Thursday, 15 August 2013
Book Review: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
Tally has it all. She's now a Pretty, her clothes are amazing, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, she's about to be voted into the most popular group and she's going to the best parties. But there are times when she just can't escape the feeling that there's something not quite right. Then she gets a letter from her past and she remembers.
I wasn't expecting the Pretty world to be quite so creepy! It's non-stop fun and parties but something's seriously off. Throughout this book you find out more and more about why it seems so creepy and it really is not nice! We also find out more about the Specials, their utter ruthlessness and they seem to be somewhat separated from every body else.
I read through this one rather quickly again, the whole Uglies series was a fairly quick read. It's very enjoyable and well written. The world building is pretty good, we see more of the half of the city that the Pretties live in (it's much nicer than the Uglies part!) and then there's Andrew's tribe (which brings home more of how the Specials see themselves).
To be honest, I'm rather more interested in Shay's story. She's a very strong character who's forced to figure things out for herself, whereas Tally seems to always have a boyfriend to figure these things out for her and drag her along for the ride. Shay's hatred is obsessive and while part of it is explained in the events that happen in The Smoke, I wish we'd seen more of her character development. They're both driven to escape the city and find out the truth of what's going on. Shay's methods are a little more extreme than Tally's, but it turns out that Tally may be very special indeed...