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PrettiesPretties by Scott Westerfeld


I want to talk about Pretties, since it is just as good and emotional as the first book in this series, Uglies, but I’m afraid that if I do, I’ll spoil part of that book for those of you who have yet to read it. So I’m going to refrain from a lot of details in this review.

I will say this, though: From the beginning, the author has made it clear that Uglies is the first book in a trilogy, and he also makes the titles of the sequels quite clear. It’s Uglies, followed by Pretties, and then concluded with Specials. So, we already know the focus of each book; what we don’t know is what takes the characters in each direction.

If this series is any indication, Scott Westerfeld is one of the most underrated writers writing today. He has an incredible sense of pacing and suspense, and he creates very real characters who grow organically, and not just as the story dictates they develop. The theme of the trilogy seems important, and I’m eager to see the direction in which he takes the story in its final volume. He keeps the reader guessing, but not so that it ever seems forced or contrived.

Read this series.


June 29, 2006 - Posted by | Reviews, YA Fiction


  1. Just wanted you to know I randomly found your site and found this recommendation and in the past two days have torn through both Uglies and Pretties. Going to pick up Specials today!

    Thanks so much for writing that review.

    Comment by Scott | November 30, 2006 | Reply

  2. I have been trying to find a list of characters for the pretties for months. I read the pretties a year ago, but dont remember what happened to what characters. and exactly how the book ended. I gave it to a friend and dont want to buy it again just so i can refresh my memory. I bought the specials today but do not want to read it until i refresh my memory. If it is not too much trouble, it would help me SOOOO much ifyou could e-mail me a list of the characters and imporrtant stuff about them and what the rusties are.and what the difference between specials and cutters are. i would really appreciate it.

    Comment by Kat doc | March 24, 2007 | Reply

  3. i love your reveiws. i have read both uglies and pretties they are so good!

    Comment by Amanda | November 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras are the reason I started to pick up books again. I considered reading to be my enimy untill I picked up the uglies. now I wish the stories would never end.

    Comment by liz | May 22, 2008 | Reply

  5. hey ive read this book before it is fantastic drama but it is good

    Comment by rhonda | October 11, 2008 | Reply

  6. I just finished uglies and I am trying to read pretties online, i hope I can find it! 🙂

    Comment by secretive person | February 27, 2009 | Reply

  7. Uglies was my favorite book it beet twilight i am still trying to find it i can’t find it in librariesor in stores do u know were i can find it

    Comment by kaylee | March 4, 2009 | Reply

  8. I loved the Uglies series. They beet all of the other books even the Twilight series. These books made me love to read and become a bookworm

    Comment by Jewan Attallah | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  9. the uglies rocks

    Comment by hello | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  10. i loved ugliesbut cant seem to fin pretties in a library so if you could please tell me where online i can read pretties that would really be helpful. Thankyou.

    Comment by guimel | October 20, 2009 | Reply

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