June 29, 2006 at 1:49 pm (Reads) ()

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.



  1. Scott said,

    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.

  2. Kat doc said,

    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.

  3. Amanda said,

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

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