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A little me for me at the start, couldn't get into to it but then bam it took ahold.

From birth until you are 16 years of age you look the way you are meant to, ugly as they call it. Then sweet sixteen roles around and you are taken away and made "pretty", in otherwords you are made to be like everyone else. Not only are you physically beautiful but mentally your mind is changed, you've "grown-up".

Fantastic story, brilliant even.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This book offers a lot to think about, but the package itself is a pretty predictable ride. I kept thinking of the old "Logan's Run" movie - it is a similar post-apocalyptic, everything-might-not-be-as-groovy-as-it-sounds kind of story. It's well told, moves quickly, and as I mentioned has a lot of food for thought, not only with regard to the nature of beauty, but regarding the nature of humanity and the consequences of technology. It's also a very human story: Tally is believable and mostly li ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tally can't wait for her birthday when she gets to have the operation to make her pretty. Everyone in Tally's world gets the operation to make them the ideal beauty once they turn sixteen. At least, Tally thought everyone got the operation. Her new friend Shay likes the way she looks and doesn't want the operation. Shay wants to runaway and find the Smoke, a community of peoples that stay ugly forever. Tally doesn't understand why anyone would choose to stay ugly, but when she is forced to confr ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to confess I liked this a lot more than I thought would. I used to love watching The Twilight Zone and one of my favorite episodes was when everyone became beautiful upon their (can't remember - 16th? 18th? birthday). This book was that episode expanded by quite a bit. Lots of interesting observations about what defines beauty and self-worth.

I think I'm actually going to have to read the next book!
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Tally youngblood lives in a world where everyone is considered ugly until they have surgery at 16 to turn them pretty. Tally's friend shay doesn't want to have the surgery and she runs away to the smoke. Tally is then forced to follow Shay and give away the smokes location or she'll stay ugly forever. The writing could stand improvement and the beginning of the book was really slow. The teen love story was boring to me. I did get sucked in by the end of the book so I do want to read the next boo ...more
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Shelves: young-adult, fiction, 2012
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