by Scott Westerfeld
Published: November 1st 2005
I give it:
Description: 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 somethings 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: Westerfeld has done it again! I really really enjoyed "Pretties", probably even more than I enjoyed the first one.
Now that Tally is "pretty", she has pretty much forgotten her ugly past, and the promise she made to the new smokies. But her new pretty world is turned upside down when some "ugly" party crashers come to remind her of her promise to them.
There is a new guy who has captured Tally's heart. His name is Zane, and he is probably the most unique pretty in the city, as he has somehow managed to hold onto a little bit of his old self, even if he doesn't quite remember who he was when he was ugly. He and Tally embark on an adventure together, to be able to gain control of their minds, be independent thinkers, and escape the city together.
I wish we would have seen a little bit more of the smokies, especially more of David in this second novel. Hopefully they will have a bigger appearance in the third novel "Specials". However, we do meet an entirely different group of people out in the wild, that throws a wrench into the plot, and I hope we get to know them a little bit better in the next novel, and thanks to Westerfeld's cliffhanger endings, I am dying to read more!
It's complicated, but for some reason I want to live the life of a pretty. I guess I can relate with Peris the most in this book. I'd love to play tricks, and go on a little bit of an adventure, but personally, I think I'd be content with living in a city where all I had to worry about was what fun thing, or what party I was going to go to next, while the lesions on my brain force me to be "pretty-minded" all the time. It is, however, a world that has achieved world peace and is disease free! How bad can THAT be?
But then on the other hand, I guess your freedom and sense of self is completely gone. While you do get to make your own choices, they seem to be pretty limited, and you aren't ever allowed to leave the city.
I wonder if I am the only one who thinks this way after reading these books?