Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pretties

This series has its hook in me, that's for sure! This is the second installment in Scott Westerfeld's insanely popular series that began with Uglies. This one started off a little slower for me, but by the end the action and suspense were just as good as in the first novel.

Pretties continues to follow Tally Youngblood, a rebellious Ugly that was turned Pretty in the last novel. She is enjoying her new life as a Pretty, taking in all the party action and making friends with the very exclusive club, the Crims, when an old friend from her past life as an Ugly shows up. Tally is reminded of her trip to The Smoke and what she was actually doing in Pretty Town. Tally and Zane, a Crim, take the pills left by Croy and hope that they will be cured as the members of the Old Smoke had promised. When Zane has a bad reaction to the pill, Tally must find a way to get him to the New Smoke and the doctor that created the Cure.

In this novel, Tally wrestles with a lot of emotions including guilt, anger, and sadness. She feels horribly for betraying Shay, David, and the rest of The Smoke and wishes only to redeem herself. The only part of this book that I didn't care for was all the "pretty talk." It can get confusing and somewhat annoying when every other word is "bubbly." That alone is not a reason to avoid these books, as the plots are fantastic and very much original. I can't wait to read the last in the trilogy, Specials.

6 comments:

Becky said...

Amanda,

So happy you're enjoying this series. I hope the last doesn't disappoint! I agree that it's a little too bubblicious at times--but overall, I really enjoyed this one. I'm halfway through this one myself--a reread on my part. So my review will probably be up within days!

Amy said...

I have read this series and loved it.
I want to read his Vampire tales too but haven't gotten to them. Thanks for the review!

LiteracyTeacher said...

The first-ever picture book carnival is up on my blog, http://mentortexts.blogspot.com/2007/07/first-ever-picture-book-carnival.html. Thank you for participating! Please consider submitting a picture book for the next one I'm hosting on back-to-school books at: http://blogcarnival.com/bc/cprof_2189.html

Cheers!

Andi said...

I first heard about this series at a Children's Literature conference in Nashville last year. A couple on my panel presented on it, and it sounds absolutely fascinating. Thanks for the great review!

Debi said...

I just bought Uglies last week, thanks to you, I might add. I have it on my upcoming New Authors challenge. I simply can't wait to get to it!

soleil said...

i just finished Uglies last night. today i will hopefully get to pretties but maybe not since there is tech and a performance tonight. but i am already hooked.