Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
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 choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
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1 . One word: wow.
Posted June 10, 2010 by Ashlee F. , HdG MarylandI totally loved this book! I never expected to pick up a random book in my english classroom and have it be this amazing. To anyone who is looking for a reason to not read this book i honestly can't think of one.
2 . good...but had down points
Posted March 06, 2010 by kmmjaa , montereythis book was a very good read even though i only read half of it. It had its down points and that is were i stopped reading it because i was confused and was becoming very bord of it. But it was a good read i truly couldnt tell you why i stopped reading it because i stopped at the good part so.....ya. I encorage you to read this book
3 . Definately a GREAT book
Posted March 17, 2009 by Jennifer S. , Ft. HoodI enjoyed this book so much I bought the 2-4 in the series- Pretties and Specials and Extras. The book made me interested in what happens in the second Pretties, and I had to read it immediately!
4 . loved it
Posted January 21, 2009 by melissa , spanishforkthis was such a fun book to read, that i had to buy all his books and cant wait to find out what happens next!
5 . Review
Posted July 13, 2007 by bbri90 , TucsonThis book was rather good. The idea is fabulous and it leaves you on the edge of your seat. There were some parts where i became less interested, but overall this book is really worth the read.
March 01, 2005
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Excerpt from Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
From Part 1: Turning Pretty
Is it not good to make society full
of beautiful people?
--Yang Yuan, quoted in The New York Times
New Pretty Town
The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.
Of course, Tally thought, you'd have to feed your cat only salmon-flavored cat food for a while, to get the pinks right. The scudding clouds did look a bit fishy, rippled into scales by a high-altitude wind. As the light faded, deep blue gaps of night peered through like an upside-down ocean, bottomless and cold.
Any other summer, a sunset like this would have been beautiful. But nothing had been beautiful since Peris turned pretty. Losing your best friend sucks, even if it's only for three months and two days.
Tally Youngblood was waiting for darkness.
She could see New Pretty Town through her open window. The party towers were already lit up, and snakes of burning torches marked flickering pathways through the pleasure gardens. A few hot-air balloons pulled at their tethers against the darkening pink sky, their passengers shooting safety fireworks at other balloons and passing parasailers. Laughter and music skipped across the water like rocks thrown with just the right spin, their edges just as sharp against Tally's nerves.
Around the outskirts of the city, cut off from town by the black oval of the river, everything was in darkness. Everyone ugly was in bed by now.
Tally took off her interface ring and said, "Good night."
"Sweet dreams, Tally," said the room.
She chewed up a toothbrush pill, punched her pillows, and shoved an old portable heater -- one that produced about as much warmth as a sleeping, Tally-size human being -- under the covers.
Then she crawled out the window.
Outside, with the night finally turning coal black above her head, Tally instantly felt better. Maybe this was a stupid plan, but anything was better than another night awake in bed feeling sorry for herself. On the familiar leafy path down to the water's edge, it was easy to imagine Peris stealing silently behind her, stifling laughter, ready for a night of spying on the new pretties. Together. She and Peris had figured out how to trick the house minder back when they were twelve, when the three-month difference in their ages seemed like it would never matter.
"Best friends for life," Tally muttered, fingering the tiny scar on her right palm.
The water glistened through the trees, and she could hear the wavelets of a passing river skimmer's wake slapping at the shore. She ducked, hiding in the reeds. Summer was always the best time for spying expeditions. The grass was high, it was never cold, and you didn't have to stay awake through school the next day.
Of course, Peris could sleep as late as he wanted now. Just one of the advantages of being pretty.
The old bridge stretched massively across the water, its huge iron frame as black as the sky. It had been built so long ago that it held up its own weight, without any support from hoverstruts. A million years from now, when the rest of the city had crumbled, the bridge would probably remain like a fossilized bone.