One book you will never put down. All you have to do is start reading the first page and you are immediatly propelled into a twisting adventure between fighting the lesions in the brain and trying to fight the Special Circumstances. It will entertain you for months and months by just rereading the wonderful well written book Pretties by Scott Westerfled. I still can't believe that what happened at the end! There is a bunch of romance and chase scenes and I wil garentee that you will not want to put this book down. SO READ THIS BOOK!
"Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted.
But beneath all the fun - the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom - is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally's ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what's wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.
Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life - because the authorities don't intend to let anyone with this information survive."
This book was good, but I kind of liked how Uglies was set outside of the city. The tricks that the Crims pulled kept the book interesting though and kept me rooting for the Pretties who knew the truth about being Pretty - and wanted out.
The thing that I love most about Scott Westerfeld’s "Pretties," the second book in his Uglies trilogy, is that it really makes you second guess which “state of being” is the best: Ugly, Pretty or Special. I’ve had seemingly endless conversations about this with fellow Westerfeld junkies, and the verdict is still out for me.
So many people argue that Ugly has got to be the way to go. First of all, Westerfeld makes it clear that Uglies aren’t actually ugly, they just look like you and me. And Ugly is an everyday person who just happens to have never had a lick of plastic surgery, and we’ve all seen one too many fish face (I’m looking at you Taylor Armstrong) to know that a little plastic surgery goes a long way, and often goes horrifically wrong. Furthermore, as an Ugly, your brain just hasn’t been messed with, and we don’t need people poking around in our cerebellums unless absolutely necessary.
But the Pretty way of life seems pretty dang good (pardon the pun): You are biologically irresistible and worthy of those Calvin Klein or Victoria’s Secret billboard ads. You can never gain a single ounce of fat, so go ahead and have that extra slice of bacon. You have absolutely nothing to worry about, ever. I don’t know about you, but a little poke here and a tad of nanotechnology there to never experience a single second of anxiety seems worth it. Worry free and explosively hot? Yes please.
And then there’s Specials, the superhuman results of surgery that lets you run faster, jump higher and kick butt better than anybody has ever hoped to before. People will fantasies of superhero status should apply here.
Of course, it all comes down to control. Does it matter if there’s a chip in your brain if you have the best life of luxury? Can you blame someone for wanting to be a Pretty and stop worrying about the world? Are looks on the outside that powerful in today’s society that you’d be willing to lose your intellectual freedom? What if that loss of freedom means you’re carefree for the rest of your life and in a constant state of bliss? Is having untold amounts of physical strength worth it if you have to use that power for someone else’s means? All of these questions are brought up in "Pretties" and it’s these questions that make the book such a refreshingly thoughtful experience.
Makes you question notions of beauty.
Makes you realize maybe you can't blame people for wanting to be a Pretty.
A great follow up to Uglies and a great set up for Specials.
Further develops this fascinating world introduced in Uglies.
This is the sequel to the Uglies, which left off with Tally becoming a Pretty in order to find out if there is a cure. Tally has become a full fledged pretty and doesn't remember much about her past. She is enjoying her new life as a Crim, until someone shows up from her past to remind her of her mission. She escapes from the city to find that the deceit spreads further than she had previously known.
At first, I had a hard time getting into this book because I had read the first one so long ago, but once I remembered the characters, I really enjoyed it. It was full of adventure and unsuspected twists in the story. I am excited to read the next book "The Specials"
Love this book. Except maybe for the fact that Shay is ALWAYS the one who gets Tally in trouble, and Tally is ALWAYS the one who has to get them both out.
Tally Youngblood has just given herself up to become a Pretty. Now she's living the good life: going to parties every night, getting everything for free, and so on. What she doesn't know is that she's got brain damage. Everything in her brain about the Smoke has been twisted so that she can't remember what really happened there. And she's fine with that, until she gets a strange package from someone called Croy, containing two pills, and a letter from herself giving her permission to take them. Tally is very hesitant at first, but her new boyfriend convinces her to take them. They take one each because Tally is such a wimp she doesn't have the guts to take them by herself. What she doesn't know is that they were supposed to be taken together. One has things that eat your brain, and one has things that kill the things that eat your brain. Now Zach is having his brain killed slowly. And Tally just cured herself. You know. As it happens.
