This book saddened me, it really did. It has so, so, so much potential. I absolutely adored Uglies. It was original and gripping. I had no reason to doubt that Pretties wouldn't be just as good. This was a major letdown, though.
The first quarter of the book stole many braincells from me. If I ever have to see 'Bubbly', 'Dizzy-making', 'Fashion-missing', 'Pretty-making' or ''Bogus'' again, I'll throw a fit. Literally every second word was those, and they didn't even make sense no matter what context they were used in.
Halfway through the book, Zane and Tally are given the cure pills by a Smoky. Tally is too chicken to take both of them herself, so she gives one to Zane and takes the other. This results in Tally feeling 'totally bubbly' but Zane getting atrocious headaches all the time.
They're both fitted with tracking cuffs, and realize they need to get them off before they can attempt to escape, so they start starving themselves in an effort to make their wrists skinny enough to slide the cuffs off. This also leads Tally to feeling 'bubbly' all the time, and we begin to see little glimpses of the old Tally coming back.
Tally's then best friend Shay, finds out that Tally split the cure with Zane, and not her. She goes off in a huff and attempts to find a cure for herself, which she manages to do. Her and a group of people form a clique which is based around self-harm. They get together and cut themselves, which makes them feel 'bubbly' E.G gives them a high and they are able to think for themselves for a bit. They become known as the Cutters.
Tally and Zane plot their escape in some sort of hot air balloons. They manage to burn the cuffs of themselves, but end up getting separated during the escape. Tally crash lands in a river, and ends up finding a pre-Rustie tribe who believe she is a God. One man there, Andrew Simpson Smith, speaks ''the language of the Gods'' and takes Tally under his wing. The two of them set off, but Andrew believes that within seven days they will reach the end of the world. Sure enough, after seven days they are unable to get any further due to security systems put in place, and Tally finally realizes that it's actually a reservation and they're being experimented on.
When the ''Gods'' next visit, Tally ties up a doctor and steals a hovercar. She meets up with David, who takes her to the Smoke where Zane already is. David's mother explains to Tally that she made a grave mistake by splitting the cure, because Zane only got the part which broke down the pretty brain cells, but not the part that stops the brain being broken down and therefore the cure kept eating away at Zane's brain. She then tells Tally that she wasn't cured at all, but somehow managed to say 'Bubbly' all by herself, which was a major Mary Sue plot 'twist'.
It turns out that Zane had a chip implanted into his tooth and the Specials end up finding her and Zane, and they plan on making Tally into a special.
The book could have been amazing, it was a very interesting idea. However, it was put together all wrong and all the characters were different than they were in the first one. Tally turned out to be rather selfish, and David was impossible to read. It gets two stars from me because it's a nice concept.