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Pretties: Uglies, Book 2 | [Scott Westerfeld]

Pretties: Uglies, Book 2

Tally Youngblood never felt like the other Pretties - she almost didn't become one. But Tally isn't the only one who feels like she's missing a part of herself. After uncovering sinister clues about the Pretty surgery, she stumbles upon a possible cure for Pretty-mindedness and a possible escape from the city. But the cure could have deadly consequences.
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Publisher's Summary

Tally Youngblood never felt like the other Pretties - she almost didn't become one. But Tally isn't the only one who feels like she's missing a part of herself. After uncovering sinister clues about the Pretty surgery, she stumbles upon a possible cure for Pretty-mindedness and a possible escape from the city. But the cure could have deadly consequences.

Listen to more in the Uglies series, including Specials and Extras.

©2005 Scott Westerfeld; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Riveting." (Booklist)

“Westerfeld has built a masterfully complex and vivid civilization. His characters are multidimensional, especially Tally, who wrestles with what she has done in the past and what she will be forced to do in the future. Uglies and Pretties are both nearly impossible to put down.” (School Library Journal)

“Riveting and compulsively readable, this action-packed sequel does not disappoint. Just as good as its predecessor, it will leave fans breathlessly waiting for the trilogy’s final volume.” (ALA Booklist)

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    Martha Eau Claire, WI, USA 04-16-08
    Martha Eau Claire, WI, USA 04-16-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Split Decision"

    I read the book Uglies and am now listening to Pretty's. I enjoy the concept of the books in spite of their clumsy teenager angst. I find the writing to be a bit immature. I don't mean this in a negative way, just in a "not that polished" kind of way. There are some very interesting concepts presented that I thought could be expanded upon. I know it is written for teens, but am always disappointed when junior fiction books read as if their audience is a bit dense. That aside, I do like the author's idea of what our world progresses into and the way those generations look back to our time.

    The real reason for the low three star rating is the narration. I find the nasally voice extremely grating. I don't even know if I can finish listening to this book. I may have to go back to reading Prettys and Specials. The characters all sound completely brain dead - even the one's who aren't supposed to be. I can't decide if it would be better with a different narrator, or it's just the way the books are written that give it a very "patronizing" feeling.

    Summary: Book 4 stars, Narration 2 stars.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 12-16-09
    Melissa 12-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent story, horrible narration"

    I was so sad when I heard the narration for this wonderfully intriguing and fun novel... It is monotone and slow. The story is great, I recommend reading this series instead of listening to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 08-31-08
    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 08-31-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "A decent second book...."

    I've been impressed with this series so far. The concept isn't very original, but it's handled extremely well. The world of the Pretties is well thought-out.

    That being said, this book was not as good as Uglies. The character of Shay, in particular, is annoying, and not quite consistent with how she was in the first book. Also, while the first book was a self-contained story that ended with a cliffhanger to set this book up, this one seems to be only half the story.

    I do, however, really like the mythology within the world that is being established... I will be reading the third book next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michaela 03-20-13
    Michaela 03-20-13
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    "Slooooow...readeeeer"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. It would have saved much more time if I'd just read the book myself.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She reads too slowly, and it made my mind drift off more than usual during audiobooks


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 10-03-12
    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 10-03-12

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    "Better than the first book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pretties to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version because I got to lay back and imagine the world as its read to me! The narrators voice is horrid in the first hour of the first book, but you get use to it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pretties?

    My favorite part was when the main character found herself stuck in a test experiment. The experiment being a guarded sanctuary with different tribes of wild people killing each other!


    Which character – as performed by Carine Montbertrand – was your favorite?

    Shay was my favorite because the narrator used a chill voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not moved, but made me laugh out loud a couple times!


    Any additional comments?

    I felt this book was written better than the first. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to any of you that like Dystopian books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Irene HAMILTON, OH, United States 05-29-09
    Irene HAMILTON, OH, United States 05-29-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wish I had listened about the Narrator"

    I just started listening to Pretties. I am only in the first 10 minutes, but the way Shay's voice is done by the Narrator is horrible. I am going to try to continue listening, but after finishing a wonderfully narrated book (Fragile Eternity), I am going to remember NEVER to buy any audiobook using this narrator again! She really detracts from the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    gaby clover, SC, United States 09-14-13
    gaby clover, SC, United States 09-14-13
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    "really good book! you should read it if u havent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pretties to be better than the print version?

    yes its really good.


    What other book might you compare Pretties to and why?

    i really also like uglies. read that one first before u even read/look at this one. lol


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile 06-28-13
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    "An acceptable follow-up"
    Any additional comments?

    The follow up to Uglies, Pretties takes place after Tally has had the surgery and is loving life as a Pretty. After she receives a message from the Uglies she used to live with, she tries to shake off the juju that’s making her feel like she’s missing something. It’s not quite as simple as the book’s blurb makes it sound, though. She doesn’t just “wake up.” She has to decide if she wants to, then she has to fight hard to do it.

    The writing was similar to Uglies, so Pretties felt familiar. There were new words (balance missing, mili helens, pretty making, crim) and I eventually tired of their repetitiveness (especially combined with the narrator’s gravelly voice). If I never hear the word ‘bubbly’ again in my lifetime, it will be too soon. The same world-building was there, and expanded upon. We learned quite a bit more about the Specials and their role in society and the different technological ways the Pretties can play around with their appearances, and I have to say, most of them were darn weird.

    The same characters were back with a few more thrown in. We got to know Shay more (and it turns out she’s darn weird, too) and we were introduced to Zane, meant to form a love triangle with Tally and David. Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t get behind Zane. He was okay, but he was Pretty, you know? In my mind, he was no match for the Ugly David. Dr. Cable made several appearances and she was just as freaky and sneaky as ever.

    The narrator does a fine job, nothing spectacular. The cover is okay, a bit generic for me. There’s a girl with red hair (did Tally ever have red hair? I can’t remember) and a boy trying to push his way into the picture. Meh.

    An acceptable follow-up to Uglies, but not outstanding in its own right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Briana corpus christi, TX, United States 09-25-12
    Briana corpus christi, TX, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "loved it"
    What did you love best about Pretties?

    The story was awsome scott westerfields an awsome author


    Any additional comments?

    Plus the narrator reading it made the story way better she was a great addition

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryn 06-01-12
    Bryn 06-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Series - Slightly Annoying Accent"

    The performance was very good. However... the accent of the narrator was a bit annoying. Every "o" sound was pronounced as an "a" - rather like the accents of the locals where I grew up in Maryland. She would say "far-ed" instead of "forehead," "arange," instead of "orange," "harrible," instead of "horrible," etc. If you can get over that, then the rest of the narration was excellent. This is a superbly written dystopian series - very different but just as good as the Hunger Games series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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