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blog about Pretties and the whole series Westerfeld knows that he s writing to teens so he s trying about Pretties and the whole series Westerfeld knows that he s writing to teens so he s trying address a LOT of issues that teens face One is obviously being superficial Remember reading the teen magazines hearing all of the celebrity gossip not to mention our own school gossip trying to dress well and be cool Maybe The Story of Rose ONeill you were better than I was and didn t get pulled into that but most teens are And often the pull doesn t go away onceou turn 20 and aren t a teen any I still find myself tempted to read the covers of the gossip magazines at the grocery store to watch another cookie cutter uninspiring store to watch another cookie cutter uninspiring flick or to read the mindless uick read books It s harder to choose the book that I ll struggle through but that will make me think and maybe even change or to turn off the tv when a couple of beautiful people are on the screen no matter what kind of dumb things they re saying When Peris chooses the promise of blissful ignorance and laxity of the Pretty society part of Minibeasts Under a Stone you can t really blame him Who wants problems Who wants to have to think and to work when we can just be entertained instead We have to consciously choose to resist that pull and teens are just being introduced to itAnother issue is our treatment of the environment I think that Westerfeld isn t advocating the pristine sustainable development of the Pretty society or the wasteful stupidity of the Rusties our present state but something in between that Tally gets a glimpse of with the Smokies A reverence and appreciation for nature but an understanding that nature is to provide for our needs and so cutting down a tree is not a sin some tree hugging extremists today might take the Pretties side on this don tou thinkWhen the Rusties come along he s again attacking our tendencies for senseless violence adherence to illogical traditions women s subservience just because it s always been that way and even religious piety uestion authority he s saying all throughout the book That s what teens do naturally but he s targeting an authority that they don t always recognize the media Teens now can t live without their iPods they go to the movies every weekend spend hours and hours online and are basically overloaded by the media All of this keeps them from thinking on their own This book makes H灰とダイヤモンド 2 [Haito Diamond 2] you think and hopefully can encourage some teens to think on their own and pull themselves away from all of the media that tries so hard to tell them what to think In addition to all of his preaching Westerfeld writes a captivating series with convincing characters and and drawsou into his intriguing world as ou read his books Pretties Uglies 2 Scott WesterfeldPretties is a 2005 science fiction novel and the second book of the Uglies Trilogy written by Scott Westerfeld The premise of the novel relies on a future set in a future dystopian world in which everyone is turned Pretty by extreme cosmetic surgery upon reaching age 16 It tells the story of teenager Tally Youngblood who rebels against society s enforced conformity 1396 312 9786008537373 21 What happens when perfection isn t good enough Scott Westerfeld PrettiesI read this whole series from beginning to end There were some things I liked about it I liked Tally And I liked the world building and the imageryHowever there were so many things I did not like I was n ot all that drawn in and I thin k that is
#Because The Story Has #the story has much action and non dialogue to it that it really did not do anything for me I was a bit bored franklyAs mentioned by others the cutting seuences bothered me and I too do not think that is great stuff for a YA to be reading Oh manI feel so OLD But it is true I have known many real li. 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 wantedBut beneath all the fun th. .
Fe cutters whose world would not be better served in reading thisI did enjoy reading about the hover crafts and the life of the Pretties BUT TALLY S NEMESIS WAS SO Tally s nemesis was so and the end of part two really bothered me although of the three books this one is likely written the best and the only one I did Not Skim I Really Disliked skim I really disliked threedon t even get me startedI also just think it was a Bit to YA for me I loved threedon t even get me startedI also just think it was a Bit to YA for me I loved Hunger Games series The Divergent series and part of the Delirium series but the UgliesPretty series I can take or leave I m pretty disappointed with this book The last one was pretty good but this one not so great They kept using this stupid pretty language that annoyed me to no end If i hear that anything is Bogus bubbly pretty making fashion missing ect EVER again i might have to strangle that personBesides the annoying slang the main character is now a complete twit She is a Pretty sure but she made some really stupid decisions The worst was at the end She picked the WRONG guy and that s all i m going to say on that subjectThere s also the fact that Scott kept comparing her to a princess in a tower Well not even princesses are that dim She completely left her old friends for some guy who didnt even really like her He only liked the fact that she was rebellious So for this guy she leaves her BEST friend Peris her TRUE love David and turns her back on her only REAL friend Shay For whatNot a good book I m not even sure i want to read the next What I found most interesting about Pretties was its thematic use of various forms of bodily mutilationeating disorders In a perfect society where everyone is brain damaged into peace and transformed into absolutely perfectly beautiful creatures how do ou rebel By starving Haram Lokma yourself cuttingourself in a lesser sense by covering The Keys To The House, Tree, And