In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly.
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license—for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteeth 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 outsite. 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.Simon Pulse - May 2011
A world where everyone's ugly. And then they're not.
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. 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 a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally's choice will change her world forever...
The New York Times bestsellerSimon Pulse - May 2011
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"With a beginning and ending that pack hefty punches, this introduction to a dystopic future promises an exciting series." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Highly readable... The cliff-hanger ending promises a sequel." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Teens will sink their teeth into the provocative questions about invasive technology, image-obsessed society, and the ethical quandaries of a mole-turned-ally... ingenious." —Booklist, starred review
"Asks engaging questions about the meaning of beauty, individuality and betrayal. Highly recommended for SF fans or anyone who likes a good, thoughtful adventure." —KLIATT, starred review
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