Pretties - Uglies, Bk 2 Author:Scott Westerfeld 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... more » 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.« less
Despite having loved Uglies, I spent much of the time feeling disappointed while reading Pretties.
The relationship between Zane and Tally never felt natural or convincing in the way her relationship with David was. The book retreads too much territory covered in the first book, merely changing the nature of tricks while tediously avoiding progress and revelation about the world and its social conflict. It only got interesting to me about 4/5ths of the way through... and even then, there were no surprises because the twists Westerfeld uses were all on display in Uglies, and this book follows formula rather than significantly expanding the mythos.
That said - I do like the series, and have high hopes for book 3. Its just a shame that you have to read book 2 to get there.
I rate it 3 of 5, based on the momentum of book one.
Tally finally has all she ever wanted: She's pretty, she's popular, she's in the coolest clique in New Pretty Town. What could possibly go wrong now?
Nothing does...until the night of the coolest costume party ever when a blast from the past shows up and leaves her a mystery to follow. All of a sudden Tally and her new friend Zane not only have a mystery to solve, but two tiny white pills to take...and no clue what they will do to them.
Once again Westerfeld has whisked us off to a sci-fi adventure world with more twists and turns that even a Hoverboard can handle. I can't wait to read the next book!
I thought it was ironic, reading a book where we're supposed to not like that the people in it are being conditioned against their will, yet the reader is being the subject of subtle brain-washing by all the repetition in this book.
I'm sure that kids are supposed to thing that being a Pretty is awful, but the older I get, the thought of a stress-free life where I don't have to worry about my job, my looks, what I eat, my health and believing I'm happy all the time sounds pretty appealing. (pun mostly not intended) I really like the idea of not having to diet and things that are used are efficiently recycled. In this day and age where everyone is suffering from some kind of illness physically or mentally, I think the trade-off is pretty fair.
As for the words Bubbly & Bogus... It's like the author got lazy and didn't want to use a thesaurus. I can understand these words being used in conversation, but he uses them as random adjectives when it's not necessary. I even read a handy little glossary sheet that had come with my boxed-set that tries to defend the overly-rampant use of these words, I'm guessing as a result of too many readers becoming irate.
I'm still not sure how I feel about the series as a whole, as it seems to be going downhill with a lot of unnecessary situations and the characters not really growing. Or when there's the part that Tally lets a primitive-like culture believe she's a god. That in itself adds some paradox because isn't she trying to fight against that type of thinking? I also have a hard time agreeing with the message given of wanting a society where people can get angry, violent and destructive (if they've been unconditioned) instead of a peaceful one where the people are blissfully happy (and healthy) in their ignorance. It makes me think of how people want peace but refuse to sacrifice anything for it.
The first book and the beginning of this book was great. It was captivating and different. But the end was annoying...***SPOILER ALERT****
The main character has escaped the city, then came back to rescue her friends. Next she escapes with her friends and decides to go back to the city only to escape again. And the annoying part was at the end of this book after she escapes the city she decides to go back again. The next book will be about her friends trying to rescue her or get her to escape again. Are you kidding me? I mean the author changes it up a bit, but it turned me off and I barely want to read the next book.
First of all, this trilogy is nowhere near as good as "The Hunger Games," so lower your expectations. Still- I'm not sure why I have seen so many reviews hating on the second book in comparison to the first. To me, the first book was entertaining but very flawed. Same with the second.
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Granted, perhaps because I didn't love the characters (Tally is no Katniss) I was less disappointed by Scott Westerfeld's decision to completely shift gear on the teenage romance subplot in "Pretties." (I do think that was a deliberate decision on Westerfeld's part, since he includes some fairly obvious commentary late in the book about how it's possible to fall in love with one person, and then as you keep growing up and changing, fall in love with another.)
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This book still includes some interesting ongoing commentary on society, human nature, and (although he's reaching a bit for this one) even gender stereotypes. Westerfeld's made-up jargon ("bubbly" and attaching "-making" to create an adjective, as in "pretty-making" or "panic-making," for example) is annoying and his plotting remains as shallow as it was in the first book (it just stands out more here, since he's relying on his past world-building).
I can't highly recommend this book or this series, but it's an interesting concept and fast read, so I wouldn't call reading these books a waste of time.