4 stars to Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Published January 16, 2014 by katheryn13

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.

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM UGLIES. 

Review:

If I’m honest, I wasn’t expecting to like this, the sequel to Uglies. The beginning wasn’t a huge opening for me, so I continued with baited breath, tip-toeing my way through the chapters until finally, something interesting happened and from then on I was hooked.

Tally became Pretty so she could take the cure and discover if it worked or not. Unfortunately, she didn’t take into consideration that becoming Pretty would also mean she’d lose a lot of her memories. Namely, why she became pretty. This makes the story more intriguing, because we then see Tally fall for another Pretty, who is also a “Crim” (a Pretty who did rebellious stuff back in his Ugly days.) Zane is also one who doesn’t want to be Pretty anymore. The only way they can get their minds to their original state, so to speak, is to be “Bubbly”. This means doing such outrageous stuff that your brain is jolted and you can remember what you were like, what you did, who you are. Because when you become Pretty, you also…become rather dim.

When an Ugly Tally knew from the Smoke appears at a party, she realises her past is catching up with her. A message is left, and two pills, and Tally finds out just what is going on.  Remember, at the end of Uglies she wrote herself a letter to remind her why she turned herself in, and therefore, she now has to decide. Take the cure, or stay pretty?

It’s truly a rollar-coaster ride from then on and I think I enjoyed this MORE so than Uglies. Originally I found Tally’s whole mindset of being Ugly and Pretty really annoying, and at least here she recognises that being Pretty isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But taking the cure could also leave her brain dead, and that is the risk she inevitably takes with Zane.

I won’t say anymore, but there is a rather interesting twist at the end. I have come to really dislike Shay, which isn’t surprising since she bugged me from the beginning. David and the crew come back into this, but not in the best way, and Tally has more problems to think of than an ex-sort of boyfriend.

A real page turner, I can’t wait to read the next book. I have it here somewhere.

Kat

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