Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon and Schuster)
Published: 8th February 2005
Buy here : Amazon UK
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
Tally is just another Ugly, another person waiting for the day they turn 16 to take the operation that will switch them from Ugly to Pretty. Tally’s best friend is just over three months older than her, Peris was turned pretty a while ago, born at the end of the year Tally has no friends left, they’ve all moved to New Pretty Town and she’s just counting down the days till she joins them. She soon stumbles upon another girl that has been left behind, all her friends are older too and have also moved, Shay and Tally seem to do everything together now, just waiting for the day to come so they don’t have to be alone anymore. However when Shay runs away before her birthday Tally is sent on the job with one condition. If she doesn’t find her Tally will never be pretty. What Tally discovers in the outside world surprises her though and may even make her question her own thoughts on being Pretty.
This novel is fairly old now, published back in 2005, however due to the current hype of the dystopian genre it has been gathering more interest lately. Tally isn’t necessarily the most likeable of characters which make me like her even more. The plot is very gripping and sucks you into the book with ease. You can feel the frustration of the characters and the suspicions they hold. The whole book, from front to back, seems to flow happily and suspense as to what’s going to happen is almost mind-boggiling. The cliffhanger that you are given at the end makes you want to pick up the next book as soon as you have finished the first.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Hunger games or Divergent or even people who just want to read a good book 🙂
“We may not be gorgeous, but at least we’re not hyped-up Barbie dolls.”
Stray by Rachel Vincent
Thanks for reading,