Friday, 1 January 2016

Pretties by Scott Westerfield

So what do you call a book where the previous one was amazing, but the next is not that good? Well, I don't have such a word in my vocabulary, but I think I got it now. It's simple - Pretties! Uglies was simply wonderful, but this is just irritating.

Tally (still don't like the name) is finally a Pretty! What can go wrong? She has always wanted to be one, and now she is. Her best friend Shay has accompanied her to the New Pretty Town, and she has everything here. But when she receives a letter from herself, things change; she is stuck fighting whether she should accept the truth, or whether she should discard it.

All right, so where was I when I had to go? Yes, Tally's situation! Tally either has to take the pills and become Maddy's guinea pig, or live as she is with no changes.

Now let me list out the things that infuriated me:
Excessive use of the same word: Two words - two words is all this author knows. One is bogus, and the other is bubbly. Please, there is something known as thesaurus. Being a writer myself, I often refer to it so that I can bring a vivid variety, for all Westerfeld can do is write these two words. I apologize because I'm afraid I am not fond of books with the same words used excessively. But by reading this, I learnt one thing: how to write Scott Westerfeld. It's simple - take a look.
"Tally(Cassie, whatever you wish, but this author generally uses names which I find a little prosaic), this is just bogus. Being bubbly is just bogus."
Is the next book going to revolve around these two words, too? Well no thank you! I've had enough bogus and bubbliness for a lifetime!

Lack of compelling plot: The previous book was really nice; the plot was good, the language did not have the words 'bogus' and 'bubbly' pasted thousand times over it. But this book simply does not have it. Where is the apocalypse? Where is the catastrophe? I demand an explanation catastrophe; a plausible catastrophe, of course.

Eye catching event: Tally goes to ball, but before that she spends hours pages searching for a semi - formal dress only to subsequently find out that the theme has changed. Tally talks to Zane (Can someone teach Westerfeld some good names?!) She reads a letter she wrote to herself. She debates with herself. She does this, she does that, and everything is just monotonous. The story is just stagnant.

So basically, this book was one big, fat disappointment. Oh yes, and that's all. I reated it 3. 5 stars, remember.

Now should I read the next book, or not? Ugh! Now I'm in Tally's place: except I'm in much deeper trouble.

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