Person your body in tattoos Tattoos as mutilation is a controversial thought and I m not sure I know where I stand with it I mean are some tattoos okay but a body full of them not The social stigma and our association of tattoos with crime wild people tramps etc has a lot to do with it I like my tattoo and Jim s three tattoos andet I really don t want either of us to get any It s kind of weird But these teenage boys and girls they look perfect Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest 1 Uglies 2 Pretties 3 Specials Not read Unjust Deserts yetPretties is the second book in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld I loved the first book a lot and I had to continue the series In the first book we are introduced to a world where beauty means everything People are born as Uglies and once they turn 16 they undergo plastic surgery and become Pretties Tally is still an Ugly and all she ever wants to do is become a Pretty After all all of her friends are already Pretties But she meets Shay who doesn t want to become pretty and during amazing adventures in the first book Tally discovered that there is much in the world than just being a PrettyIfou haven t read the first book George V. Higgins yet please be aware that this review will contain SPOILERS Ifou want to know though I would suggest reading my review of the first book UgliesIn Pretties Tally is now a Pretty herself She is completely different until one day a person from the old crew pays her a visit She can vaguely remember some things and a challenge is in front of her A letter from herself from the past will make her remember why she is a Pretty now and what she needs to do next But accepting such a task means danger of being found out and silenced forever But if she succeeds she might actually find a cure to being a Pretty My Thoughts Filled with adventure I read this book in only a few sittings I am in love with the world the author created and the moral E 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 Ilemmas he tests us on The chapters and scenes are vivid entertaining and
never dull I did however struggle with characterisation Even though I am adull I did however struggle with characterisation Even though I am a fan of Tally she wasn t much different from any other character They were all sort of the same believing in almost the same things and not much else was said I would really have loved to see perspectives from the Specials but I think that is coming in the third book which gets me all the excited The last few chapters were everything and I will cherish all the moments Many book highlightings were and I will cherish all the moments Many book highlightings were and many uotes were remembered I also need to mention that plot twist in the end I should have seen it coming because all the clues were there but I didn t And I can t wait to read book number 3 I recommend it to all readers who enjoy different worlds adventure a bit of fantasy and dystopiaBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest What happens when perfection isn t good enough Undergoing the Pretty Operation aka the mandated set of operations at age 16 designed to make everyone as beautiful as possible was all that Tally ever dreamed ofWell until in typical YA fashion she learns that her loving and kind government actually inserted lesions into the brain thus neutering the populationThese lesions made Pretties incapable of anger meanness and anything that reuired difficultly Everything is bubbly and happy making Being pretty minded is simply the natural state for most people They want to be vapid and lazy and vain and selfish It only takes a twist to lock in that part of their personalities This operation was deemed necessary to save the remains of society just look at the Rusties aka everyone w If I never hear the word bubbly again I ll die happy Just like Uglies Pretties is an entertaining read Tally s adventures continue as she becomes pretty and fights to regain her awareness We meet some new characters including Tally s new love interest The story moves fast and gets intense in the third part of the book Like many mentioned before the pretty talk gets annoying There is only so many times Black Brothers, Inc. you can take the word bubbly repeated But I guess the author was trying to create a pretty language indicative of the slow pretty thinking This series though entertaining still lacks something for me I think this something is emotional depth and intensity of feeling There are some other authors Suzanne Collins and Neal Shusterman for example who can convey emotions much better than Westerfeld in my opinion Apparently being pretty also meansou use the words bubbly and bogus Seriously Have we suddenly been transported back to the 1990s I have to admit every time Tally or Zane or Shay or anyone used the words bubbly and bogus I rolled my eyes Which means I was rolling my eyes for ninety percent of this bookI was pretty disappointed with Pretties there isn t much plot difference between it and Uglies In Uglies Tally want to be pretty and in Pretties Tally wants to be a Crim Tally fights with Shay escapes to the Smoke gets lost along the way only be saved by another group she didn t know existed reaches the Smoke and then betrays the Smokies The only difference is Tally discovers how the cure David s mother created at the end of Uglies works and the social experiment the doctors in Tally s world run And while it was nice to undersand about Tally s world it just isn t enough to carry Pretties Oh and instead of David making Tally s heart going pitter patter it s Zane who always felt a little off to meI just wasn t hooked by the second book in this trilogy and I m hoping the third book Specials redeems this series for me My friend Helen ranks the series as Specials Uglies Extras and then Pretties so I know I m not alone. Ith pretty life and the fun stops coldNow 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 survi. .