I really enjoyed Uglies, the first book in this quartet, so was disappointed to discover that Pretties wasn’t in the same league. It is impossible to give any details of the plot without spoiling Uglies, so I’ll just point you in the direction of my Uglies review if you are interested in starting the series.
Uglies was packed with thought provoking scenes, giving a scary prediction for the future of a society that places beauty as a high priority. Pretties contained nothing that got me thinking. It was a fast paced, but felt shallow and by the end of the book I felt as though the plot hadn’t made any progression from the end of Uglies.
I also found “pretty talk” to be very irritating. Words like “bogus” and “bubbly” were over used and began to wind me up:
Tally tried to be bubbly, but the thought of the costumed special lurking her was too dizzy-making.
….she knew it would be bogus not to agree. And that with a totally bubbly costume like a real-life Smokey sweater to wear, there was no way anyone would vote against her…..
They thought it was totally bubbly that real-life Specials were at the party….
Aaaaarrrggghhh!! I can’t remember such annoying writing in Uglies, but perhaps the fantastic plot made me forget about it.
Pretties was so disappointing I’ve almost decided not to read the rest of the series.
Pretties is dividing opinion in the blogging world:
….this book just felt like filler. Kiss My Book
….ends with a cliffhanger that sends you scurrying for the next book in the series. Rhapsody in Books
This book was un-put-down-able. Books and Movies