Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
I have to start saying that this is probably my favorite cover of all times. Really! I mean, you can guess by my blog that green is my favorite color, so that has to do with it. But also, I've always love half-face pictures, the tricky part is.. can you actually tell who it is from it? Not really, its hard! But anyway, I love the cover art. Way too much!!
The plot was terrific. This has been one of the best scenarios that an author has managed to stick in my head. The whole ugly-pretty thing, wow! What a concept! When I was not reading, I was thinking about the book, the world, the story, everything. That's the power of a great book. It was excruciatingly hard to stop reading. The characters are great, I love Shay.
Maybe at first it took a while to get me interested, but then I figured he has too much to explain. The way Westerfeld makes you look at the world today, is priceless. It has definitely been more than just a novel for me. It has a message of equality that screams out of the story. I had never read his books, but he just became one of my favorite authors.