Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
(Uglies Trilogy, Book 2)

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In Tally's world, your 16th birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellant Ugly into a stunningly attractive Pretty, and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is having a really good time. Just before her birthday, Tally discovered that turning Pretty comes with a terrible price. She vowed to accept the operation, but with the understanding that her friends on the outside would rescue her, and let her be the guinea pig for the experimental and highly dangerous cure they're developing.

But in the second book of the Uglies series, Tally's Pretty. And everything's changed. The new, Pretty Tally is totally happy right where she is. She doesn't think she needs any kind of cure at all. When someone from her Ugly life shows up with a message, Tally has a hard time listening. Did she really promise to give all this up? Is she bound by a promise she made when she was a different person? If there is anything left of the old Tally, how will she fight her way out to keep her word and help her friends?

About Scott Westerfeld

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Scott Westerfeld is the author of ten books for young adults, including Peeps, The Last Days, and the Midnighters trilogy. He was born in Texas in 1963, is married to the Hugo-nominated writer Justine Larbalestier, and splits his time between New York and Sydney. His latest book is Extras, the fourth in the bestselling Uglies series.
Published November 11, 2008 by Simon Pulse. 388 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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This bracing second entry follows straight from Tally's stunning choice at the end of Uglies (Feb. 2005).

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Beyond the whole horrid society and the way it has everyone thinking, is the personal touch directed at Tally - Cable tells her the pair are very alike, in ways that convince the reader, if not Tally as much.

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They must face strenuous, dangerous physical challenges in order to locate the gift, which is accompanied by a startling and eye-opening letter from Tally to herself, written before she underwent the pretty surgery and explaining to her future self her motive in becoming a pretty --- to save all ...

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Gather Books

Pretties is the second book in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.

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Most of the novel takes place in New Pretty Town, the city pretties community has recently changed.

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Some characters cut themselves so they can feel some of these emotions again after the Pretty operation dulls their senses, and there's a description of ritual cutting.

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The Trades

The Pretties live their lives largely unaware of this breed -- because the operation that made them pretty also caused lesions in their brains that leaves them forevery "pretty minded."

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