Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Synopsis from B&N
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
This book was amazing! I had read a lot about the series and while they seemed interesting I never really felt the pull to read them that I often get with books. Boy, was I wrong. This book is fabulous and I am going to the library as soon as I am done to get Pretties.
Westerfeld has created a whole new world and amazing characters. Tally desperately wants to be pretty and can't wait for her sweet sixteen when she will have the surgery but of course things never work out that easily. Her story just gets more compelling when she leaves the safety of her city and heads to the Smoke where people live without all the futuristic help, basically like we live now.
I loved that they keep magazines and things from Rusties (us) as artifacts and that they think the way we live and idolize the celebrities in the magazines is ridiculous. It is a great futuristic world without being unbelievable.
The book ends on a giant cliffhanger so I really have to go get the next one because I loved it and I need to know what happens. Go read it. Right now.
Favorite quote: While Tally and Shay are looking at old magazines.
"They're sports stars, actors, artists. The men with the stringy hair are musicians, I think. The really ugly ones are politicians and someone told me the fatties are mostly comedians."
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