In Tally Youngblood’s futuristic world, pretty is everything. The government has decided that if everyone looks the same, wars over ethnic and cultural differences will die a natural death and everyone will be peaceful…and Pretty. Life is just a waiting room, until that magical 16th birthday when government sanctioned surgeons nip and tuck former adolescent Uglies into gorgeous, cookie-cutter Pretties, who get to party nonstop and never worry about tomorrow. Until Tally meets Shay, all she wants is to be pretty. But then Shay tells her about a far away phantom society called the Smoke where people actually choose to stay Ugly and don’t care about parties. When Shay suddenly disappears, the government wants to know why. They tell Tally she must lead them to Shay or risk being Ugly forever. How can Tally choose between her best friend and her future? And does she have any hope at all of finding Shay? Or the Smoke? Uglies is an edge of your seat thriller, strong social commentary and richly characterized story, all rolled into one. It will have you thinking twice about your addiction to Extreme Make-Over! And the cliff-hanging ending will have you racing back to the library to check out the next three books in the series:Pretties, Specials, and Extras.