Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 3rd 2006 by SIMON & SCHUSTER CHImore details...
(first published November 1st 2005)
1416917292 (ISBN13: 9781416917298)
David Baranov, Tally Youngblood, Shay, Dr. Cable, Andrew Simpson Smith ...more Andrew Simpson Smith, Peris
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?
Just like the first book, this one is just as well written in such a thought provoking manner that gets you thinking. I think I am truly starting to love this series more and more as I read on because it doesnt seem to be afraid of reaching into the taboo areas and then slapping us with common sense and truth. The book does seem to touch on some stereotypes though, that pretty people are ditzy, dumb, and unintelligent. But at the same time, they show that this isn't true, that you can have brains as well as beauty, but that the beauty does not and is not the most important thing. I did like reading about Zane and a part of me could see that something was gonna spark up between Zane and Tally, but at the same time I found myself screaming at the book, wondering how she could just forget David like that, and what would happen between them all. You do kind of get a little annoyed and angry that she has been turned into a pretty, but you can see why it is needed and what it was needed for. She was the test companent, and you know that she is going to be the very thing that changes the way the world works.
There is a lot of adventure in this book, and though in some places it seems predictable and cliche, you also can't help wondering and plotting. You can't help but read on just to see how the story will conclude, yet at the same time hoping it won't. I don't think the book was as exciting as the first one, but at the same time I just fell in love with it for reasons entirely of its own. The fact that there were new characters in it, that you had the best friend relationship turning dark and evil, and then of course the battle between the good and bad. In some ways the book did actually make me think about hunger games, as there does seem to be similarities within it, something that just has you wondering about the way the world could actually work, were these books to come true. I love the way that the characters are developed here.
The thing that I loved most about this book though was the imaginative ssence that was placed into it. Because in this one, you didn't just read it, but you actually got to live it and be part of it. It was as if this whole creative essence was really placed into it because the author wanted you to fall into the world. The pages were vibrant and real and it just had my heart racing, wanting to know what was around the corner. A wonderufl book, I look forward to reading the rest of the series after I have finished the library books I have to read.