Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld


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 loved Uglies so much that I couldn't wait to dive in to Pretties and I have to say it doesn't live up to the first book, in my opinion. The first thing that bothered me was the language of Pretties. All the "milli-Helen" and "pretty-making" and "brain-missing" just annoyed me instead of immersing me in the world of the pretties.

Eventually the language went back to normal as Tally fought against the programming and I began to enjoy this book more. I liked her relationship with Zane but I hated the lack of David. David was my favorite character from Uglies and he is only in a short section of Pretties.

I don't want to give too much away but to me this book just felt like filler. It didn't have a real ending and it felt to me like a chapter between Uglies and Specials as opposed to its own story. I kept waiting for the plot to pick up and when it finally did the book ended. I usually really like series book but this one didn't stand up on its own.

I know it sounds like I hate this book but I really don't, I just loved Uglies so much and had really high expectations that Pretties really didn't live up to. However, I still can't wait to read the next in the series, Specials, because I do really want to know what happens to Tally and David and Zane.

This book counts toward my Library Challenge

If anyone else has reviewed Pretties please leave a link in the comments and I will add it to the post.
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H said...

I really should read this. I enjoyed Uglies, but somehow never got around to Pretties.

Melissa said...

Great review!!! I couldn't have said it better: Pretties did indeed feel like a "filler" book between Uglies and Specials, you hit the nail on the head. Not that I've read Specials, yet, but it feels like that ought to be another good one!

I've linked your review to mine :-)

Al said...

I never read these books, but maybe I should read Pretties.
Love the blog, just found you through MJ's ning.

Ladytink_534 said...

Loved Uglies but never got around to reading the others. I've REALLY got to do that soon!

Em said...

I really enjoyed Uglies but haven't had a chance to pick this one up yet. I will though... :)

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