“Pretties (Uglies Book #2)” by Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
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 was warned when I started to read this that Pretties wasn’t as good as Uglies. I scoffed at the idea. Uglies was awesome, the sequel should be awesome too, right? After finishing the book, I completely understand what everyone was warning me about. Pretties was good but it definitely lacked something that Uglies had.
I’m really not a fan of romances. They always just seem forced in YA books. With that being said, I kind of liked whatever Tally and David had going in the first book. So when Pretties began I was annoyed at Tally’s behavior but I had to remind myself of the circumstances of the last book. I let it slide. Maybe it’s just me but the book’s romantic vibes were just weird. Tally’s relationship with Zane felt really rushed and then towards the end of the book, the love triangle was odd. I mean, I understand why it’s there but it was too cliche for my taste.
The overall story was okay. It reminded me a lot of Catching Fire in the sense that it was like “awww man, we have to do this again?”. If you’ve read the book, you know what I mean. The reader finds out more about the pretty world but I was kind of hoping for more.
I loved the twists and turns in the book. Some of what happened was a little predictable. Other revelations shocked me. It was a nice mix of events. I was fairly glued to my book which is always a good sign.
I enjoyed getting to see more of the pretty world. It was interesting to see it from an “insider’s” point of view. Maybe we’ll see more of it in future books? The lingo irks me though.
Once again, Westerfeld started annoying me with the social commentary stuff. Yes, we get that you don’t like how we currently are environmentally. We get that people today are too superficial. Blah, blah, blah. It’s annoying but not annoying enough to make me stop reading the series.
Enjoyable follow up. Can’t wait to read Specials in the future.