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Pretties

de Scott Westerfeld

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Finally surgically transformed into a "pretty," sixteen-year-old Tally, now gorgeous and programmed to think only happy thoughts, is plagued by tangled memories of living in the Smoke, a rebel colony of "ugly" runaways hiding from the Special Circumstances authorities.
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
A good continuation of the trilogy begun in [b:Uglies|24770|Uglies (Uglies, #1)|Scott Westerfeld|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255574770s/24770.jpg|2895388]. I thought the pacing was a bit too slow even for me; I'm not sure how a real YA would react. (Audiobook note: The narrator's habit of having almost all the characters stre-e-e-e-etch out the first syllable of a sentence's first word is really beginning to annoy me. I'll almost certainly listen to the 3rd book, [b:Specials|968|The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)|Dan Brown|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255581720s/968.jpg|2982101], but I'm not certain I'll be able to endure the narration all the way through. I might have to resort to print.] ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
Well... can't say I didn't expect this after Uglies, but still anything like pretty-world is giving me shivers. It's like disgust slightly clouded by rationalization. It's something I can't really like no matter the reasons. And besides, level of selfdoubting in this book is through the roof for me. ( )
  WorkLastDay | Dec 17, 2023 |
Same comment as I gave to the first installment. This one was a quick and very entertaining read. Really loved the flip perspective from ugly to pretty! The pace was right on track and the new characters added a nice layer of depth to the narrative. Can't wait to read #3! :) ( )
  BreePye | Oct 6, 2023 |
I read the Uglies quartet back in middle school and absolutely adored them. I must have reread them at least twice, but I hadn't done so again in a while. I was at a library yesterday and saw Westerfeld and picked up Pretties to kill time. As is the case with all fast paced books, I had almost finished it by the time I left. This remains one of the strongest dystopian series I've read, and I daresay I've read a few.

The premise behind this world is that all kids have a surgery on their sixteenth birthday that beautifies them, and also obviously does something else--otherwise the new pretties wouldn't be running around with no cares in the world but partying and having fun.

One of the strongest aspects of Westerfeld's writing comes in his world making. Tally is one of the "new-pretties" and as such lives in New Pretty town and will until she's a middle pretty. There, the utmost care is taken with safety for the various completely dangerous activities that residents can partake in. Tally's clique, the Crims, engages in a stunt that melts a floating ice rink and sends them all crashing to the ground, but as they were all wearing bungee jackets, they were safe.

The plot is fast paced and action packed. As soon as we're finished hearing about the antics in New Pretty Town, Westerfeld throws us into drama and exciting events, and from there on, there's no stopping.

There's enough romance to satisfy me without distracting from the plot or making it a star, which is a refreshing balance.

For anyone into dystopias, this series is a must read. Just make sure you have all four books at your hands when you do so! ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
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The kind of book I loved reading at 15 or 16: damned fine science fiction and damned fine yarns.
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Westerfeld, Scottautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Corral, RodrigoDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gordon, RussellDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jaskoll, YaffaDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Montbertrand, CarineNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Tremaine, EmilyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Part I: Sleeping Beauty

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless.

- John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice, I
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To the Australian SF community for all your acceptance and support.
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Getting dressed was always the hardest part of the afternoon.
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Part II: The Cure

and kisses are a better fate

than wisdom

- e.e. cummings, "since feeling is first"
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The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
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Finally surgically transformed into a "pretty," sixteen-year-old Tally, now gorgeous and programmed to think only happy thoughts, is plagued by tangled memories of living in the Smoke, a rebel colony of "ugly" runaways hiding from the Special Circumstances authorities.

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