Pretties (Uglies) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-09 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 490 user ratings

"Funny... I liked this book better than the first one. I think the concept is interesting. When Peris asks Tally why she's not happy being a pretty-head...she replies, "Why am I unhappy? Because the city makes you the way they want you to be, Peris. And I want to be myself. That's why.
Peris: Maybe they have good reasons for changing us Tally."
Tally: Their reasons don't mean anything unless I have a choice, Peris. And they don't give anyone a choice.

I guess I've read a lot of books that have a similar theme (Farenheit 451, some Ayn Rand book, the Alliance, not to mention the book of Genesis (Adam and Eve) They all get at the topic of agency...and what if....we couldn't choose. There is always a hero/heroine who discovers that the power to choose for ourselves is important enough and powerful enough to drive people to face extreme danger and even death. For a member of the LDS church who has lessons in church at least a few times a year about made me think. Unfortunately at the end...she seems to be discovering that the mind controlling Specials may have had it right all along.

It's notable that in order to wake themselves up from this "pretty-mindedness" they have to do dangerous things like climb high towers and jump from air balloons. They also find that kissing, getting tattoo's and cutting themselves helps to make them feel more alive. Anything that gives an adrenaline rush I guess. But being in nature and away from their techno world...also gives this rush and I like that part.
I give 3 stars because the story intrigued, but again the plot was predictable. I wasn't bothered by the authors preachiness because it's his book and he should be able to say what he wants, but he does insert views on everything from religion to the environment to social roles. If that bugs may not like this book. If you liked'll like this one.
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"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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"I am beyond dissapointed with this sequel. Uglies was intriguing, making it's society around our world's obsession with apperance. This book was just 350 pages of dull "action". I didn't even read most of the book: I just skimmed it so I could move onto Specials.
Where did the strong Tally that had developed so well go?

She turned into a brainless idiot, never to be seen for the majority of the book.
And, worst of all, she's attached to her new boyfriend like glue.
Yes, her new boyfriend.
THUS, Westerfield inserts one of the most overused plot device: A LOVE TRIANGLE.
Alas, the most milked, beaten-with-a-stick plot cycle is now in this book.
David vs. Zane

This paring is somewhat paced the same as Gale vs. Peeta (from THG): Those two are probably the best written love-triangle I've read, but the problem is, similar to David, Peeta got the whole first book for everyone to fall in love with him, so when Gale (like Zane) comes into the next book, no one bothers to think he has a chance.
Only, unlike Gale, Zane is a flat, boring character. All I remember is he's hot and loves Tally. That's IT.

Also, I AM TIRED OF BUBBLY AND BOGUS. I wanted to punch whatever character was using "slang" at the moment.

So, needless to say, I'm less pumped to read Specials after this disaster of a book. I just hope to see some actual development of the plot.

EDIT: A few things I need to add:
1: The Hunger Games is most CERTAINLY not centered around a love triangle.
2: This love triangle in Pretties is only similar to the pacing of THG's triangle. Only the triangle is the most prominent part of Pretties/Specials
3: The ending of Specials was so. Predictable. It's. Not. Even. Funny.
4: Again, I understand Hunger Games' triangle is barely even a part of it. But that's another discussion.
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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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