First of all, if you haven't read Uglies don't read any further because this will be a spoiler!
Go read Uglies NOW!
Tally's transformation to perfect and popular including her totally hot boyfriend is everything she always wanted. But beneath the fun and freedom something is wrong and now Tally has to fight for her life because what she knows has put her in danger with the authorities.
Tally Youngblood is no longer Ugly, she is now Pretty and she is getting ready to join the Crims, one of the coolest cliques in New Pretty Town. Tally is finally at the party she’s been anxiously awaiting, the one at which the Crims will decide whether or not she can join, when some of the Smokies show up with a secret about the past she can no longer remember. Tally and her new boyfriend Zane fight to stay bubbly and not let themselves give into the lesions that make them pretty-minded, but it isn’t easy when the city and Zane’s own body are against them.
If all of this sounds like mindless jargon, just TRUST ME, it works in this book! I loved this book! I find the entire storyline completely fascinating. It's so interesting to think about what might happen if we were to take any belief system to the extreme. This book does that, not only with our idea of beauty, but also with environmental issues. What would it be like if we became so "green" that we forgot that we are a part of nature and this world? What about being so afraid of war that we make people unable to fight, or have strong opinions? Pretties shows us that extremes in any direction is dangerous. There are so many concepts that can be pondered that it would be easy to forget to tell you how exciting this book is! Just like the first book in this series, Uglies, I was completely hooked. There is so much adrenaline pack into these pages that I could hardly put it down. I think I may have even liked this book more because Tally was much more confident, and less self-absorbed in Pretties. Tally finds herself questioning all the things she's been told about looks, the environment, and the people who lived before her. I love that she didn't waste time worrying about things she couldn't do anything about, but did all in her power to change the things she could. The one downside is that, once again, the book ends with a major cliffhanger. Good thing Specials is already out!
Parental Advisory! This book has a little more questionable content in it than the first. Check out the full content review here.