Spoilers if you haven't read Uglies. Minor spoilers for Pretties.
I'm feeling more and more sorry for Tally. Nothing she does seems to turn out right. At the end of Uglies, Tally has given herself up to be turned Pretty, with the intention of taking an experimental cure. In Pretties, it starts out with her not remembering. That's part of what the pretty operation does, it changes not just your body, it changes your mind. Is being pretty on the outside worth what it does to your mind?
I couldn't put Pretties down. I read it easily in three days. I could have read it in two, but my Hubby was bugging me to go to sleep. I am finding the Uglies series not just entertaining, but thought provoking. The people that Tally meets outside of the city, what Dr. Cable says to her, how she views herself, the New Smokies, the Crims, makes you think. Is being "pretty-minded" so bad? Everything seems under control, in general. There is peace and love and happiness, but is the cost too high? The Rusties (us, I'm presuming) destroyed themselves. If Tally succeeds, will it just happen again?
I did not expect what happened with Shay and the Cutters. I knew she was mad, but to do what she did. I guess I understand the Cutter thing, once she knew she couldn't get her hands on a cure, but after? Was it just to get revenge on Tally? Does she really hate Tally that much? It was a great addition to the series. It definitely makes me even more excited to read Specials, though with the title, I could have guessed what it was about.
I'm really enjoying Scott Westerfeld's series. I thought I would like it, but I didn't know how much. I didn't know that I'd be thinking that maybe, in the end, Tally and the Smokies won't succeed. That would certainly be an interesting twist. I'm wondering about the end of book 4; will Extras leave me with an open conclusion, an unknown future? Could the people living in the cities stop wanting to be pretty when that is what they've grown up with? I could see where Westerfeld got the idea for the series as it is littered with issues we deal with today.