~by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties is the second volume of the Uglies Trilogy, and takes up the story right where the award-winning Uglies left off. Tally has gotten everything she has always wanted: to be Pretty--to have a hot boyfriend, lots of friends, parties and fun all the time, to be free to do whatever she wants and not to be responsible for anything. At least, that's what she used to want when she was Ugly. But that is before she found the Smoke, and unintentionally betrayed the community that lived in secret outside of the system.

Of course, she doesn't remember most of that now that she's been made Pretty; being Pretty isn't just a physical change, the brain is deliberately altered as well. But she does have a sense that something is just not quite right with her carefree world. And she's not the only Pretty who's uneasy. When someone from her Ugly past crashes a party to get her a message her world suddenly becomes more dangerous because she begins to remember what she's learned, and there are some people who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. Tally and her friends develop a daring plan to escape the confines of New Pretty Town and run away to the New Smoke. But with the authorities watching more closely every day, anything could go wrong and their time is running out.

Scott Westerfeld delivers yet another piece of great dystopian fiction for young adults with Pretties. I'm not sure which I've enjoyed most so far, but I will definitely be picking up Specials to finish off the trilogy.