the pretties. Zane and Tally also learn that the pretties' brains are altered during their surgery. When the two share what Croy left for Tally, everything in their lives changes, putting Zane's health at risk and infuriating Tally's friend Shay.
As with UGLIES, you cannot read this book without questioning values and mindsets prevalent not only in New Pretty Town in the future but also here and now. How much will people surrender in order to be pretty? What is the price of popularity and conformity? Can people who relinquish everything get a second chance? As in UGLIES, the plot pace is rapid and exciting, the characters are real, and the situations are truly frightening.
How good is this book? I read it in a day, unable to concentrate on anything else until I finished it. After the tantalizing ending, I'm filled with delicious anticipation for the third book in the series, SPECIALS.
Great sequel to Uglies. Really well written sci-fi yong adult fiction. This is a book that can be enjoyed just as a good story as well as having a more deeper level to it.
(some minor spoilers from the first book follow)
Tally is pretty - something that happens to all sixteen-year-olds. Being pretty isn't just superficial though, the operation has deeper consequences. At the start of the book, Tally doesn't remember that she's endured the operation so the cure can be tested on her. When we catch up with her it's a month after she returned to the city and Tally is making the most of young pretty life.
This all changes after a visit from a past friend bringing the cure for her to take. Tally becomes "bubbly" (able to think clearly) rather than being "pretty-minded" and we see how she deals with living amongst the pretties when she knows the truth. We also learn more about how the world got to be the way it is in Tally's present.
Some of the best parts of this book are the different technologies of the future which are described really well and while futuristic they are completely believable. Also the pretty-talk which use by the characters shows how they are moving further away from being pretty-minded.
Pretties is an awesome read filled with action and adventure. It is a really fast-paced,fun, and interesting book that you will not be able to put down. I absolutely loved it. It wasn't as good as the first but it was still really great. It has a really unique version of what might possibly happen in the future..... I would recommend pretties to any teen interested in a scifi-fantasy book.
In this sequel to Uglies, Tally has given herself up to the authorities to save Shay from losing her free will. Maddy (davids mom) has found a cure to the lesions you get when you become pretty, but Shay refuses to be the guney pig to try the pills. So when Tally goes to get the pills hidden in garbo masion, Zane(the leader of the crims and tallys crush) comes along with her. When Tally is afraid of taking the pills alone Zane said he'll take one with her, unfortunantly you need both pills otherwise the nanos in one of the pills eat away at you and you dont have the good nanos in the other pill to destroy those nanos(you follow me there? Basically ane took the pill that will eat at the lesions in his brain but when those are gone they'll eat at other things like his motor skills and Tally took the other pill wich is supposed to destroy the nanos that eat the lesions, so they did nothing for tally). So now Tally, Zane, and the crims are off to the new smoke, by escaping by jumping out of the city limits with a hot air balloon. Tally lands off course onto a preserve where caveman live, and when she finnaly escapes and makes it to the new smoke only zanes there so ware are the other crims?