Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…–Simon Pulse, 2005
In this youth-dominated post-apocalyptic world, people are separated by ugly and pretty. Because when you’re pretty, what is there to fight about? No more unfair advantages for the tall and attractive for jobs, political office-hell, life in general. No more racism and discrimination because everyone looks the same after they ‘turn’ or have the surgery that will make them pretty at age 16. But until then you’re ugly. You live separated from your family in school dorms in Uglyville till you turn, and then can cross the river and move into Prettyville. No, I didn’t make up those names. In Prettyville everyone is pretty and does nothing but party all day. How this society thrives or even affords a population that adds nothing to it isn’t explained, but hey you’re pretty now, what do you have to worry about?