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Pretties (Uglies) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 490 user ratings
ISBN:1442419806
LANGUAGE:English

"Not very bubbly or pretty-making. Rather Bogus. Half a milli-Helen at best my fellow reader-la. (Make sure you over use all of those--as in EVERY TIME a character speaks.) My biggest issue with book 2 was the language, which I just tried to emulate to demonstrate how annoying it is. It seriously sounds like what a middle-aged adult thinks trendy teens might sound like. I had to force myself to stay with it. It was tiresome and cliché.

Add to this the fact the author seems to have forgotten that in the last book we were told that the reason for the surgery was to create unity between people. Here, he promptly forgets this by creating exclusive cliques in New Pretty Town. We were also told in the 1st book that no extreme surgeries were allowed that might make one stand out from others, but all of a sudden, they are allowed gems that rotate counter-clockwise in their eyes, heartbeat following tattoos, and other things that take their well-rounded beauty to extremes. It felt like the author forgot what he'd written in book one and was looking for a way to 'future-ize' the trends of New Pretties. It felt contrived and fake.

I do, however, really like the main character, Tally. I liked the new character, Zane, and the downward spiral of Shay felt authentic. I'm sad that Peris is still just a sideline, unfulfilled character after being mentioned in both books. He doesn't add much to the storyline and should probably have been a passing mention without trying to write him in. The new love triangle added some much needed angst, and we certainly understand how messed up the thinking is of those in charge now that we've seen a reservation.

If you can get past the terrible dialog and stick with it, the storyline is interesting.

I am planning on giving book 3 a try, hoping once we are out of New Pretty Town the dialog will improve and the book will be at least as good as book 1.
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"A trilogy or a book series where the sequels turn out better than the first installment is a rather rare treat for readers; almost always, the first book is the best. After reading the second book of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, I believe that this trilogy-plus-one is going to be classified in that category. :)

Pretties picks up where Uglies left off—Tally Youngblood has finally become a new Pretty and has joined her other friends in the city to live a not-so-bubbly life. The most important thing a Pretty can do is to party, and you are required to do nothing (until you become a middle Pretty, when you finally have to find a job) but to be lazy, vain, and vapid. Tally seems to be content with her Pretty life until a message from the past brings back Ugly memories. With vague flashbacks surging in her head, she remembers why she has agreed to be surgically altered, and now she and some members of her Pretty clique—the Crims—embark on a journey to escape from the controlling city….and to be cured.

Apparently I enjoyed Pretties more than Uglies for several reasons.

The themes that are explored in book 1 are continuously revisited, sometimes providing additional information that gives more light to the topics, answering questions I haven’t even formed when I was reading Uglies.

Also, this time, I felt the characters more. Tally as a Pretty is something more palpable than her Ugly self, where it’s supposed to be the other way around (maybe it’s only just me, though). It must be noted, however, that Tally still has this ‘Ugly’ heart and mind, and she hasn’t really changed completely. So what’s done here’s her character is given more weight for being a Pretty on the surface and still a real Ugly on the inside. There are times where she treads lightly on the Mary Sue grounds, but maybe only it’s because she and a majority of characters in the book are beautiful—I’ve been a bit wary of very pretty characters since the first time I wrote fanfiction. Mary Sue is a big no-no. Still, I liked Tally-wa. :p

Zane is a good character as well. It’s a shame that I liked him more than David.

What I liked the most about this book? The twists. The latter part, where Tally finally arrives to the New Smoke, contains a chock-full of those. The twist about the cure, the location of the transmitter, Shay’s and the Cutters’ fates, you name them. I loved being surprised.

A good read all in all—I’m glad I decided to continue with this series. It’s still a YA book, but a good one at that.
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"Stand: 2010

