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24/01/2013

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies #2
My review of  Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld can be found here

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.

I enjoyed reading the second instalment in the Uglies series, but it lacks a proper ending. It picks up a little while after Pretties ended and it ends with yet another cliff hanger and no resolutions. The entire book is one big journey both physical and internal - Tally has been turned pretty but she's not one to stay empty headed and eventually it's time to try and get away. Her and her new gang of Pretties struggle to stay alert and escape, but (as usual) Special Circumstances (law enforcement unit) are right on their heels.

It annoys me that there are no resolutions to anything and there are no "big" changes that truly forces Tally to think beyond her usual issues. It is very much a sequel, but it was still well written and a good read and I will be reading onwards in the series. I'm very curious about the changes that will unfold in the third book.

Next up in the series is Specials (Uglies #3), followed by Extras (Uglies #4).


370 pages / published in 2005
ISBN13:  9780689865398
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012

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