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.
I started reading this book with very high hopes. It starts off with amazing voice. It was a funny yet effective description, and immediately I fell into pace with this novel. Also there is this amazing action sequence at the beginning that really sets up the world building. Super effective.
I continued to love it all the way until we got to the Smoke. What I enjoyed most was that Mr. Westerfeld wrote everyday of the journey. I wanted to know how it went, and I received that perspective.
However after that the book started to sag for me. First off it’s like he completely ignored the girlfriend rule. Girls do not steel other girl’s guys, not if they are supposed to be best friends. In the book ,it was written like Tally didn’t even know David was interested in her until afterwards when Shay points it out in jealousy. In the real world us girls, we know. And if we are as close as they are supposed to be, we say something to the guy. If not, you are just a jerk of a friend and human being.
Also their where plenty of conversations that felt like a so bob, let me just recap what we read but from someone else’s perspective other than the MC. It felt clunky.
After that it was downhill for me. We spent so much time traveling to the Smoke, yet when it came time to go back to the Rusty Ruins it was summed up. Also you don’t have an epic fight with a guy you are supposed to be falling in love with and not remember it and sum it up in a paragraph. That scene either needed to be written or that paragraph should have been cut from the manuscript.
Furthermore the end felt rushed. Like it was a race to the finish in the fewest words possible; the pacing was all off from the beginning style set up to the end.
Conceptually this book is groundbreaking. In execution it felt like a first novel, needs improvement but still entertaining. I can tell you that it leaves you on one heck of a cliffhanger that made me reach immediately for the next book despite the flaws.
P.S. Love the new covers. I totally bought all of the books in this cover set I thought they where so stunning.