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Tally Youngblood is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait for the operation that turns everyone from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to party. But new friend Shay would rather hoverboard to "the Smoke" and be free. Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The "Special Circumstances" authority Dr Cable offers Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
This first thing that captivated me here was the idea itself. In times when beauty means more than it should and where you get judged just by your look this book played with that phenomena marvelously and it critiques it wonderfully. Not so long ago I have seen a documentary about little girls whose mothers do everything to make them the prettiest girls in the world. No matter what you say, no one can persuade me that it's not sick. Irony is that kids are the only ones who see the real beauty and never judge by the outside and then they are thought to do just that. It's like taking a childhood from the child. I know it's off topic but the beauty of this book is that it shows the real priorities and beauty. Not the outside one but the one inside. It shows in the descriptions of characters who went from ugly to pretty and the change it created in their actions and behaviors. With the transition we see changes made not only outside but inside.
While this series had a great idea and great world-building with really interesting characters and action, still I struggled with the start of the story. It was so slow that I thought I'd give up. Luckily I didn't. Now I hope I'll enjoy the Pretties more.
Rating: 4 stars.
Until the next time,