Pub. Date: February 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

In Tally’s world fitting in is not an option. At 12 everyone goes to live in ‘Uglyville’, they live in dorms until they are 16, then they have the operation that turns them pretty so they can live in ‘New Pretty Town’. In New Pretty Town everyone is pretty and the only thing they have to do is have a good time. In three weeks Tally will be sixteen. Her best friend just became pretty and while waiting, Tally meets a new ugly, Shay, and they become friends.

Shay isn’t sure she wants to become pretty. Since she doesn’t have a choice, she runs away to the outside to a place with others who didn’t turn pretty. Tally stays behind, on the day of her sixteenth birthday, she learns just how serious the authorities are about everyone turning pretty. She is given a choice, track down Shay and the others to turn them in, or stay ugly forever.

This world Tally lives in is set hundreds of years in the future, everyone wears a tracking devise, there are hover boards and hover cars, electronic sensors on everything. Everything is closely regulated, the current rulers don’t want humanity to destroy the world, which is what almost happened in the past. But as in every civilization, there are those that rebel, and those that want to squash the rebellion. It is the age old battle of the little man against impossible odds. It is also a story of manipulation and treachery and a teenager faced with an impossible choice, a decision that could change her and her world forever.

I would put this book in the category of fantasy, the characters were well developed and the story moved along at a good pace, it kept my attention from start to finish. The twists in the story line were not unbelievable and at times expected. While not quite a 4-star book it was definitely better then 3 and I would recommend it.

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

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