Band eins war ja schon genial, aber Band zwei fand ich sogar noch ein wenig besser. Besonders das Ende des Buches haut einen geradezu um. Ich kann es gar nicht erwarten endlich Band drei in die Finger zu bekommen.
Wenn man mit dem Buch beginnt ist man erst einmal geschockt. Es ist schrecklich zu sehen, dass Tally wirklich durch und durch eine Pretty geworden ist. Dass die Operation tatsächlich etwas bewirkt, sie geradezu "hirnlos" macht. Allerdings unterscheidet sich Tally doch noch von anderen Pretties. Genau wie Zane.
Die Liebesgeschichte zwischen Tally und Zane habe ich sehr zwiegespalten verfolgt. Man hat noch immer die Sache mit David im Hinterkopf. Aber Tally kann sich schließlich nicht mehr wirklich an ihn erinnern. Ein toller Konflikt, der hier geschaffen wurde, und den man seehr interessiert verfolgt.
Auf ihrem Weg in diesem Buch trifft Tally auch auf ein Reservat in dem die Specials eine Gruppe von Menschen beobachten die in der Wildnis leben. Auch da schwingt wieder deutliche Kritik an der Obrigkeit mit, was mir wieder einmal super gefallen hat. Die Tatsache, dass Tally trotz Gehirnmanipulation noch versucht der Pretty-Welt zu entkommen ist einfach bewundernswert. Denn es ist schließlich auch nicht alles Gold, was glänzt. (Hach ja, ein weiser Spruch am Tag, tut doch gut, oder? xD)
Generell finde ich, dass das Buch besonders durch die Aussagekraft von Tallys Handlungen und Entscheidungen überzeugen kann. Allerdings hat mich Tally als Pretty doch auch ein wenig gestört. Sie selbst kann natürlich nichts für ihre Naivität, aber Scott Westerfeld kann leider schon etwas dafür, dass wir diese Naivität zu lesem bekommen. Das hat dem Buch aber auch fast keinen Abbruch getan!
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" For me the Uglies series are the most under-hyped books I have ever read. This is one of my all time favorite series right up there with Harry Potter, Throne of Glass and the Hunger Games. I first read the series in high school and on this re-read I feel it really stands the test of time! " said.

"I am a 40-something mom falling for YA fiction all over again. Pretties is not as fast-paced as Uglies, but this second installment in the series made me more emotionally involved overall, and made me care more for Tally and the other characters by the end of the book. Be patient with the slower parts--it will build soon and surpass your expectations. Scott Westerfeld is brilliant at creating this superficial world and characters, who have created their own future-language. The ending has the perfect cliffhanger, leaving you waiting for Specials..." said.

"Don't judge me, but the first time I have read Uglies, David was a character I didn't like at all, but I ended up having my mind completely changed about him. I honestly wanted more of him and Tally and I expected them to at least share a kiss (for the sake of my little fangirl soul).
On the other hand, Zane was someone I didn't enjoy reading about as much as I thought I would, and his and Tally's relationship was really boring for me in some parts.
Even though it was a good and fast read I more or less loved, dear mr. Westerfeld, you can't top Uglies with this sequel.
I am really looking forward to the last book in this series (+ Extras).
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"I was going to give this 3 and a half stars because I found it to be a bit dull but when I actually think back at what happened in the book it wasn't that dull, it was just me not being connected to the story

I don't connect that well with Tally, I had hopes she'd grow up a bit more in this but she still stayed the same, this made me a bit annoyed as most the book was just tally.

The storyline was great but all the fun exciting stuff really happens towards the end, I hated new pretty town and not having David or any of the other smokies featured more.

I did love the new developments and am hoping the last book specials brings this series all together and me and Tally can finally get along
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"Love, Love, Love!!! I totally love it. And here are some of my coments:

You learn more about the "Rusties" in this one. It was kind of creepy. They refer to us as stupid....Maybe we are. I mean look at what we are doing to the planet that we live on. We are killing the planet. And you know what they say, that there is going to be more and more of us in the future. And she said that the oil thing, killing most of the "Rusties", saved the planet. Well, I don't like the "killing most of the popuation" part, but if you don't find some way to control the popuation and how we use our resoures, then we are all (or most) are going to DIE!!!! And I don't side with the Specials with the controling everyone and giving everyone brain damage. And I don't side with Tally completely ethier. I want a mix of both. Control popuation, simi-set lives, and stuff like that. I want to be bubbly and pretty if you know what I mean.

And OMG!!! Talk about a love triangle!!!!! Zane and Daivd! Wow, I feel so sorry for Tally. I mean having a love triangle and dealing with what she did being ugly and what she did being pretty. I mean Tally has some major problems to sort out. I don't want to be her. Well, I guess if you can do all the things she did than you a deal with these problems.

I didn't want her to brake-up with Daivd, though. I mean, he was there FIRST and he wanted to go to Tally but he couldn't. So step off Zane. Daivd was first.

So that is my coment for Petties. If you want to hear more of my coments on Tally's world well then just wait 'til the next review. Which is for Specials. Stay bubbly! Bye!!
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