Sunday, 22 September 2013

Book Review | Warning: Spoilers and Rants | YA Dystopian | Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld

| Pretties (Uglies #2) | Scott Westerfeld |
| Published - 2005 | Format - Paperback | Pages - 384 |
| Goodreads | My Rating 6/10 |

WARNING: This review will include spoilers for the first two books in the Uglies series (Uglies and Pretties). If you have not read these books then please do not read any further. You have been warned.

 Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong.

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.

| My thoughts |

This book begins a few months after Tally's operation to turn her from an 'ugly' into a 'pretty' so that they can test the cure on her. So Tally is now living in New Pretty Town with Shay and Peris as a pretty.

Life as a pretty is basically one was hazy sorority party with the non-stop parties, not a care in the world, other then to find a costume to wear, and where everyone is completely stunning. Sound prefect? Well think again. Because under that perfectly pretty exterior there is some ugly secrets. Memory loss anyone?
So, of course with Tally being a pretty, it is like learning to like and know a whole new character. As well as learning about the lifestyle in which the pretties live and learning the 'pretty words'. By the end of the book, words like bubbly and fun-making were driving me up the wall.
Anyway, early on in the book we find out that adrenaline helps them remember their lives before they turned pretty. So the clique that Tally joins called The Crims pulls tricks to help them remember, these ticks of course being very dangerous and making them walking targets for the Specials.
The Specials, aka Special Circumstances, are the authority in the city and as the saying goes “we don't want to hurt you, but we will if we have to” the Specials will stop at nothing to stop the truth about the lesions from coming out and that includes turning them into Specials. Yeah, at the end of the book they take Tally and turned her into a Special, do they really think this will stop her? And of course who is there to help them take her away? Shay of course, between her and Dr. Cable they have coursed Tally so many problems. I mean come on Shay, yes Tally betrayed you and the smoke but you have betrayed them so much more by joining them, telling on them and for not taking the cure in the first place which would have meant that Tally would never had to turn pretty and then never would she have meet Zane and then yet another love triangle in YA book would never had been started and she would be happy with David without having everything messed around with. Wow I really hate Shay.
Anyway to wrap up this review I would say that I definitely preferred the first book in this series as this one just made me go a little crazy. But I still did enjoy it and can't wait to read the next two in this series.

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