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 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…
The prose is super simple, but the overall message of the book, and the world it takes place in makes it stand out. There is a general disconnect from the characters though that never got me emotionally invested in Tally or her cohorts, and what kept me from really loving this book.
The message about physical appearance is really great and interesting, especially how it’s played against the world of the “rusties.” And I feel like the “lesions” could easily be equated to modern media obsession and how hard we are on our appearance, but there is enough unknown oppression that it doesnt come off as preachy.
It was entertaining, and a lot of my goodreads buddies gave these books 4+ star reviews, but there was just something lacking that kept me from being as excited about it as everyone else.