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Westerfeld, Scott. Pretties.

WESTERFELD, Scott. Pretties. (Sequel to Uglies.) Simon & Schuster. 370p. c2005. 0-689-865392. $8.99. JS*

This gripping sequel to Uglies begins as Tally is enjoying her new life as a pretty. She's with her best friends Shay and Peris again, she has a gorgeous new boyfriend named Zane, and she's about to join the most sought-after clique in New Pretty Town. But when she receives a message from her old friends in the Smoke, she's reminded of her mission: to test a cure for the brain surgery that dulls the minds of pretties. She and Zane share the cure, which clears their minds but makes Zane dangerously ill. The couple teaches the rest of their clique how to keep their minds clear without the cure. But with her newly clear mind, Shay remembers Tally's betrayal of the Smoke and breaks off to form a violent new clique of her own. Now hiding from Shay as well as the authorities, Tally and her friends must plan a daring escape from New Pretty Town--before it's too late for Zane.

Pretties continues to ask questions about friendship and betrayal, while building one of the most fascinating worlds in recent SF. It pulls no punches, gives no easy answers, and ends with a shocking cliffhanger that will leave you counting the days until the final book. Samantha Musher, Asst. Libn. Sys. & Cat., Dana Hall Sch., Wellesley, MA
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Author:Musher, Samantha
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Date:Jan 1, 2006
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