I’ve heard a lot about this book in the past and it’s always been on my to read list so when I spotted it in my local second hand bookshop I jumped at the chance to give it a go. It reminded me a little of the Requiem series by Lauren Oliver. Requiem was about an operation you get that makes you immune from love and this was about an operation that everyone gets that makes you beautiful.
Basically you spend your whole life until the age of sixteen being an ‘ugly’ and then at sixteen you get an operation that transforms you into a ‘pretty’. It’s quite creepy to be honest. It seemed obvious to me from the beginning that being Pretty messed up your brain somehow but this came out towards the second half of the book as a major twist.
Tally, the main character, reminded me a lot of the main character from the Requiem series as from the beginning both characters believed in the operations and the authorities that carried them out. As the story progresses however both learn shocking truths about the procedures and become the biggest advocates against them.
Tally was a character that you grew to like. She doesn’t instantly appeal and at times you want to shake her for being so blind to the horrible way her world works. However if you step back and think about the fact that she has been taught that this was the proper way to think from the moment she was born it’s a little easier to empathise with her.
I loved the whole excitement of the world that the author created and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next installment!