Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Pretties (Uglies Trilogy #2) by Scott Westerfeld
Synopsis: 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 remember 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.
This book was better than Uglies. But I didn't like how Westerfeld repeated Tally's story throughout the entirety of the book. He kept going back to ugly days and repeating what had happened to Tally, even though she knew what had happened and mostly every character in the book did, too. I understand that Westerfeld might have been doing this for the benefit of readers who haven't read the first book, but I would think that you would read the first book since it is on the back of Pretties.
Tally's point of view on the entire world has been altered thanks to her pretty operation. I loved how Westerfeld didn't pretend like nothing had happened to Tally during the operation and how he changed her mind into a pretties. She sees the world like a pretty and she acts like a pretty, wanting to be bubbly for her friends. She knows that something's wrong but pushes it away while she becomes bubbly. And even when she finally remembers everything from her past, she still tries to push it away. She doesn't want to accept everything. But she has to. And eventually, she does. Which is why I have a love-hate relationship with Tally as the heroine of these books. She's somewhat selfish until she sees the damage she could do with her own selfishness and she turns against her own mind and tries to do something right.
Westerfeld introduces lots of more characters in this book, added onto the others that Tally met in Uglies. But it's not overwhelming, which I found so amazing. He lets you learn each character and then he'll introduce another, leaving you enough time to get used to one character before you meet another. Westerfeld is very good at making each character seem real and alive. I found myself being sucked into the story when I opened the book and it stuck with me long after I closed it.
Overall, Pretties is a wonderful addition to the Uglies trilogy. I love how Westerfeld gives you the insight to each part of Tally's world, starting with Uglies, going to Pretties and ending with Specials. His writing is amazing and i loved entering each world that he's created. The Uglies trilogy are intriguing books and I highly recommend them to anyone, whether you're a boy or girl.