Vow to the Older Book: September 2012

1 September, 2012 / 2 Comments

SIK Book Reviews

Vow to the Older Book is a meme hosted by me (Sam @SIK Book Reviews).

I vow to read one “older” book per month in an attempt to break away from the book reviewer’s tendency to only read/review new releases.
To participate and/or to see full rules, please visit my Vow to the Older Book page.

Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Date Pub: November 1, 2005
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo
My Copy: eBook, 239 pages

Goodreads Synopsis:
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 lie, 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.

I wasn’t that big of a fan of the first book in the series, Uglies, but I still felt the need to read the second book, Pretties, because the story had caught my interest.  I’m glad that I did decide to read it.  The concept of seeing how the “Pretties” think was quite interesting to me and I was satisfied with the development of this story.  One thing that very much bothered me throughout the novel was the way that the “New Pretties” talked.  Goodness, it drove me crazy!  I found it irritating and immature.  I understand the reasoning that Westerfeld decided to write it this way – to make the “Pretties” seem ditsy and brainless – but I wish he would have found another way of doing so.  Here’s a few examples of what drove me crazy, so you can see for yourself what I’m talking about:

     Tally tried to be bubbly.
     She was nervous about saying something bogus.
     This went totally missing on everyone.
     Kissing Zane was dizzy-making.
     Funny how that kick to the head had left her brain-missing for a moment.

The characters were nicely developed.  I especially enjoyed seeing all the different sides to Tally – her as a “Pretty” and then transforming back into her old, “Ugly” self again.  The new character, and Tally’s new love-interest, Zane was a very likeable character.  His development was good as well.  The characters were all changing in this book from the way they were presented in the first one, which was interesting to see.

The writing is decent.  Still, something seemed a bit off to me about it, just like the first book.  But, it was able to keep me interested.

Overall, I would recommend this book to fans of YA Dystopia, I would advise not to get your hopes up too much.  This book was good, but not great.  It was interesting, but not completely captivating.  The novel ended with a bang and an unexpected twist, but I didn’t care for it for this reason that I am going to white-out due to a small spoiler, highlight if you want to read it: (it ended suspiciously similar to the first book, with Shay changing just like the ending of the first book.  Then, Tally is captured.  Although, this time against her will.  But she is following the same path as Shay again.  It just felt kind of like a copy-cat of the first novel’s ending, just in a slightly different direction.  I’m not saying exactly what happened in case you are reading this and haven’t read the book.  I don’t want to give away the complete ending!)

A peak inside the book:

I’m Tally Youngblood. My mind is very ugly. And I’m taking your car.

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2 Responses to “Vow to the Older Book: September 2012”

  1. I actually just finished this series a couple of days ago. I really liked the series overall, but I was not a huge fan of Tally. I loved the story mainly. Thanks for sharing your review!

    • I can’t say I was a huge fan of Tally either, or the series for that matter. I thought the concept was really unique and interesting…but overall, I just liked the series. I’m glad you mostly loved it…I had really high hopes for it and wish I could have loved it!

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