by Scott Westerfeld
Tally Youngblood just wants to turn 16 so she can be pretty. That's the magic age when everyone in society gets an operation that fits them all to the same standard of beauty. Uglies like Tally just wait, want, and fill their time making creative mischief. As her 16th birthday nears, Tally meets Shay, who doesn't WANT the operation--she wants to run away to live with the rebels in the Smoke. Tally soon has choices to make: follow & betray her friend, as the scientists demand, or never become pretty. Once she reaches the Smoke, the people and information she learn about put becoming pretty in a whole new light. Lots of action, too! The first in a trilogy.