(*SPOILER*) So on, the story progresses, and then just as you're thinking, okay, just smooth cruising from here, Shay, duh, gets jealous because Tally gave Zach the pill and not her. So she seperates herself from Tally and becomes a Cutter, people who cut themselves to get "bubbly" (where their mental fog clears and they can think clearly). And then she gets so jealous and weirdo that she waltzes up to the evilest evil person in the whole series, and says "Please make me a Special", the evilest group in the series. So she becomes a special, they catch Tally, and she becomes a special. (*END SPOILER*)
This book really makes you think about what perfection means. And makes you think about whether you would prefer to be clear-minded, living in the wilderness and "ugly" (even though we all know "uglies" are just normal people), or beautiful, partying all the time, and brainwashed? Does it matter?
The sequal Uglies was done perfectly. You get an inside look now at pretties; the endless parties, the beautiful people, the morally wrong operation. It all comes back to Tally, only this time a life is at stake. She must find the Smoke or lose her love. The end leaves you wanting more.
This is one of the best books that I have read... if you don't like this book i don't think that you will be inerested in any other book ever written.
Pretties is jam packed with alot of 'bubbly making' things. Form just climbing several story buildings to free falling form a hot air balloon with only your crash brackets and your hoverboard to catch you befor you hit the water... there are so many life or death situations in this book.
But there are some problems... Zane's brain is slowly being eatten away at and Tally doesn't know... so they have to find their way to the Smokes so Maddy (David's mom) can cure him.
But Tally doesn't realize that once she finds the New Smokes she would have to choose between Zane (her pretty prince) or David (her ugly prince).
Thinking that she was making the right choice she undergoes another surgery to become a Special. Though Shay may have been her friend, Tally doesn't what much to do with her now.... she only wants to be with Zane...
Pretties is the sequel to the novel called Uglies. In the second book we learn that after Tally has turned pretty she has become dim witted. She senses sometimes that something is wrong but she can't pinpoint it, after all what could matter more than being pretty and being a Pretty? What else is there right? These are questions that are planted in her mind like weeds always pulled before they have time to make sense. That is until she meets Zane. Zane is the leader of group of Pretties called Crims. Crims are short for Criminals and the group [prides themselves in the tricks they pulled when they were Uglies. Zane sees something in Tally and talks her into seeing beyond "Pretty thinking" He kisses her to keep her "bubbly" (a term that doesnt have a definite definition but tends to mean realistic or awake as in, in touch with reality). Tally and Zane realize that by keeping one another bubbly they can think clearly and the lucidity that came after becoming a pretty goes away but only temporarily. While at a Pretty part Tally sees and recognizes an old Ugly friend who leaves her a note that was written by her before she was Ugly. IT explains to her that she chose to turn pretty knowing the risks of becoming basically brainwashed so she could try out the cure. There are two pills and in a desperate attempt to avoid being caught by the wardens who have discovered she and Zane are on taboo property she takes one of the pills and so does Zane. For a while, everything is fine... until Zane starts getting horrible headaches. Something is wrong and its up to Tally to find out what or else Zane could die. Tally must choose the price of freedom and her boyfriend's life.
I know a lot of people complain that this book is worse than "Uglies" but I actually thought it was better.
Something about Tally finding her way out of pretty haze makes your heart go out to her, doesn't it?
Also, Zane is a bubbly new development, isn't he? ;)
I guess I never really liked David. Partly because of the way he ditched Shay the moment something better showed up.
Not that Tally isn't to blame there. I think they both screwed up.
but that's the good thing about this series. Everybody fucks up so severely. And it takes a lot of courage to atone for past sins; it's much easier to just run from them. and these characters are all making up for one thing or another. It's very admirable. I think Scott Westerfed did an excellent job. :)
a great heartthrobbing book that makes you "bubbly"!
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Reader reviewed by jellybean
an exciting second trilogy to uglies. i love the adventures that tally and zane slip into. once you read the first two books of the trilogy, you'll never want to put it down and you would also anticipate the final book specials because i will!