Monday, August 13, 2018


Pretties. (Uglies #2) Scott Westerfeld. 2005. Simon & Schuster. 370 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Getting dressed was always the hardest part of the afternoon.

Premise/plot: Pretties is the second book in Scott Westerfeld's futuristic dystopian series. In the first book, Uglies, Tally, our heroine, decides to become PRETTY so that she can be the guinea pig for the cure for the brain lesions. She wrote herself a note explaining everything--or almost everything. But what she didn't take into account was how being pretty would change your thinking and reasoning ability. Instead of taking the two-pill cure herself Tally decided to split the cure with her new friend, Zane. She took one pill; he took the other. Now they are awaiting the results. Will they be cured of their pretty-thinking? Will they stay bubbly all the time? Is it time for the PRETTIES to revolt against the system?

My thoughts: This is a reread. I believe this is the third time I've read it and the second time I've blogged a review. I do like Tally Youngblood. She's flawed but believably so in my opinion. If the series has a flaw--emphasis on if--it's the LOVE TRIANGLE aspect of it that some readers might be annoyed by. The first book was all David. This second book is all Zane. One she loved as an ugly. The other she loves as a pretty. She's endured a lot of hard circumstances with both--situations that draw you close to someone.

I listened to UGLIES on audio a few weeks ago. It was such a relief to read PRETTIES. Shay is much less annoying in print. 

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