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370 pages, Paperback
First published November 1, 2005
Undergoing the Pretty Operation - aka the mandated set of operations at age 16 designed to make everyone as beautiful as possible - was all that Tally ever dreamed of....
What happens when perfection isn't good enough?
“Being pretty-minded is simply the natural state for most people. They want to be vapid and lazy and vain . . . and selfish. It only takes a twist to lock in that part of their personalities.”This operation was deemed necessary to save the remains of society - just look at the "Rusties" - aka everyone who used fossil fuels and started wars. They nearly killed the planet with their pollution and strip mining.
..humanity is a disease, a cancer on the body of the world.Tally Youngblood, despite being horrified at what was done to the Pretties, undergoes the operation herself. There (might) be a cure to the lesions and there needs to be a test subject.
“Their reasons don't mean anything unless I have a choice.”And finally (in typical YA fashion) we have a love triangle shoe-horned in to keep the everyone guessing at who is Tally's true love.