Authour: Scott Westerfeld
Length: 448 pages
How long it took me to read: 4 days
What it's about: 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 ending is the most important part: The ending was predictable with just enough curiosity to read the next one.
Last word: I like the messages in the book, but I hate the terminology.
Spoilers after the jump
You know when you read a science fiction book and the authour names things to show that this is a civilization other than ours? I hated the terminology in this book; everything was -ies. Littlies, Pretties, Uglys, etc.
I liked the messages that the authour is trying to convey. Environmentalism, individuality, and thinking for yourself. I'm interested to see how the rest of the series plays out.