Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

I read the first book in this series before I started blogging, but you can check it out here.

Rating: [4/5]

***Spoiler alert!***

Summary: Being a pretty is easy. It’s all parties and friends and fun 24/7. Except for the fact that the same operation that makes you pretty also changes your brain. After receiving the cure for being pretty-minded by her old friends in the Smoke, Tally and her new friend, Zane, find themselves clear-headed. Now it’s all a matter of getting out of the city and curing their other pretty friends. This would be easy, if they weren’t being constantly monitored by the Specials. In addition, Zane experiences debilitating headaches as a side effect of the cure. When Tally and Zane’s escape goes terribly wrong, Tally must find her way to the Smoke on her own. She soon uncovers a hidden reservation of savage uglies who worship the pretties as gods. Tally is eventually reunited with all her friends, though not for long. They have been tracked the Specials, and Tally discovers that one of her closest friends has become one of them.

Likes: I liked Pretties a lot. This whole series is really interesting so far. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for dystopian novels, so maybe I’m a little biased. However, I think the whole concept of the government pacifying society by manipulating their desire to be beautiful is very relevant. Plus, the pretties speak in a kind of Valley Girl dialect, which makes the story all the more believable and enjoyable.

Dislikes: There honestly wasn’t anything specific that I didn’t like about Pretties.

TL;DR: I would definitely recommend the Uglies series to any teenager (or adult!) who misses the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins or who likes dystopian books. Read Uglies first, though! Everything will make so much more sense.

Agree? Disagree? Tell me in the comments!


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