Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Review: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld


Pretties by Scott Westefeld
Uglies, book 2

Published: 2005
Genre: Futuristic YA
Pages: 384

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. (good reads)


The second book is not as good as the first, but that would be a hard thing to do anyway. This is still a great book, and it leaves me with a cliffhanger that leaves me wanting more at once.


Tally has become pretty, she is perfect in every way and she is loving the parties, drinking and all the pretty things. The gang she is in is the coolest and she is drawn to the leader, Zane. But she cannot stay in her bubble forever and she is contacted by an ugly person, some bells ring in her head that they have met before. That is the beginning to trying to figure out what really happened before she became pretty, when she was "kidnapped" by uglies and taken to their camp, Smoke. But all is not what it seems to be. And the constant rush for a moment of clarity is dangerous.


It's great seeing Tally again, and this time she has fallen for Zane, who is troubled and who had started to figure out that when you become pretty, they do something to your personality too. I can see them as a couple even if I miss "ugly" David.


This book is about the struggle she has in pretty town where she is trying to figure things out. Not much happens in a way but it leaves more time to think. First I was horrified at what was being done to people, but now I see it has to be done. By doing this there are no wars, not even fights, people are happy and loving, and yes terribly shallow. They take care of nature and they live in their cities while nature takes care of itself outside. By doing this they are saving the world. The people that escape and go to Smoke, those burn the trees and cut them down. If there were more they would soon be too many and the planet would be harmed. Mankind stood on the brink of extinction and was only saved by this. Yes the way it's being handled is wrong, but there is a good thought behind it. It leaves me wondering, what is right and what is wrong? And what will Tally choose in the end?


He has managed to create an interesting world, and I like the concept behind these books. I really need to know what Tally will do and that cliffhanger, oh yes you should be ready with book 3 because it's a big one.


If you want to have a look at book one, here is a free download



20 comments:

  1. hmmmm, I wasn't sure whether to read Pretties - but after your review, i think I'll take the plunge!

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  2. I want to read all three of these and soon! Waiting on the download copy of Uglies at the moment.

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  3. B,

    I bought the first 2 books in this series for my daughter and I have been meaning to read them...I'm glad you enjoyed them enough to want to read the 3rd book. :)

    Thanks for the review.

    M

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  4. Your review of this one just reminded me of how much I want to read this series still. So many books and definitely not enough time.

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  5. I'm really glad that you're enjoying this series. I have them all just haven't read them yet but I'm sure I will soon!!

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  6. Aimee,
    I like the concept behind the series, so do give them a try. Cos they are very good YA.

    Vivienne,
    Yay, I hope you will enjoy the book :D

    Michelle,
    Do read them, they are interesting in their way. And they do leave you wanting more.

    Dar,
    I know about that. Perhaps I am lucky to live here then and not getting so many books. Cos I would be swamped otherwise

    Staci,
    You have them all, nice :)
    I hope you will enjoy them when you get to read them

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  7. Oh I do love how you end this review... You are something else!!!! Book 3 is a big one, lol!!!
    Excellent review!
    I am hoping you had a wonderful Tuesday and have a great Wednesday!

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  8. I really enjoyed this series! I think I preferred Zane over David.

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  9. Cecile,
    Same to you Cecile :D
    Oh yes book 3 has really built up to something and it will surely start exploding.
    Thanks.

    Debbie,
    They are so great. Hm, yeah, Zane was cool, but David was sweet. hard too choose

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  10. Cool that you continued with the series... Now I'm waiting your review of the third book :) Do you think you'll be reading the fourth one? If you don't know that at this point, answer it after reading the third book :)

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  11. I need to read Pretties, seems like "everyone" has read or are going to read this series :)

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  12. What is book three called? The Averages?

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  13. Heeej, Linda!
    I've granted you an award, head over to my blog to see it :)

    Have a great day

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  14. Maija,
    Sighs, stupid translations, will surely wait forever and the book is no where to be find in any Finnish library. But I have spoiled myself and know what book 4t is about ;)

    ladybug,
    Good series, should give it a go :)

    Aarti,
    Lol, it's called Specials. No average people in this book.

    Hilda,
    Will come over at once :)

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  15. Hi Blodeuedd!


    Excellent review! Makes me want to read this series even more.

    I downloaded Uglies after you posted it on your blog.

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Dottie :)

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  16. Dottie,
    Good, i hope you like it. It was cool, and different. I seem to be in a futuristic phase

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  17. Gotta love those cliffhangers B; they always leave me wanting more. (Depending on the book of course)..

    LOL
    Glad you enjoyed this story and series.

    Best
    L

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  18. Lea,
    Oh I love, and I hate them. Makes me want more, makes me hate them for making me wait ;)

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  19. When my TBR pile is more under control, I think I'll read this series. Thanks for the review.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  20. Anna,
    Do, they are very interesting. I like that they are different

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