Pretties by: Scott Westerfeld

Book: Pretties
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopia


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.


Have I said how awesome Scott’s Voice is.  He takes this world and creates an easy to follow yet realistic linguistic style that adds to his world building.  Bubbly!

He can also write one heck of an action scene in his world.

This book brings to the table a somewhat love triangle and an attempt to escape the prison of Prettyville.  Add to that the wrist cuffs and it’s definitely most interesting.

Tally – MC who seams to need a heaping push in order to do anything.

Zane – yummy love interest that is both strong and flawed.

David – yummy underrated love interest that just doesn’t make the cut but also doesn’t come for the girl when he should have.

Shay – best friend who has every right to be pissed at Tally

Peris – previous best friend and potential first book love interest that was never followed up on in favor of pursuing David.  Dropped to a secondary character with no real purpose.

This book still suffers from overwriting in some areas and a middle that sagged. I struggled to get through the last third of this book.  Add to that a weird offshoot at the end with anthropological experiment.  While I did like the inference to Rapunzel, it felt like a clunky odd addition to the novel.

Final Thoughts:

The book ended on another cliff hanger that makes me want to reach for the third book immediately.  However, in trying to keep up with my reading goals for this year, I am going to have to pass on the rest of the series till a later date.  I keep hitting a lag with this series around the middle and can’t pull through it.  It might just be that I am in a reading slump.  I certainly hope that’s the case.

Rating: 7/10


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