Simon Pulse – ISBN 978-1-4169-3638-1
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Talley learns about a whole new side of the pretty world – and it isn’t pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…
The librarian recommended this book to me and I am pleased that I have read it. An intriguing series of books which starts with Uglies and is set some time in the future, after the rusties have all passed on. The world is dominated by a new system, where pretty’s live in a world of their own, and everyone wants to be pretty.
But Shay decides she wants to go to the “Smoke” a mythical city populated by uglies who have refused the operation. What Tally doesn’t know is that the Smoke turns out to be a place of fascination and wonder and while she is sent to betray her friend, she realises that there is more to life than being pretty.
I found this story easy to follow and read. Even though it is set in the future, the characters are well rounded with flaws that every teenager could relate to. They are rebellious with a good streak running through them. When they learn the dark secret that the Specials have kept hidden from them, it changes all of their lives and Tally goes from being a teenager on the verge of changing to one who questions everything that is thrown at her.