Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally Youngblood is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her driver's 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.
Anticipating this happy transformation, Tally meets Shay, another female ugly, who shares her enjoyment of hoverboarding and risky pranks. But Shay also disdains the false values and programmed conformity of the society. She'd rather risk life on the outside and urges Tally to defect with her.
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.
Some dystopian books I have a hard time seeing them happening, this one easily could. As obsessed with beauty as america is this seems like something that can easily happen.( Hopefully it never does)
This is my second book by Scott Westerfeld, the first being So Yesterday, I had high but not overly high hopes for this start of the series. So far i have been really enjoying the story even though I feel like Tally comes up with complex-amazing-always-seems-to-work plans a lot and they always are successful. But over all I really enjoyed it and the cliffhanger would be annoying if I didn't own the whole dang series. ( thanks Goodwill!) Overall I liked it, wasn't blown away but it was good and looking forward to the rest of the series and to see where we will find Tally by book 4.