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Pretties Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Westerfeld, Scott
ISBN: 1442419806     ISBN-13: 9781442419803
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2011
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Annotation: 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?
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Beauty, Personal; Fiction.
Brainwashing; Fiction.
Science fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011012676
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: The Uglies
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (0.74 lbs) 348 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 102674
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q38371
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 20.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): >
Scott Westerfelds other teen books include the Midnighters series, Peeps, So Yesterday, and The Last Days. He divides his summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Westerfeld's unique dystopian "trilogy plus one" receives a full redesign (in hardcover, no less), from covers to trim size and page design, in an apparent attempt to market the books to a crossover audience. [Review covers these titles: Extras, Pretties, Specials, and Uglies.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring)
This futuristic novel looks at what happens to a society when it structures itself to be beautiful, safe, and focused exclusively on entertainment. This second installment in the projected trilogy doesn't really stand alone. Still, Westerfeld's world is both appealing and appalling; the pace moves quickly with twists; and rebellious teen Tally is a memorable, believable character. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2005 #6)
The second in a projected trilogy, this futuristic novel looks at what happens to a society when it structures itself to be beautiful, safe, and focused exclusively on entertainment. At the end of the first book, Uglies, rebellious teen Tally Youngblood agreed to be the guinea pig for a subversive procedure meant to undo the brain lesions intentionally inflicted on every teen as they become "pretty" at age sixteen. But now Tally, with her breathtaking face and super athleticism, is consumed with the life of a "New Pretty" -- all parties and trying to be "bubbly." When given a letter she wrote herself pre-Pretty, she realizes how shallow her life has become, so she takes the experimental pills, splitting them with her friend Zane. This second installment suffers from some typical middle-book problems and doesn't really stand alone. Still, the world Westerfeld creates is both appealing and appalling; the pace moves quickly with twists; and Tally is a memorable, believable character -- admirably self-sufficient and plucky without being insufferably so. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 October #3)
Tally, the star of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (which PW said, "raises thought- provoking issues") is now one of the Pretties, thanks to an operation that everyone from Uglyville gets when they turn 16, and which makes them gorgeous. In this sequel, a letter Tally discovers from her "former" self raises disturbing questions about what else may have occurred during the procedure. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 December)

Gr 9 Up -This sequel to Uglies (S & S, 2005) continues to provide a gripping look at a dystopian future, but does not stand on its own. Tally, the protagonist of the first book, has forgotten all that she did as an Ugly and has completely embraced the mindless life of a New Pretty, going to parties, drinking heavily, and thinking of nothing more than the next bit of entertainment. It is not until one of the Uglies from New Smoke comes and delivers a message for her that leads her to two pills, that she begins to remember the real reason she is Pretty: to see if the cure will work. Tally and her new boyfriend, Zane, each take one of the pills and both begin to stay focused for longer periods of time. Then he has a bad reaction to the pill, and Tally has to make a desperate attempt to get him to the only doctors who can help him-the ones outside the city. Westerfeld has built a masterfully complex and vivid civilization. His characters are multidimensional, especially Tally, who wrestles with what she has done in the past and what she will be forced to do in the future. Uglies and Pretties are both nearly impossible to put down. If you don't have the first one, make sure to purchase them both.-Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI

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