The trilogy (books 1-3) follows the high-tech adventures of Tally Youngblood. As an ugly, then a pretty, and finally a special, Tally works to take down a society created to function with perfect-looking people who never have a chance to think for themselves.
Book 1: UGLIES:
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? 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.
My Thoughts: I would compare this book to Hunger Games because it has a girl and her male best friend who are happy to be slightly rebellious and get away with tricks, until something becomes more important than just "tricking".
Book 2: PRETTIES:
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.
My Thoughts: I'm happy to see that Tally has finally committed herself to being the hero the "pretties" and "uglies" have been waiting for, and can't wait to keep reading.
Book 3: SPECIALS:
I was happy to see Shay and Tally on the same side again trying to undo the damage they had done (or the damage they thought they had done), and very pleased with the ending, although it was unexpected.
However I found it ironic that the thing they were trying to cure in this novel was the thing she decided to become in the end...and that's all I'll say for fear of spoiling the plot.
Book 4: EXTRAS
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