Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
The adventure continues from Uglies and remains just as interesting and thrilling as the first installment. The plot becomes slightly thicker and the stakes become slightly higher, a worthy and enjoyable sequel that I tore through in one day.
I quite like the subtle statement that teenagers have no purpose, so they’re kept busy partying until they grow old enough to be useful to society.
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 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.