Tally can't wait to turn sixteen and become Pretty. Sixteen is the magic number that brings a transformation from a repellent Ugly into a stunningly attractive Pretty; and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks; Tally will be there. But Tally's new friend; Shay; isn't sure she wants to be Pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. 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 the worse 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.
Tally has finally become Pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect; her clothes are cool; her boyfriend is totally gorgeous; and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted. But beneath all the fun - the non-stop parties; the high-tech luxury; the total freedom - is the nagging sense that something is very wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally's Ugly past arrives. Reading it; Tally remembers what's wrong with Pretty life; and the fun stops cold. Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life...
'Special Circcumstances'...the words have sent chills down Tally's spine since her days as a repellent; rebellious Ugly. Back then; the Specials were a sinister rumour - frighteningly beautiful; dangerously strong; and breathtakingly fast. And now Tally's become one of them: a super-amped fighting machine; engineered to keep the Uglies down and the Pretties stupid. But one tiny corner of Tally's heart still remembers something different. When she is ordered to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke; she is forced to make one last choice: carry out the mission she's been programmed to complete; or listen to that faint yet persistent heartbeat telling her that something's wrong..
These days it's all about the fame. As if life isn't hard enough when you're fifteen; Aya Fuse's face rank of 451;369 is so low; she's a total nobody. An Extra. But when she meets a clique of girls who pull crazy; dangerous tricks in secret; Aya sees a way to get her popularity rating to soar...Aya is sure she's destined for a life in the spotlight; and if she can just 'kick' the story to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are; then the spotlight will be on her. But is Aya really prepared to be propelled out of Extra-land and into a world of instant fame; celebrity...and extreme danger
These went down very well with my daughter when she was 12 and she’s reread the set recently. She found the world of the book fascinating and I think it appeals a lot to teenagers growing up in an excessively visual, body conscious present.
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