Book Review: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

pretties Title: Pretties
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First line: Getting dressed was always the hardest part of the afternoon.

Pretties is the second book in Scott Westerfeld’s YA dystopian series. I will start by saying that I loved it – so much that I stayed awake until 1 am last night finishing it. The rest of this review will contain spoilers of the first book in the series, Uglies. If you haven’t read these books yet – and you should – then skip the rest of the review.

Uglies ended with a complete cliff-hanger: Tally gave herself up to Special Circumstances in order to be made Pretty, knowing that it would also result in her brain being altered so that she wouldn’t care about anything in her past, and possibly not even remember it.

When Pretties opens, we find Tally in New Pretty Town, trying to decide what to wear to the afternoon’s party. Her mind has obviously been altered, she is pretty, through and through. At the party, however, she meets someone from the past, and she begins to wonder what it is she can’t remember. The memories return, aided by her new love interest, Zane, and Tally has to find a way to get back to the Smokies.

This book was un-put-down-able. I read the first two chapters, set it aside for a day, and then picked it up and read until I had finished. Westerfeld is a master storyteller, and he has created a completely believable future world – one which is terrifying, because it’s not far-fetched or out of reach when you look at our society today.

I occasionally found myself getting frustrated with the character’s reactions – especially in the relationship between Tally and Shay – but then I reminded myself that these characters are only teenagers. Even though they are having to deal with some pretty huge issues and choices, they’re still young.

As I read the last chapter in the wee hours this morning, I was very happy to know that I have Specials waiting on my stack to start today, since Westerfeld again ended the book with a complete “oh my gosh!” moment.

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18 Responses to Book Review: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

  1. Kathy says:

    I really want to read this series. Great review.

    • taylorrr(: says:

      I read this for my advanced literature class. We had less than a month to read and it was a really good book. It had action on almost every page. I absolutley loved it! Read It(:

    • ana says:

      i already read them they are awesome!

  2. I’ve read every book in the series, other than Extras, this week. This is seriously good YA.

  3. Marie says:

    Un-put-downable is always a good sign! 🙂

  4. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Kathy – thanks! I think you would like them.

    Jen – I was planning to start Specials this afternoon, but picked up The Last Bridge instead, and it’s grabbed me. Might be a good thing – the hold list for Extras is a mile long at our library!

    Marie – except when you have to pay the price the next day for reading into the wee hours of the morning!

  5. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I’ve not heard anything bad about any of these books. Staying up until 1 in the morning means alot to me…I fall asleep in the middle of anything!

  6. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Sandy – I usually do, too!

  7. lilly says:

    Great review. I just bought part one in the library book sale and i can’t wait to start reading it.

    • ana says:

      lucky! I really wanted to buy all 4 books. But it got complicated and couldn’t of bought it! <3

  8. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Lilly – oh, good find at a library sale!

  9. S. Krishna
    Twitter: skrishna

    Ok, I haven’t read Uglies, so I only read the first sentence or two of the review. I really need to get around to this series!

  10. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    S. Krishna – I think you will really like this series.

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  13. Brittan says:

    I agree with Taylor(: it was a very good book i related to how tally and zane were and it was over-all a very good book.

  14. allison says:

    Umm pretties is the SECOND BOOK in the series not the third