Tally Youngblood is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait for the operation that turns everyone from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to party. But new friend Shay would rather hoverboard to "the Smoke" and be free. Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The "Special Circumstances" authority Dr Cable offers Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
I read this series when it was first published, way before the Hunger Games came out, and I found the Hunger Games to be a much interesting story. This is a dystopian book series, but I did not like the writing one bit. The idea for the story is interesting, I'm just not crazy about Westerfields writing. Westerfield's writing was too bland and kept me wanting to put the book down not even eager to get to the next chapter. I didn't feel a connection to the book nor to the characters. It's not that bad of a book.