Scott Westerfeld: Pretties

Make sure to check out my review of Uglies!

Gorgeous. Popular.Perfect. Perfectly wrong.

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.

I said in my review of Uglies that I wasn’t sure if I would continue with Pretties, but since it was on my shelf already, I felt the need to at least try. Why not, right?

But, I had a hard time with the world building aspects of the first book. They were so rigid…until they weren’t. It just wasn’t so believable to me.

So when right off the bat in the first few pages, the walls and breakfast trays were sentient–something that never happened in Uglies–I was turned off. There was some pretty intense technology, but not that level of AI.

But ok, that was Uglyville, now we are Pretties, right? I could maybe get on board with that. However, Tally is eating lobster and caviar for breakfast, which made NO sense. When she got to the Smoke, she could barely get over hunting and eating rabbits like the Rusties used to–because modern society lived on sustainable soy protein. Eating animals was absolutely unheard of, because the Rusties had maxed out all of the resources. This perfect little utopia was completely against stuff like that. So lobster and caviar? Maybe I’m supposed to suspend belief and they farm seafood? But then couldn’t they farm rabbits too?

That was just in the first chapter. After that, I could follow along with the plot points, but by the middle when things “got interesting,” I just couldn’t care about the things I should be caring about. Then there was a cutting cult and I just said nope. No thanks. This series isn’t worth my time anymore.

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