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Book Review: Pretties

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Title: Pretties
Author: Scott Westerfield
Pages: 370
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 3 stars - Wasn't Particularly Amazed
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Buy it: Amazon, Kindle, B&N, Book Depository

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.
I said before, in my review of Uglies that I wasn't sure if I was going to continue the series. Turns out I read Pretties anyway just because my friend happened to have a copy I could borrow.

Compared to Uglies, I wasn't as impressed with Pretties. The concept of this dystopia wasn't as fresh anymore, and I ended up disliking Tally even more than I did in the first book. Even though Tally tried hard to be bubbly, she was too pretty-making for my liking, and my previously average impression of her dropped even lower, as she grew more and more shallow.

The plot, this time round, was a tad bit tedious to me, even though it was interesting. I didn't like Tally's pretty life a whole lot, and although Zane seemed pretty hot, I hated how she immediately forgot David, and chose to ignore him even when her memories returned.

One of the--perhaps only--parts of Pretties that I liked was when Tally accidentally got dropped into the zone for studying aggression (nothing more is to be said about that, else it'd be spoiler-y). Other than that... the book wasn't that bad, but it wasn't mind-blowing--as I would've liked it to be--either.

Anybody who's read Uglies and is interested in what's happening next to Tally and co., by all means, do borrow Pretties off someone and read it. It isn't a bad book and maybe you'll be enraptured by it. I won't be staying for Specials though. I've had my fair share of this series already, and judging by the note Pretties ended on... Specials will probably be almost exactly like the previous two books.

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Read my review of Uglies
1 comment on "Book Review: Pretties"
  1. Great review! I rally enjoyed this series. I think I liked this one more than you but I agree that it could have been better.

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