Tally lives in a world where your 16th birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation that erases all your flaws, transforming you from an "Ugly" into a "Pretty". She is on the eve of this important event and cannot wait for her life to change. As well as guaranteeing supermodel looks, life as a Pretty seems to revolve around having a good time. But then she meets Shay, who is also 15 - but with a very different outlook on life. Shay isn't sure she wants to be Pretty and plans to escape to a community in the forest - the Rusty Ruins - where Uglies go to escape "turning". Tally won't be persuaded to join her, as this would involve sacrificing everything she's ever wanted for a lot of uncertainty. When she is taken in for questioning on her birthday, however, Tally gets sent to the Ruins anyway - against her will. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she could ever imagine: Find her friend, Shay, and turn her in or never turn Pretty at all. What she discovers in the Ruins reveals that there is nothing "pretty" about the transformations...and the choice Tally makes will change her world forever.
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I loved the premise of this story and couldn't wait to see what happened next. The events and characters were interesting and there were a few surprises on the way. Unfortunately, it felt like the writer just got bored at the end. I was listening to it as an audio book and was completely shocked when it just finished. Too much was left unresolved and to the reader's imagination. I much prefer my books to have a proper ending.
I feel like the female characters were constantly focused on men or their own looks. The author made Tally's friend look so 1 dimensional. Perhaps there is a purpose in that which I will find out when I happily read Pretties. The book leaves off with a major cliff hanger as though you are forced to keep reading. I don't mind but I do find that to be a cheap tactic.
"Great read :)"
I had wanted to read this when I was younger, and randomly came across the hard copy a couple of weeks ago. I am now hooked and excited for the next book :)
I thought this book was good. It was kinda slow at some parts but it overall was a good read. I didn't really like the reader she was ok. She doesn't have that much emotion.
"Great book 👍🏼"
This book and series is for people who like mystery, SciFi and dystopia books. I really enjoyed this series
loved it!! didn't want this amazing journey with Tally to end... recommend this book to all people!!
"love love love this series."
I love this series. I can't wait to listen to all of them. they are even better when read aloud.
"If it wasn't in my recommendations.."
The book was okay I listened to it because it was in my recommendaitons, the summary seemed like it would be good. But I don't feel like it was that attention capturing to be honest.
I'm going to read the rest of this series only because I don't like to start a series without finnishing it.
Her performance seemed pretty montone compared to some of the other's i've heard.
It was a fun listen, it's not bad, but I can't say it was good. I will not continue the series. It's very amateurish science fiction. More suitable for children and teenagers.
"Great book. I couldn't put it"
I can't wait to start he next book in the series. One of the best nooks I have this year.
"mono tone voice"
The book is amazing but the voice reading it is really bland with bad sentence flow.
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