Review: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld Audiobook

pretties 3 Review: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld AudiobookTitle: Pretties
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: November 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback, 370 pages
Narrator: Carine Montbertrand
Series: Book 2 in the Uglies series (read my review of Book 1, Uglies)
Source: Purchased from Audible

3 owls Review: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld Audiobook


Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

My thoughts

The follow up to Uglies, Pretties takes place after Tally has had the surgery and is loving life as a Pretty. After she receives a message from the Uglies she used to live with, she tries to shake off the juju that’s making her feel like she’s missing something. It’s not quite as simple as the book’s blurb makes it sound, though. She doesn’t just “wake up.” She has to decide if she wants to, then she has to fight hard to do it.

The writing was similar to Uglies, so Pretties felt familiar. There were new words (balance missing, mili helens, pretty making, crim) and I eventually tired of their repetitiveness (especially combined with the narrator’s gravelly voice). If I never hear the word ‘bubbly’ again in my lifetime, it will be too soon. The same world-building was there, and expanded upon. We learned quite a bit more about the Specials and their role in society and the different technological ways the Pretties can play around with their appearances, and I have to say, most of them were darn weird.

The same characters were back with a few more thrown in. We got to know Shay more (and it turns out she’s darn weird, too) and we were introduced to Zane, meant to form a love triangle with Tally and David. Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t get behind Zane. He was okay, but he was Pretty, you know? In my mind, he was no match for the Ugly David. Dr. Cable made several appearances and she was just as freaky and sneaky as ever.

The narrator does a fine job, nothing spectacular. The cover is okay, a bit generic for me. There’s a girl with red hair (did Tally ever have red hair? I can’t remember) and a boy trying to push his way into the picture. Meh.

The sum up

An acceptable follow-up to Uglies, but not outstanding in its own right.

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  1. Emily Woodhouse says:

    What I found most interesting about Pretties was its thematic use of various forms of bodily mutilation/eating disorders. In a perfect society, where everyone is brain-damaged into peace and transformed into absolutely perfectly beautiful creatures, how do you rebel?
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